Kevin Garnett could barely hide his joy standing on the field of Stanford Bridge, the home of London’s soccer team Chelsea. Garnett, with his team, the Brooklyn Nets, in England as a part of a campaign to expand NBA global presence in eight different countries, admitted that he was eagerly waiting to visit the Chelsea soccer club and exchange jerseys with some of its players. The NBA veteran was welcomed warmly and even took a picture with a replica Champions league trophy, the biggest honor in European soccer, which Chelsea won in 2013.
Garnett is not the only NBA star who wants to get involved in the most popular sport in the world. Recently LeBron James invested in the Liverpool soccer club, and Garnett said that he might take ownership stake after his retirement. Interestingly, both the Brooklyn Nets and Chelsea have Russian billionaire owners, so there might be a connection after all.