Kevin Garnett has a reputation.
As a result of this well-earned rep and his long-documented desire to do whatever it takes to win, he can be a little intimidating to the league's youngsters.
But not Julius Randle.
Essentially a rookie—the Los Angeles Lakers forward played 14 minutes in last year's opener before succumbing to a season-ending broken leg—Randle jawed his way into drawing a technical foul on Garnett.
Then, a quarter later, had the gall to toss an inbounds pass off the back of the Big Ticket.
The second-year pro finished his first full NBA game with 15 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 assists.
KG got the last laugh however, as his Timberwolves came back from a 16-point second-half deficit to win 112-111 behind an insane Ricky Rubio stat line: 28 points, 10-of-17 shooting, 14 assists, and only 1 turnover.