Not only with LeBron James, but with Chris Paul.
"Loyalty is something that hurts you, at times," Garnett said. "I can honestly say that if I could go back and do my situation over, knowing what I know now with this organization, I'd have done it a little sooner."
It's a slightly different set of circumstances, however. Garnett stuck with a Minnesota Timberwolves franchise that got as far as they could go and then Glen Taylor couldn't afford to build it up any more and, eventually, he had to start breaking it down. Dan Gilbert may be losing big money on the Cavaliers -- a small market team paying luxury tax is never a sound business model -- but he remains willing to spend what it takes to maintain a winning team. But for how long can he sustain it?
Paul's situation in New Orleans is more like what Garnett experienced in Minnesota, but perhaps worse. Though the ownership transfer between George Shinn and Gary Chouest could still get done, right now the 25-year-old Paul has to start thinking about his career and whether the Hornets will ever be able to build and sustain a championship-caliber team around him before the tail end of his prime.