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Jason Kidd says Kevin Garnett ‘probably’ won’t play in back-to-backs

Aug 16, 2013, 3:20 PM EDT

Newly acquired Net's NBA players, Garnett and Pierce, look on as head coach Kidd speaks during a news conference introducing them in Brooklyn Reuters

The Nets bolstered their starting lineup this summer by gutting a rebuilding Celtics team and adding Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to fill out what should be one of the most formidable starting lineups in all of basketball next season.

Age is a legitimate concern, however, as Pierce is 35 and Garnett is 37.

The regular season is a long grind for veteran players, and making sure that the team is as close to full strength as possible for the playoffs is an important part of managing the team throughout the year.

It’s not surprising, then, that first time head coach Jason Kidd is already having discussions about resting one of his new key players.

From Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York:

Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd has discussed the possibility of power forward Kevin Garnett not playing in both games of back-to-back sets this season.

“When you look at KG, probably no back-to-backs, but those are just topics right now that are being thrown around,” Kidd said Friday.

The Nets will play 20 sets of back-to-back games. Garnett is 37, and the Nets want to make sure their newly acquired veteran stays healthy throughout the regular season.

Good luck with that, coach.

Garnett is as competitive as they come, and if he’s feeling at or near 100 percent, it’s going to be tough to convince him to willingly wear a suit on the bench 20 times out of 82.

Even Tim Duncan, also 37, didn’t rest that much last year; he missed only 13 of San Antonio’s regular season contests. And we know how overly-cautious Gregg Popovich can be with resting his starters.

With that being said, Garnett did miss 14 games while with the Celtics last season. Kidd may be able to convince him to sit out some of those back-to-backs (to be clear, we’re talking about the second night of a back-to-back set), but getting Garnett on board with missing 20 games if he’s healthy at the time seems like a bit of a stretch.

  1. 12444uggg - Aug 16, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    I wounder how having 3 HOF’ers who are all equally qualified to be “coach” is going to work out for the Nets and specifically Kidd.

  2. stayhigh_247 - Aug 16, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    that all depends on who they are playing. I bet he plays if its Chicago and then Miami, or the Clips and then OKC, etc…in those cases it would bode well to give him the game off before the back to backs. You can tell J Kidd is a rookie coach, I would never divulge that kind of info to the public, i just list him as out with a sore back etc….

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 16, 2013 at 4:05 PM

      just put him as DNP-OLD

      • jimeejohnson - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:14 PM


  3. abchome - Aug 16, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Had Spurs been fined for resting healthy players? How can you talk about resting healthy player publicly? Yet fines are probably no big deal to Prokhorov though.

    • jcmeyer10 - Aug 16, 2013 at 6:20 PM

      As Jermaine Dupri once said, “Money ain’t a thang”. Guy is worth billions and is essentially spending two rosters worth to field this roster due to the luxury tax.

      Prokhorov could hand Stern a blank check.

  4. bucinnj - Aug 16, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    I love the picture. If Kidd was telling the media no back 2 backs, I bet KG’s head whipped around and Kidd got the “What you talking bout, Willis?” stare.

  5. lastdukestreetking - Aug 16, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    @abchome Spurs were fined for sitting their “big 3” against Heat last season for a mational tv game.

  6. elnogo - Aug 16, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    He doesn’t have to go the DNP way. Just go with good management of his minutes.

  7. shanelsweet - Aug 16, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    So, he’s out for about 20 games already and they haven’t even made training camp yet. I want to revise my over/under of total games played by him and Pierce down to 75. Then back to Boston they’ll go as heroes.

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:15 PM

      Goin’ back as heroes, anyway.

    • jcmeyer10 - Aug 17, 2013 at 10:54 AM

      Yah, unless Pierce and Garnett take a dump mid-court on Jan 26th, they will always be heroes to me.

  8. seattlenative57 - Aug 17, 2013 at 3:04 AM

    Gimme a break. Adding these two “seniors” does nothing to boost the pathetic Nets besides the teams Obamacare contribution in premiums paid. Pierce and KG will be lucky to be standing, let alone playing, come April-May. Believe that.

  9. chris8744 - Aug 17, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Everybody here, including the writer of the article, is horrible at math. Twenty sets of back to backs means he would miss TEN games, not twenty. The plan, obviously, isn’t for him to sit out both games of each set. Just for him not to play on back to back nights. Does anybody here actually know anything about basketball?

    • Kurt Helin - Aug 31, 2013 at 12:20 PM

      No, they have 20 back-to-backs, or 40 such games. Go look at the schedule. He will miss 20 games if the Nets do this.

  10. imakcds - Aug 17, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    You never know when those creaky old parts will feel freshly oiled and well tuned, and if you don’t take advantage, you run the risk of fast developing rust.
    Did I mention Freedom from Pain? That hardly ever goes away in the ‘aged’.

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