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Jason Kidd told Kevin Garnett he planned to cut his minutes, KG did not like that

Oct 1, 2013, 6:37 PM EDT

Newly acquired Brooklyn Net's NBA player Kevin Garnett listens during a news conference introducing him in Brooklyn Reuters

Doc Rivers tried to limit Kevin Garnett’s minutes a little in Boston last season, having him sit out some games, but Garnett still averaged almost 30 minutes a night when he did play. (Rivers’ hands were tied, when KG came off the court the Boston defense turned to mush.)

New Nets coach Jason Kidd want’s to keep Garnett’s minutes under control as well, keep the 37-year-old fresh for the playoffs. He’s got a little depth up front to give him some options, such as not playing KG on half of a back-to-back.

So Kidd went to tell Garnett the plan and… that didn’t go to well. Those are not my words, they’re Garnett’s, as he told the USA Today.

“It didn’t go too well,” Garnett said. “I understand what he’s saying. He just wants to make sure I’m durable. … I just don’t want to be told anything. I think I’ve earned the right to have an opinion on something that I’m doing. From a chemistry standpoint, I think it’s important for me to be out there with everybody.”

To paraphrase Sgt. Hulka — lighten up, Kevin.

Yes you need to form a bond with your team, and you have the right as a veteran to have your voice heard (I have a feeling that is the big issue here, he wants to be consulted). That said, Kidd is right. If you came to win a ring — as you keep saying — you need to be fresh come the playoffs. It’s a long season, you’ll get your bonding.

But you need your rest, too. Brooklyn is potentially very good but there are a lot of questions and not a lot of margin for error in a conference with the Heat, Pacers and Bulls (plus those Knicks just over the bridge). The Nets need to be right come the playoffs to have a chance.

That means a rested KG. So listen to your coach.

  1. bhunter1995 - Oct 1, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Dont play him against scrub teams, let him sit and give the minutes to Blatche and AK who are both productive players. The Nets have enough talent to win withou KG when they are playing Orlando or the Raptors. When he does play keep his minutes to 29 or 30 a game. Kidd is rihht they need him to be fresh come playoff time and they need to keep him healthy. I dont care how much of a warrior KG is, he is 37 and he nreds his rest.

    • jcmeyer10 - Oct 1, 2013 at 7:46 PM

      They need to play him and Pierce just enough to secure home court advantage in the first round.

  2. ji8888 - Oct 1, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Haha. The season hasn’t started yet and KG is already disagreeing with Kidd. Can’t wait till that overrated, slow, and old team collapses.

    • jcmeyer10 - Oct 1, 2013 at 7:48 PM

      Have you paid attention to KG? He disagreed with Doc on this stuff too. Showing no difference between Doc and Kidd.

  3. tomshoe - Oct 1, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    He’s old, it’s for the best.

  4. mrfsilva - Oct 2, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    KG is really not helping the rookie coach speaking out like that. Bad move.

  5. 00maltliquor - Oct 2, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    This is going to be a fun season :-D

  6. 00maltliquor - Oct 2, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Stand your ground Jason! Don’t let that turd tell you how to do your job! Put on your big boy slacks, play him 24 min. a night, and rest him on back 2 backs! Break him Jason, break him!

  7. totoywoods - Oct 3, 2013 at 1:36 AM

    old man listen to the kidd!

  8. rtjanuary1 - Oct 3, 2013 at 4:35 AM

    what is this guy smoking? save yourself for money time you nitwit!

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