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Kevin Garnett on Nets: “I think everybody here is embarrassed”

Nov 25, 2013, 10:22 AM EDT

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Frustration bubbling to the surface in the Nets locker room is understandable — after five straight losses and falling to 3-10 on the season Sunday with a loss to the Pistons I’d be more worried if they weren’t a little angry. Brooklyn has one of the worst defenses in the NBA so far this season and its offense is stagnant and filled with easy-to-defend isolations.

How the team handles that frustration remains to be seen.

Kevin Garnett summed it up well, but also put a more positive spin on it than his teammates, via

“I think everybody here is embarrassed,” said power forward Kevin Garnett, who went 2-for-9 from the field in 23 minutes and is shooting 34.9 percent from the field this season. “You definitely don’t want [to be booed] at home. Like I’ve been saying, we’re going to continue to work to try to change this as best we can.”

Coach Jason Kidd has the backing of management but the first signs of any player frustration with the coach bubbled to the surface in this kind of back and forth from Kidd and Paul Pierce, via the New York Daily News.

“(The second unit) deserved to play. I should have let them play the whole game or the whole quarter,” Kidd said after wrapping up a long meeting with GM Billy King and his two assistant GMs, which they conducted in the hallways of the locker room area. “They’re playing, you know, for one another. It’s not perfect but that group that gave us an opportunity by cutting it to eight.”

“We got to understand teams aren’t going to play the same way they did in the first half as they did in the second half because teams make adjustments, especially when they are down,” Pierce said. “And we got to realize that and adjust with that.”

The Nets need a lot of help, but it starts with getting healthy — they need Deron Williams and Brook Lopez. Especially Lopez. Once they have everyone they can work on the defensive issues (Lopez really helps there, as is pointed out at Hoopscritic) and getting some movement in the offense.

The good news is with all the struggles they remain just two games out of the playoffs in an East and three games out of the lead in the weak Atlantic, this could be turned around quickly.

  1. legend30 - Nov 25, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    New York Nets.

  2. onlyavoice - Nov 25, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Ray Allen Is LHAO.

  3. mimaiheatdynasty - Nov 25, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    I’ll tell you what doe, I wouldn’t want to be a #1 seed having to play dem as a #8 seed. BK would be annoying as heck.

    • legend30 - Nov 25, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      3-10, and you’re talking about playoffs? They only played 13 games and all of their starters already been hurt. This team won’t make it after 82 games, they need the All-Star break already.

    • abxyer - Nov 25, 2013 at 11:49 AM

      playoff? PLAYOFFS? you talking about playoffs????
      Don’t be an idiot…..BK will be expensive bottom feeders for a long time to come.

      • shanelsweet - Nov 25, 2013 at 1:10 PM

        The joy will be in watching to see just how much loot the other teams manage to take off of that Russian owner throwing money around like that’s all it takes to win. They have got him locked into years of overpaying for his talent. Sort of reminds me of Danny Snyder of the Redskins.

        As an aside, do NBA fans have some sort of class action against the NBA for promoting a “Salary Cap” of $58 million, but letting a team have a salary of $187 million? Makes a mockery of any sense of fair competition.

  4. raycharlesj - Nov 25, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Did last years Lakers move to Brooklyn this season??? ha ha ha I’m so happy for Garnett!!!! ha ha ha he really deserves what he is getting signed Ray A.

  5. abxyer - Nov 25, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Nets went from heavy contenders during the summer to flat liners in 13 games!

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