Kevin Garnett will have none of Jason Kidd’s plan to sit him in back-to-backs

Posted on: September 24th, 2013 by Devin Kharpertian Comments

Kevin Garnett

Kevin Garnett. (AP)

Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd has made no secret of his steep learning curve as a first-time coach. One of his first lessons: telling the media his plans for Kevin Garnett sitting before talking to Garnett himself.

Earlier this summer, Kidd told the media that he had plans to sit Garnett on one end of back-to-back games, ensuring that his 37-year-old legs would be well-rested for the playoffs.

How did Garnett take the news?

"He was mean," Kidd joked to the media today.

"He wanted to talk about it. So we're in the process of talking about it. So I'm gonna trust him with it and we're going to go from there."

Here's my guess for how Garnett reacted when Kidd called him:

In 17 games on the second half of back-to-backs last season, Kevin Garnett averaged 15.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, shooting 55.8% from the field, but was noticeably fatigued in the playoffs. Kidd will likely sit Garnett more and more down the stretch as the Nets approach the playoffs, but it's probably a good idea to see how the motor's running early.

"I trust KG," Kidd added. "This is a player who's played at a high level, he knows his body better than anybody. So I'll give him that opportunity to get his rhythm."

Comments

  1. avatar M I K E says:

    I’m loving Kevin Garnett’s attitude…He wants to play and be a big part of this team.
    I suspect Pierce will also do the same…They will let Kidd know how they feel and when they need rest.

  2. avatar M I K E says:

    People talk about how Pierce and Garnett were “tired” during the playoffs.
    At least they were playing…I remember JJ was tired and hurt during our playoffs and I bet there were a lot of other players around the league that missed games or didn’t play at all during the playoffs.
    If they both stay healthy I’m pretty sure they will be fine come playoff time. Our team should be deep enough to give them plenty of rest especially down the stretch.

  3. avatar universal says:

    Sounds like KG came for him lol.  Kidd better learn quick to keep things in house.

  4. avatar NJBK44 says:

    Good point, Mike.  Hopefully, there should be plenty of wins where Pierce and Garnett barely sniff the 4th qtr and helping to manage their minutes.  I am hoping to see lots of Alan Anderson, Mirza, and Mason Plumlee as the clock expires.

  5. avatar YehYeh says:

    I’m hoping Kidd can convince the starters to plan for the playoffs, as veteran teams usually do. We don’t need 62 wins. Making the playoffs in good position to compete is what we want . The long season can be like an extended training camp, just to get ready.

  6. avatar YehYeh says:

    I’m hoping Kidd can convince the starters to plan for the playoffs, as
    veteran teams usually do. We don’t need 62 wins. Making the playoffs in
    good position to compete is what we want . The long season can be like
    an extended training camp, just to get ready.