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.”