Nets Notebook: Kevin Garnett fights benching even in preseason

Kevin Garnett
Kevin Garnett was not happy to sit on the bench Tuesday despite playing at the Sixers the night before.
Credit: Getty Images

For virtually any player in the NBA not named Kevin Garnett, the conversation about them getting a preseason game off would be brief. If a player has logged a lot of minutes and the team is playing a third game in four nights, the response is usually “OK, no problem, coach.”

For Garnett, the tone is more serious.

He drew laughs on media day when he said conversations about resting during the regular season had not “gone well” and Monday in Philadelphia said he was playing the role of “good soldier.”

“I think one we’re playing three in four nights and also he’s been great for us up to this point in training camp, so I thought it was time to reward him and give him the night off even though he didn’t want to,” Kidd said. “I think he understands he can get his work in now and cheer the guys on.

“There’s always going to be times that are in agreement or disagree, you have to find what makes sense and this makes sense. It is preseason, but he’s a competitor.”

Kidd said he would take the time off later in his career, but not many have the competitive makeup of Garnett.

“I would love to do that. I would do it during the season,” Kidd said. “That’s the makeup of KG. He’s a competitor. Today at shootaround, I told him, ‘No running.’ He’s running to get back on defense.

“That’s who he is. He’s a winner. He’s always paying attention to detail. Anytime he puts on that jersey or those basketball shoes, he’s a competitor. But yeah, he’s one of the rare ones that wants to play in every game and some of us, including myself want a day off, hopefully it would be a week off.”

Those exchanges about sitting in back-to-backs will initially occur the second weekend of the season when the Nets visit Washington on Nov. 8 and host Indiana the following night.

“I know throughout the season, I’m going to have to answer this question but this is a deep team and I think that’s the way he sees it,” Kidd said.

Garnett has played 39 minutes in his first three preseason games. He has scored 16 points on 8-of-15 shooting while grabbing 15 rebounds.

Kidd looks ahead to jersey retirement

Hours before last night’s game, there was a rehearsal of the jersey ceremony that will take place Thursday at halftime when the Nets hoist Kidd’s No. 5 to the rafters.

Kidd said he wanted the ceremony to take place during a less distracting portion of the year, which is why it will take place in the team’s final home preseason game.

Though if Kidd has his way, the event would take place while he was in the interview room in his coaching sweats.

“We can do it right now,” Kidd said. “They can put it up. They don’t need to hear from me. It’s a great honor. It goes without saying my coaches and teammates belong up there too because they were a big part of that.”

Follow Nets beat writer Larry Fleisher on Twitter @LarryFleisher.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

News

Mets mascot Mr. Met target of Bill Clinton…

Mets mascot Mr. Met has told how he ended up in the crosshairs of a Secret Service sniper rifle. The man behind the Mr. Met…

International

Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."

National

Chelsea Clinton pregnant with first child

Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with her first child.

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

Movies

Review: 'Transcendence' is not stupid but sometimes lacks…

The cyberthriller "Transcendence" explores artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and other ethical quandaries, but has too much ambition, if anything.

Television

Dick Wolf to bring fictionalized world of 'Law…

A&E has ordered a pilot called "D.O.A." from "Law and Order" mastermind Dick Wolf that will focus on real detectives reexamining cold cases. A trio…

Television

Shane West talks WGN America's 'Salem'

The actor on history lessons, a new network and showing his butt.

NHL

Rangers draw first blood against Flyers in Game…

Brad Richards and Derek Stepan scored power-play goals 47 seconds apart to lead the Rangers to a 4-1 win.

NBA

Carmelo Anthony agonizing over Knicks future as season…

There’s still the cloud hanging over the franchise’s head as to the pending free-agent status of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.

NFL

Jets host players with eye toward NFL Draft

The Jets hosted a number of NFL Draft hopefuls for workouts on Thursday, with an eye toward some under-the-radar players.

NFL

Chris Johnson: I wanted to go to 'a…

Now that Chris Johnson is a Jet, the team has to figure out if one of the most explosive players in the NFL over the last half decade has anything…

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.

Travel

Earth Day travel in the Florida Keys

See why this eco-friendly destination deserves your attention.

Tech

Sorry, Facebook — FarmVille goes mobile with 'Country…

Zynga has released a version of the hit "FarmVille" tailored for smartphones and tablets in the hope of reaping a bumper crop of players.