Monday, August 19th, 2013 at 11:10 am  |  22 responses

Jason Kidd ‘Probably’ Won’t Play Kevin Garnett in Back-to-Back Games

Having watched Kevin Garnett run out of gas in the postseason the last few years, Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd wants to cut down on the veteran big man’s playing time. Kidd says he likely won’t allow KG to suit up in any back-to-backs next season. Per the NY Daily News: “After Garnett admitted he seriously contemplated retirement this summer, the 37-year-old will ‘probably’ not play in back-to-back games next season, according to Nets coach Jason Kidd. The Nets have 20 sets of back-to-backs, including a Rockets-Knicks combo in April. ‘We’ve talked about it that there’s going to be (minutes restrictions). When you look at KG, probably no back-to-backs for him,’ Kidd said Friday following press conference to announce the renovation of Nassau Coliseum. ‘Those are just topics we’re talking about, throwing around to keep these guy’s minutes down because we are deep. …you want to be fresh going into the playoffs.’ Garnett, who will earn about $11.5 million next season, is the oldest starter on a lineup with an average age of 31.6. He hasn’t played more than 71 games since joining the Celtics in 2007-08, and his minutes dipped to under 30 per game last season. The Spurs have used a similar strategy with Tim Duncan, who is also 37 and played 69 games last season. Resting Garnett should mean heavy minutes for Andray Blatche, Andrei Kirilenko and Reggie Evans, who together form one of the best frontcourt benches in the NBA. Kidd said Friday that Kirilenko will be a spot starter. Still, there should be concerns about the health of a team built for the short-term. Paul Pierce,35, struggled through an elbow injury in Boston’s playoff loss against the Knicks. Joe Johnson, 32, was hobbled for the final two months of last season with plantar fasciitis. Brook Lopez, 25, is coming off the third surgery on his right foot, having spent most of the summer in a walking boot after his metal screw was replaced. ‘He’s cleared. He’s out of the boot,’ Kidd said Friday. ‘The next step will be to slowly get back in shape and get ready for camp (in October).’”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    kidd (probably won’t) play….

  • Ugh

    There are parts of the 90s that should be left to the dustbin of history.

  • BugEyes

    I would play him in back to back games if he wants as long as he dont wear his Freddy kruger sweater for postgame press conference I’m fine with it

  • LakeShow

    Good idea Kidd, this team is only a Chip contender WITH KG.

  • RKJ92

    Lol I forgot about these guys! ahhh nostalgia :)

  • http://reverbnation.com/ends1 ENDS

    Why do I have the feeling Kidd’s gonna muck this up. This seems like the worst scenario for a new coach. Team doesn’t Gel as quick as possible, pundits ask if its the coaching staff, Kidd, rookie Coach, overreacts, the veterans pay the price…

  • LakeShow

    Which coach that was available would you have rather had?

    Jerry Sloan lol…?

  • spit hot fiyah

    hollins or macmillan, personally

  • http://reverbnation.com/ends1 ENDS

    Derron williams…i see what you…

  • http://reverbnation.com/ends1 ENDS

    But In all honesty Kidd couldnt be the best possible guy for this gig, right?

  • LakeShow

    You’re right they’re more proven therefore in most people eyes “better”, but Kidd is their contemporary and he has things those guys don’t that he can offer too.
    I think it’s to early to judge either way, but I have my bones on this being a good marriage.

    Deron Williams favorite player growing up was Jason Kidd… This could be good.

  • spit hot fiyah

    i think it was me and u that had the jason kidd fit for the nets discussion before. we agreed to disagree if i remember correctly (while both of us stated our cases)

    it will be one of the stories that i will really follow this season that’s for sure

  • Dfrance

    Being a KG f(st)an, its hard for me to hear these stories about him being at the end of his rope… but it is what it is.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Could they have realistically put a bid in for Doc? I mean it’s the perfect fit IMO.

  • bike

    Kidd was a great player with one of the highest B-ball I.Q.s ever. But….he’s never impressed me as a good communicator. At least not based on the interviews I’ve seen him give.

    I hope he does well, wish him the best , but I understand the concerns

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    It’s hard for me to picture him in a Nets uniform. Just like it was hard to picture him in a Celtics uniform when that trade happened. The league will miss him when he’s gone. 18 years of passion and heart.

  • http://reverbnation.com/ends1 ENDS

    Thats who I thought initially but I said the same thing…could they have really gotten DOC

  • logues

    a nets cover with j-kidd on the cover would be dope. first nba coach ever on a cover?

  • Alexzandar Davilijanovic

    JKidd was inside the very first SLAM issue in an article of him when He played at California, now SLAM totally will make a cover of his new Brooklyn NETS, NETS CHAMPS BY 2015 Count on it!! freakin’ endless summer

  • Dfrance

    I was so happy he was getting a fresh start from MInny, I got used to the Celtic green quick. But I’m from Queens, I can’t even cheer for him while he’s in a Brooklyn jersey. lol.

  • Dfrance

    The League probably would have blocked it looking at it as being some sort coach/player package trade. At least that’s what they said they would do had the Clips tried to get KG and/or PP after landing Doc.

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