The best Kevin Garnett is a fresh Kevin Garnett come playoff time. Too bad he doesn’t think so.
When new Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd approached Garnett with the idea to keep him out of back-to-back’s and maybe limit the 37-year-old’s minutes, Garnett was having none of it.
Well, because, he’s Kevin Garnett, apparently.
“It didn’t go too well,” Garnett said. “I understand what he’s saying. He just wants to make sure I’m durable. … I just don’t want to be told anything. I think I’ve earned the right to have an opinion on something that I’m doing. From a chemistry standpoint, I think it’s important for me to be out there with everybody.”
[via USA Today]
A little intense, Kevin? Man.
I understand he’s got that competitive spirit and all, but does KG not really see the big picture here?
Too much pride?
Maybe a I-don’t-wanna-be-here-so-I’m-making-the-rules ring to it?
But for reals, I’m really interested to see who wins this battle: Kidd or Garnett?
My money is on Garnett, but we’ll see quickly how much the team (and when I say team I mean Garnett) respects a first-year head coach who was a player a year ago.
I mean, Garnett is the leader of this team, right? At least vocally, so it’s going to be an early precedent for the Nets no matter what happens.
Sometimes Garnett is a prisoner to his own will, pride and intensity. He needs to realize quickly, that at 37, his intensity on the court means nothing unless he has a fresh body.
As talented and stacked as this Nets team is, there’s no way they’re beating the Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers or the Chicago Bulls without a healthy and rested KG.
Save it for the playoffs, Kevin. For the sake of the your entire team.