Kevin Garnett of Brooklyn Nets says he doesn’t want to skip back-to-back game sets this season
- Updated: September 30, 2013
By Mike Mazzeo | ESPNNewYork.com
“I’m just being honest,” Garnett said in front of several laughing reporters during a news conference Monday at the team’s media day. “But I understand what he’s saying. He’s just making sure I’m durable and can get through an entire 82-game season.
“So I’m totally understanding of what it is. … He’s looking to better me, so I’m gonna try to be receptive to that.”
Nothing has been finalized with respect to the issue, Garnett said.
“We’re still in wait-and-see mode,” Garnett said. “I just don’t want to be told anything. Hopefully I’ve earned the right to have an opinion in something that I’m doing. But more importantly, from a chemistry standpoint, I think it’s important for me to be out there with everybody, and I think it’ll speed the chemistry process up more quickly.”
A 15-time All-Star, Garnett is 37 years old and has a lot of mileage on his body at this point in his career. The Nets want him to be at full strength for the playoffs.
Brooklyn has 20 sets of back-to-back games this season. Garnett averaged 29.7 minutes in 68 games for the Boston Celtics last season as coach Doc Rivers closely monitored him. Garnett has not averaged more than 32.8 minutes per game since being traded to Boston prior to the start of the 2007-08 campaign.
Garnett also confirmed that the rivalry between himself and teammate Andray Blatche is over. Garnett brought Blatche to the verge of tears during a game in 2010, when Blatche was playing for the Washington Wizards.
“Name two friends that are opponents. Name two opponents that get along,” Garnett said before adding, “Andray’s been through a couple things, and I root for a lot of the young guys in this league.
“I don’t make it evident and I don’t go up and say it a lot, but I know he’s been through a rough transition or whatever, and I just went up and told him something real [last season], and he took heart to it and that was it.”