Jason Kidd told reporters that the Nets will look to stay away from playing Kevin Garnett in back-to-back games this season.
Brooklyn’s new coach, speaking at the Nassau Coliseum press conference, said that he has spoken to Garnett about his decision.
The Nets are scheduled for 20 back-to-back games this season. Five of those are set to take place before Christmas, the first of which is Friday, November 15th in Phoenix, followed by a tilt the next night at the Staples Center against the Clippers.
Last year for Boston, Garnett played in 68 games and averaged 29.7 minutes. He took part in 17 of the team’s 23 back-to-back contests.
Brian ErniSince Kidd said he has talked to Garnett about this, I assume KG was on board, but I sure would have liked to have been a fly on the wall when that conversation happened. That said, this is a good indication of how the Nets are quantifying success this season. Brooklyn feels that, if can keep KG healthy for the postseason, their chances of making a run will be very, very good. Who can blame them? Garnett is a proven entity and a dynamic leader, with a ton of playoff experience. Barring injuries, the Nets should have enough depth to absorb this, so I think it’s a good plan at the onset. Of course, you know what they say about the best laid plans…