For some reason that I don’t completely understand, the Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd was at Friday morning’s press conference in Long Island to announce minority owner Bruce Ratner winning the bid to develop the Coliseum (maybe it was part of his DUI plea agreement?).
Whatever the reason, reporters caught up with him afterward and one of the things he said was that he will not play 37-year-old Kevin Garnett in back-to-back games this season and has spoken with him about it.
This is obviously a plan designed to keep Garnett healthy and fresh for the playoffs, but if Kidd sticks to that plan that means KG will be sitting a lot this season as the Nets have 20 games scheduled back-to-back this season. Garnett did get a lot of time off during the 2012-13 season as he only played in 68 games, averaging just over 29 minutes per game, so this wouldn’t be entirely new for him.
The Nets are also built to handle giving KG so much time off considering he is a power forward with both Reggie Evans and Mirza Teletovic behind him. If they wanted to, the Nets could also use Andray Blatche at the four-position too which gives them plenty of options. Kidd did say early on this offseason that Teletovic would be an important part of this year’s team. Perhaps he had something like this in mind the entire time.
I doubt Garnett had much problem with this. Like I said, he only played in 68 games last year and hasn’t played a full 82 since 2004-05 and hasn’t even played more than 71 games since 2006-07. It also made him effective during the playoffs as his Win Shares per game went from .133 during the regular season to .145 in the playoffs. It doesn’t sound like much, but it is significant.