Kevin Garnett might be new to the Brooklyn Nets, but he wasted no time in becoming one of the team’s leaders as he was apparently very vocal during the first training camps session.
The Nets promised more passion and accountability, and the first day of training camp at Duke University produced the predictable leader of such things: Kevin Garnett.
While new coach Jason Kidd admittedly took a backseat to assistant Lawrence Frank, and Deron Williams was limited because of an ankle sprain, it was Garnett who roused the Nets, barking during drills and raising the testosterone level.
“He is the heart and soul of our team,” declared Jason Terry. And this was just after Garnett’s first formal practice with the Nets.
It’s safe to say he feels comfortable.
“The energy was better (than last season),” Williams said. “It was more intense. It was just a better feeling.”
It’s certainly not surprising as this is precisely why the Nets got KG. Last year’s team, in the words of new head coach Jason Kidd, was too vanilla and, in the words of D-Will, was too soft. Gerald Wallace, who was traded to the Celtics in the Garnett deal, often criticized the team throughout the season for not playing focused, team basketball. KG knows he was brought in to reverse all of this and it bodes well for the he is embracing his new role on the team.