Rondo: Garnett could play ‘another two or three years’

WALTHAM, Mass. —  There will come a day, not so far into the future, that Kevin Garnett will hang up his sneakers for good. Rajon Rondo will believe that when he sees it. Rondo said one day before his Boston Celtics were set to open the regular season against Garnett’s Brooklyn Nets that he believes his former teammate still has plenty left in the tank. “I just appreciate the years I played with him, not that this might be his last year, because each year, people say it’s his last year,” Rondo said Tuesday at Celtics practice. “You can never challenge his heart or count him out. He might play another two, three more years. He takes very good care of his body. It’s just a matter of if he wants to play or not.” Garnett is entering his 20th NBA season, having played 12 years for the Minnesota Timberwolves and six for the Celtics before landing in Brooklyn ahead of the 2013-14 campaign. For comparison’s sake, Rondo was 9 years old when Garnett was drafted way back in 1995, and current Celtic

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Nets Injury Update: Kevin Garnett misses practice, questionable for Sunday’s game

The Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Garnett did not participate in practice on Saturday and is doubtful for Sunday’s game against his former team the Boston Celtics.Kevin GarnettGarnett did not attend practice because of a stomach problem, which is expected to keep him from playing in Sunday’s match against the Celtics.Garnett also missed Friday’s practice because of the same stomach bug, hence it is a recurring issue.Kevin Garnett listed as questionable for tomorrow’s game vs. #Celtics.— Rod Boone (@rodboone) October 18, 2014Kevin Garnett joined the Nets last season in a nine-player, three-draft pick swap between the Nets and the Celtics. Last season, the 38-year-old power forward averaged 6.5 points per game and 6.6 rebounds per game, having played 54 times for the Nets. His career average stands at 18.2 points per game and 10.7 rebounds per game.The Nets have made a positive start to their 2014/15 pre-season, up 3-0 after the first three games. They defeated the S…

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Lionel Hollins: Kevin Garnett to Be Brooklyn Nets’ Starting Power Forward

Brooklyn Nets head coach Lionel Hollins informed reporters that Kevin Garnett will indeed be starting for the team at the start of the 2014-15 NBA season. Nets coach Lionel Hollins says Kevin Garnett will start this season and if healthy he will play more than 15-16 mins a game — Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) September 15, 2014 After a second-round playoff loss to the Miami Heat last postseason, Garnett’s NBA future was in question. He struggled in the close-out game of the series, scoring just two points to go with two turnovers. Still, it appears the future Hall of Famer still has a bit left in the tank—or so his new coach thinks. The post Lionel Hollins: Kevin Garnett to Be Brooklyn Nets’ Starting Power Forward appeared first on Basketball Bicker.

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Garnett to miss 9th straight game with back spasms

Nets’ Kevin Garnett to miss ninth straight game Monday because of back spasms

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Garnett to miss 9th straight game with back spasms (Yahoo Sports)

NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Garnett will miss a ninth straight game because of back spasms Monday when the Brooklyn Nets host the Phoenix Suns.

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Kirilenko makes return; Garnett questionable for Monday

The Nets got one of their key injured players back Saturday, and another could soon follow.

Andrei Kirilenko returned to the floor for the first time since leaving Sunday’s win over the Kings in Brooklyn with a sprained right ankle, scoring five points in 12 minutes in the Nets’ 101-94 loss to the Wizards at Verizon Center.

“I felt OK,” said Kirilenko, who had missed two games. “Nothing bothered me. It was just the first game coming back. I’m feeling pretty good.”

In addition to Kirilenko, Nets coach Jason Kidd said Kevin Garnett — who sat out his eighth straight game with back spasms — is on the mend, and didn’t rule out the possibility of Garnett returning Monday when the Nets host the Suns.

“He’s doing better,” said Kidd, who deemed Garnett questionable for Monday’s game. “We’ll see how his workouts go, and we’ll see how he feels Monday.

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Nets’ Kevin Garnett out versus Wizards

The Brooklyn Nets extended their winning streak to three with a 96-95 win over the Miami Heat on Wednesday. The win improved the Nets to 33-30, second in the Atlantic Division and fifth in the Eastern Conference. The Nets were once again without forward Kevin Garnett, who has missed the last seven games with a back injury.Terren Peterson (KG with a Massive Dunk) via Wikimedia CommonsRod Boone, who covers the Nets for Newsday, tweeted the following regarding Garnett’s status.Kevin Garnett remains out vs. #Wizards. Kidd sounded hopeful he may play vs. #Suns on Monday. Likely no back to backs when he returns.— Rod Boone (@rodboone) March 14, 2014Mason Plumlee and Mirza Teletovic saw the bulk of the minutes at power forward against the Heat. Plumlee had four points and four rebounds in 22 minutes, while Teletovic had 17 points and four rebounds in 16 minutes. Expect Garnett to see his normal amount of playing time upon returning, which likely means a reduction of playing time for either Plumlee

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Garnett (back) to miss Nets’ game in Boston (Yahoo Sports)

NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Garnett will sit out a fourth straight game because of back spasms Friday when the Brooklyn Nets visit Boston, missing his last trip this season back to his old home.

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Nets’ Garnett (back) to sit out again vs Memphis (Yahoo Sports)

Brooklyn Nets forwards Kevin Garnett, left, and Paul Pierce confer while on the bench as the Nets face the Denver Nuggets in the third quarter of the Nets' 112-89 victory in an NBA basketball game in Denver on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Garnett will sit out a third straight game because of back spasms when the Brooklyn Nets host Memphis on Wednesday night.

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Kevin Garnett Injury: Updates on Nets Star’s Back and Recovery

For the third straight game, Kevin Garnett will be out of action for the Brooklyn Nets due to injury, this time out of action against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday evening.

From Tim Bontemps of the New York Post:

Before Garnett missed the game against the Chicago Bulls on Monday night, head coach Jason Kidd talked about what the team would miss without Garnett on the court, via Mike Mazzeo of ESPN:

(We’ll miss) his energy. His understanding defensively. He brings a lot to the table, and also on the perimeter him being able to knock down shots. I think guys are getting better, or maybe a little bit more comfortable when he’s not in there, because again, we’ve struggled with him in the lineup. We’ll miss him, but hopefully he gets rest and he’ll be able to go soon.

This season, Garnett is averaging just 6.7 points (a career low) and 6.7 rebounds per game, though he is averaging just 21 minutes per contest, another career low. Still, his defense and leadership are an important factor for a Nets team that is 29-29 and hardly a lock to reach the postseason. 

Ensuring that Garnett can return to health and play an important role for the Nets down the stretch is vital for the Nets, a team that added him and Paul Pierce in an effort to make a run in the Eastern Conference playoffs this year. 


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