Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Garnett spoke candidly with reporters on Thursday, saying he doesn't have a rhythm nor know where he fits into coach Jason Kidd's offense. After being traded from Boston to Brooklyn willingly, Garnett even went as far as saying it was the worst season of his career, according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News:
This was the first time he acknowledged his confidence being shaken at all by his shooting, or even that "Father Time" is gaining on him.— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) January 1, 2014
Kevin Garnett said he has no rhythm and he doesn't know where he fits into the offense.— Stefan Bondy (@NYDNInterNets) January 1, 2014
KG continued: ". ...But I put time into my craft for it to come out. But then that’s rhythm on offense. And I don’t have that right now."— Stefan Bondy (@NYDNInterNets) January 1, 2014
For Garnett to speak at such length is surprising. He hasn't spoken to the media after the last seven Nets losses. Playing 21.5 minutes per game, Garnett is averaging 6.5 points and 6.9 rebounds for the 10-21 Nets:
I asked Jason Kidd if he is holding back Garnett's minutes to save him for the playoffs. Kidd said it's to get Garnett through the season.— Stefan Bondy (@NYDNInterNets) January 1, 2014
For Brooklyn to have its leader question his own confidence, let alone where he fits in is troublesome for the reeling team, is a troubling sign. Kidd has been the most criticized person for the surprising lack of continuity within the Nets this season, but all along, it was Garnett who was said to be continuing to stand behind the rookie head coach.
If Garnett's comments on Thursday say anything, they hint that even the strongest and most well-respected professional in the game is beginning to crack -- be it "Father Time" or otherwise.