Kevin Garnett feels changing Nets role is throwing off his rhythm
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SAN ANTONIO - Sweat dripping off his forehead like a running faucet, Kevin Garnett had just finished hoisting a flurry of jumpers, even pretending to roll off screens to mimic a catch-and-shoot situation.
Garnett's game has been way off, his trusty pull-up shot betraying him at the tender age of 37, and he was vigorously practicing his form. Engulfed in what he views as the most frustrating season of his career, Garnett admitted he has little offensive flow at the moment and his mojo is gone.
"The most frustrating thing about me is I could see if I wasn't hitting shots and I wasn't in here working or taking ---- days off," Garnett said Wednesday before the Nets flew to Oklahoma City to meet the Thunder tonight. "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."
It certainly hasn't been easy so far, particularly when he's not seeing all that many minutes consistently. Garnett is averaging career lows in points, minutes and field-goal percentage. Jason Kidd is keeping serious tabs on his court time, all because "it's to get him through the season," as the Nets coach reiterated Wednesday.
But Kidd is finding himself in a quandary of sorts, figuring out the right balance while also making sure Garnett at least finds a flow on both sides of the ball.
"Honestly, I have no rhythm," Garnett said. "I'm trying to establish some confidence and figure this whole where I fit into the offense thing. Right now I'm just not even a priority."
But being a focal point was never really supposed to be part of the equation, not when he decided to waive his no-trade clause and come to Brooklyn with hopes of winning a second championship ring. Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry were viewed as complementary pieces to the Nets' big jigsaw puzzle.
However, injuries and the topsy-turvy nature of the Nets' roster have muddied Garnett's responsibilities, which in turn has made it difficult to settle into a role. "This has been an adjustment period," he said. "Coming here, I didn't expect a lot of minutes. I didn't expect a lot of touches."
Garnett's struggles and frustrations are a microcosm of the Nets' failures in a season rife with disappointment and frustrations. He's as confused as anyone with their situation.
"It's because of just what we had and you look at the roster and what we have on paper," Garnett said. "Just where we're at. Nobody likes to lose. I'm not a loser. But I show up every day and I try to be a professional and give everything I have. You put Father Time on top of that, it doesn't help anything else . . . It's just a frustrating time. But you know what? I've been through some harder times than this. I have a lot confidence that I'll come out of this and we'll come out of this with some decency."