Rivers: Not surprised KG joined Nets

September, 5, 2013
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Former Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he wasn’t surprised that Kevin Garnett decided to waive his no-trade clause and join the Nets.

However, Rivers added, KG did so reluctantly, though the future Hall of Fame power forward since warmed up to the idea of playing in Brooklyn.

“I just thought it was a tough one for him,” Rivers, now the coach of the Clippers, told WEEI radio in Boston Thursday. “If he has one fault as a player ... he doesn’t really allow anyone to get to know him, and Kevin hates change. Hates it. [He’s] extremely loyal. At the end of the day, he felt like Paul [Pierce] was gone, I was gone, Jason Terry was leaving, and that he was doing it for the right reasons. Not necessarily that he wanted to go, he just thought this was something that [Celtics general manager] Danny [Ainge] wanted. Danny wanted to rebuild, reload and he just felt like he was doing the right thing."

“I don’t necessarily know if he wanted to go. But he went and now when you talk to him ... he’s excited. He’s excited about his new team and he really believes they have a chance of knocking Miami off in the East.”

Garnett is currently in China promoting his sneaker-line. Nets CEO Brett Yormark is also in the country on business.

“Great dinner with kg tonight. He is excited and ready to bring his game to brooklyn,” Yormark tweeted Wednesday.

Mike Mazzeo

ESPN New York Writer

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