Kidd, like Pierce, mum on Phil


WASHINGTON -- When it comes to questions about the rival New York Knicks bringing in Phil Jackson to run their basketball operations department, Jason Kidd is following Paul Pierce's lead.

“I’ll take the Paul Pierce approach,” the Brooklyn Nets’ head coach joked Saturday.

In other words, he’s not saying anything.

Pierce had told the New York Daily News on Friday in Miami, “I don’t talk about the Knicks. No Knicks questions. Ever.”

Pierce has never been one to hide his dislike of the Knicks, saying he hates New York’s other basketball team, “with a passion.” He battled them for plenty of years in Boston, and, upon being traded to Brooklyn, said he felt it was time for the Nets to “start running this city.”

Deron Williams said he hadn’t been paying much attention to the Jackson story.

“It doesn’t change our rivalry,” he said. “I mean, I think it’s good to have one of the best basketball minds ever in your organization, but I don’t know ... ”

Asked if he had any thoughts on Jackson, Joe Johnson simply responded, “Nah.”

The Knicks are slated to introduce Jackson in a Tuesday news conference.

• Kidd said Andrei Kirilenko (ankle) looked great in practice Friday, but he remains a game-time decision.

Kevin Garnett will miss his eighth straight game Saturday night due to back spasms.

“He’s doing better, so we’ll see how his workouts go, and then we’ll see how he feels on Monday,” Kidd said. “But the reports that Timmy [trainer Tim Walsh] has been giving me are that he’s feeling a lot better.”

Asked about Garnett’s availability for Monday night’s home game against the Phoenix Suns, Kidd responded, “I would say he’s questionable for Monday.”

Granted, Kidd was laughing as he said it, as if to say, it’s not happening.

Based on that answer, it would be a major surprise if Garnett did, in fact, return on Monday.