Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Still no timetable for Andrei Kirilenko
By Mike Mazzeo
NEW YORK -- Two epidurals and three setbacks later, Brooklyn Nets forward Andrei Kirilenko still has no timetable for when he will return to the lineup.
Kirilenko has already missed 13 games this season because of back spasms.
"I'm afraid of giving a timetable, because in the previous occasions, we've given a timetable, but it doesn't work," Kirilenko said.
Kirilenko said this time he needs to take more time off before returning to full contract practice.
"What I'm doing right now is a lot of physical therapy and kind of strengthening the core," Kirilenko said.
"Right now I'm just thinking everyday I'm gradually getting better and better. It's just frustrating because there's a lot of games and you want to play but you're missing so much."
• At one point, before they decided to go with Jason Kidd, it appeared that Brian Shaw was going to be the next head coach of the Nets.
"I thought I had a pretty good chance," Shaw said. "I knew I was the last person to interview for the position. I knew Jason interviewed a few days before me and actually when I did interview Billy King told me he was going to hire Jason or myself.
"I made no secret that I flew cross-country and I got off the plane, got to the hotel and turned on the TV and I saw that it said they were already in negotiation with Jason to be coach. That kind of threw me off a little bit, but I still went through with the interview. Everything happens for a reason and I'm happy with the situation I'm in."
• Paul Pierce (broken right hand) was seen in the locker room wearing a brace on it. Pierce will be out for the next 2-4 weeks.
• Tyshawn Taylor will once again start at point guard. Shaun Livingston had been the starter.
"I feel like I can do better," said Livingston, who is shooting 22.6 percent from the field in his last seven games. "I'm in a little bit of a slump as far as where I started and where I'm at. It's the grind of the season, being consistent."