Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Garnett getting frustrated
By Mike Mazzeo
Brooklyn Nets power forward Kevin Garnett is going through the toughest season of his 19-year career. And the future Hall of Famer let his frustration known to reporters Wednesday.
“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 [expletive] days off,” Garnett said, according to the New York Daily News. “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.”
Garnett, a 15-time All-Star who was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player in 2004 and won a championship with the Boston Celtics in 2008, is averaging career lows across the board, including points per game (6.5), rebounds per game (6.9), field-goal percentage (36.4) and minutes per game (21.5).
In 28 games, he has notched double figures in scoring five times and rebounding twice.
Garnett, 37, was held without a field goal in Tuesday night’s loss to the San Antonio Spurs, and over his last two games he’s 1-for-10 shooting.
According to NBA.com, Garnett is shooting just 30.3 percent inside the paint and 34.8 percent on mid-range shots. And according to stats obtained from Synergy Sports by ESPN Stats & Information, Garnett has made just 40 percent of his uncontested catch-and-shoot looks this season (20-for-50), which means he's missing his share of open shots.
Garnett was brought in to anchor the team’s defense. He said during the preseason he hoped the Nets would finish in the top-3 in the league in that category, but they currently rank 28th in defensive efficiency, giving up 106.7 points per 100 possessions.
“I show up everyday and I try to be a professional and give everything I have. You put Father Time on top of that, it doesn’t help,” Garnett said, according to the Daily News.
Garnett was supposed to be the missing link to making Brooklyn a title contender. But it hasn’t worked out that way. Garnett has never been able to find himself while trying to play a supporting role. A top offensive option throughout his career, Garnett hasn’t been having plays called for him. He recently said that he doesn’t think the Nets have an identity.
Garnett, who elected to waive his no-trade clause and accept a trade from the Boston Celtics to the Nets along with small forward Paul Pierce and guard Jason Terry rather than retire, has a fully guaranteed $12 million coming to him next season, assuming he wants to continue playing.
The Nets (10-21) have lost six of their past seven games heading into Thursday night’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.