Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Garnett: They say they know what they're doing here

From Rick Alonzo/Pioneer Press:
Wittman and Garnett discussed the forward's playing time and the coach's desire to play Smith, McCants and Foye more down the stretch, which requires a delicate balance because Garnett is competitive and averse to having his playing time reduced...

"I don't prepare every season to play 76, 70 games," Garnett said after Monday morning's shootaround. "If they want me to do that (play reduced minutes), then they'll have to come and ask me that themselves. But whenever I prepare, it's for 48-plus minutes. Nothing more. Nothing less than that. If they want to play the young guys and sit us (veterans) down, then so be it, but tell me that ahead of time and be up front about it."

Garnett believes that those young players would benefit more from having him on the court with them.

"If anything, young guys are going to get better when they play with you versus without you, but hey, they say they know what they're doing here"