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Kevin Garnett will sit out a third straight game because of back spasms when the Brooklyn Nets host Memphis on Wednesday night. Garnett hasn't played since last Thursday at Denver. The Nets listed him as a game-time decision on Tuesday, but ruled him out Wednesday morning. USA Today Sports

“We’ve had a culture that has been a little different. It has been a great culture of winning, which is very important, and these kind of things have happened. We had a head coach that lived in a different city and would take different planes to different cities. We’ve had KG, who I think Rondo has learned more from as a leader and a pro than any other player. KG didn’t sit on the bench when he didn’t play, and Rondo has been doing that for every game, except that Sacramento game and Milwaukee game – which we held him back." CBS Local

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Brooklyn Nets center Kevin Garnett will miss his second straight game due to back spasms Monday night against the Chicago Bulls. Mason Plumlee will once again start in Garnett's place. "We're just taking it one day at a time. We'll see how he feels tomorrow," Nets coach Jason Kidd said. "I think he feels better today. I think we play (four) games this week, so we'll just take it one at a time." ESPN.com

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With the Magic in the midst of a long rebuilding process, Davis’ presence was blocking playing time for second-year big men Andrew Nicholson and Kyle O’Quinn, leading to the buyout of the final year-plus of his contract. He’s expected to make a decision on his new home before he clears waivers and becomes a free agent Monday, and Garnett has done his best to try and convince Davis to join forces with him in Brooklyn. “A pitch, that’s what you’d call it?” Garnett asked. “I think Big Baby can help us and obviously I voiced my opinion on that. “I guess Baby’s a hot commodity right now,” Garnett added with a smile. “I do think he can help us. I think his basketball IQ fits into what we do here. He’s a talker. He communicates. He understands championship basketball. So yeah, he can help us.” New York Post

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He did decline to describe KG's trash talk, but instead recounted a story Paul Pierce told him about how an unnamed Celtics rookie trash-talked Garnett himself! KG didn't respond to the rookie but turned to Pierce and asked him to tell the rookie to stop it ... until he has 1,000 points or $500,000 in the bank. NetsDaily

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In La La Anthony’s new book, “The Love Playbook,” she also attempts to clarify the trash-talking feud between Carmelo and former Celtics star Kevin Garnett that led to an altercation — purportedly about crude comments Garnett made about La La — following a game last season. “I wasn’t ever going to bring up the Honey Nut Cheerios incident again. But since I’m writing this book, I might as well set the record straight for good,” La La writes in the book, which was released Tuesday. “Kevin Garnett in fact had never said that I tasted like Honey Nut Cheerios. “. . . Melo and Kevin are cool today. And now it’s nothing but a faint memory. “I did notice during the game Melo and Kevin were jawing a lot at each other. But that’s basketball, the heat of the game. I really didn’t think anything of it,” she continued. “But when Melo went to have words with him, I knew it had to be more than an in-game beef.” New York Daily News

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“I did notice during the game Melo and Kevin were jawing a lot at each other,’’ she writes. “But that’s basketball, the heat of the game. I really didn’t think anything of it. But when Melo went to have words with him, I knew it had to be more than an in-game beef. I asked Melo about it and all he said was that Kevin said things you shouldn’t stay to a person you have a friendship with or respect for. [Melo] told him I’m not some rookie. We’ve been in this league a while together so don’t treat me the way you’d treat a rookie. I’m sure the words were a little stronger than that but that was the gist of what Melo said back to Kevin.’’ New York Post

Rondo said he keeps in touch with his former teammates, and Pierce has been encouraging him to embrace a leadership role. “I think he took notes last time we were talking to him,” Garnett said. “More importantly, we stressed that you need to lead by example, even when he doesn’t want to. I also talk to him about being professional and being a pro. You don’t get to pick and choose when you get to do that. Just understand the pedigree of a champion. You don’t let losing become something usual. Keep the mentality tough, and not all are going to follow but most will. Lead by example and just having a voice, do it by example. “Rondo is ready. I think he is very comfortable in his role here. I think he understood the transition when it was happening, and he has the type of mentality and he’s the type of person with the personality to do just that.” Boston Globe

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