Brooklyn Nets Rumors
At Wednesday’s press conference, Kenny Atkinson and Sean Marks talked about how much they respected what Bojan Bogdanovic did this summer … and how, with him saying he’s playing the best basketball of his life, they need steady him for the long haul ahead. “We recognize what’s he’s done and we respect it tremendously,” Atkinson said. “To be the leader of that team, the coaching staff has great respect for him and I think our players have great respect for him too.”
“He’s chomping at the bit to get out there, but he’s put in some hard yards this summer, so it’ll be bringing him along slowly,” Marks said. “It’s almost that you have to hold him back a little bit because it’s a grind in the season and you’ve already put in your training camp hours.”
During my 20-year tenure with the Nets, Kevin Garnett, who announced his retirement Friday, was the only player who made me feel intimidated. Sure there were times I felt nervous, like training camp in 1995, when I was fresh out of college and shuttling All-Stars Kenny Anderson and Derrick Coleman across the campus of Kutztown University. Or the time I faced former Pistons bad boy Rick Mahorn in the early morning of a cold winter day after he locked his keys in his car with it running and the Nets in the midst of a losing streak.
The one thing you did not want to incur was the wrath of KG. Whether on the team bus, training room or in line waiting for lunch, Garnett always put his teammates first, even if that came at the expense of calling out a staff member. While the bark of KG was one that staff members and sometimes teammates tried to avoid, it would be that same intensity that played a role in saving a life.
On Super Bowl Sunday in 2015, Nets assistant coach Jim Sann was in cardiac arrest before practice. While Nets trainer Tim Walsh and his staff worked feverishly on Sann, it was Garnett, in the background with that signature fire, who was yelling for Sann to get up and fight for his life. To this day, I believe Garnett, along with the Nets’ medical team, played a role in saving Sann’s life.
That’s the current ongoing situation plaguing the low-income class throughout Venezuela, amid the country’s crippling economic crisis—the worst in its history—that started in early 2014. And with that has come increased youth violence. “We’re going through such a tough time at home,” Greivis Vasquez, the NBA’s only active Venezuelan player, told the NBPA. “A lot of kids, who are 15, 17 years old, control the hoods. They kill, they steal, they don’t do the right thing, they’re doing drugs. We’re going through a really tough time.”