Jan 10, 2014; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets power forward Kevin Garnett (2) takes a shot over Miami Heat center Chris Bosh (1) during the first overtime at Barclays Center. The Brooklyn Nets won the game 104-95 in double overtime. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Kevin Garnett unhappy playing center for Brooklyn Nets


When the Brooklyn Nets acquired Kevin Garnett this past offseason, they envisioned him as a power forward who’d be playing alongside Brook Lopez.

But of course, Lopez, par for the course became injured and Garnett had to slide over to center in the wake of Lopez’s absence. It’s something Garnett is doing begrudgingly as he recently expressed his unhappiness about the role to the Sacramento Bee:

“Should have put that (expletive) in my contract.” – Nets forward Kevin Garnett expressing his preference to reporters he’d rather not play center and the lengths he should have gone to not have to play center.

No punches held there.

For what it’s worth, Garnett is actually playing better (at least statistically) at the center position, though the sample size has been relatively small.

Why he’s even complaining I’m not sure given the Nets are finally actually winning games, but I guess you can’t appease everybody.

Unhappy or not, with Lopez out for the season, Garnett is going to log a lot of minutes at the five spot.

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  • Michael Lickteig

    Garnett actually plays pretty well in the middle. Playing closer to the basket keeps him from hoisting quite so many jump shots. I understand his finding the play under the basket distasteful, but many teams are playing converted forwards in the middle anyway, so he’s guarding most of the same guys he covers when playing forward.