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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Kevin Garnett not happy about Nets’ plan to manage his minutes

10.01.13 at 7:52 am ET
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TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB playoffs: Reds at Pirates, 8:07 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-FM)
NHL: Capitals at Blackhawks, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Glasgow Celtic vs. Barcelona, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Former Celtics Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are looking to win a title as a member of the Nets. (AP)

Former Celtics Kevin Garnett (alongside coach Jason Kidd) and Paul Pierce (34) are looking to win a championship with their new Nets teammates. (AP)

• The Nets held their media day Monday in Brooklyn, and Kevin Garnett was his usual frank self.

“I’m here to win a ring,” the former Celtic said. “That’s the reason we came to Brooklyn.”

The 37-year-old forward created a little bit of a stir when he made it clear that he did not agree with new coach Jason Kidd‘s suggestion that he sit some nights when the team plays back-to-back games.

“It didn’t go too well,” Garnett said of that discussion. “Just being honest.

“I understand what he said. He wants to make sure I’m durable and that I get through an 82-game season. I’m totally understanding of what it is. He’s not coming at me personally or as a man or anything like that. He’s looking to better me. I’m going to try to be receptive of that.”

Added Garnett: “I just don’t want to be … told anything. I think I’ve earned the right to have an opinion in something that I’m doing. But more importantly, and more seriously, from a chemistry standpoint I think it’s important for me to be out there with everybody, and speed the chemistry process up a little quicker.”

• Across town, Knicks guard J.R. Smith was contrite in talking about the five-game suspension he received from the league for testing positive for marijuana on three occasions.

Smith, who signed a three-year deal this offseason, had surgery on his patella tendon that could push back his start to the season even further. The Knicks wanted him to have the surgery right after last season, but Smith waited until July, saying he first wanted to sign his new deal. He’ll serve his suspension after a doctor clears him to return to action.

“The worst thing is I feel I let my teammates and coach down,” the reigning NBA Sixth Man of the Year said at the team’s media day. “I let Mr. [James] Dolan down. I’m looking to move forward from it. As soon as I’m able to play, I’m hoping to have a good season.”

Said coach Mike Woodson: “J.R. knows he made a major mistake. I haven’t heard his comments, but I’m sure he’s apologized to the guys, because we made a commitment to win. Hopefully it’ll be a learning experience.”

Athlon Sports has a list of the 50 worst managers in baseball since 1961. Bobby Valentine is second for his 69-93 record with the Red Sox last season. He trails only the “College of Coaches” the Cubs used in 1961 and ’62 when they won 123 games and lost 193 — including a franchise-worst 103 losses the second season.

Ozzie Guillen holds the No. 3 spot for his 69-93 season with the Marlins last year, followed by Bob Geren (A’s, 2007-11) and Larry Bowa (Padres, 1987-88).

Other notable names on the list: Joe Torre (Mets, 1977-81), John McNamara (Angels, 1983-84), Terry Francona (Phillies, 1997-2000), Brad Mills (Astros, 2010-12), Bucky Dent (Yankees, 1989-90), Butch Hobson (Red Sox, 1992-94), Ralph Houk (Tigers, 1974-78), Russ Nixon (Braves, 1988-90), Davey Lopes (Brewers, 2000-02) and Billy Herman (Red Sox, 1964-66).

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 1, 1991, in an 8-5 loss to the Tigers at Fenway Park, which Red Sox outfielder tied a major league record by striking out five times in a nine-inning game?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We stayed away from chicken and beer. That helped.” – Indians manager Terry Francona, joking about how his team completed an impressive September run to clinch the top wild card spot

STAT OF THE DAY: .579 – Evan Longoria‘s batting average in the final game of the regular season during his six-year career, after he went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run to lead the Rays past the Rangers, 5-2, in the wild card tiebreaker (technically a regular-season game)

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): This was the finish to the Berlin Marathon on Sunday in which Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang set a world record with a time of 2 hours, 3 minutes, 23 seconds. A man jumps onto the course yards from the finish and breaks the tape ahead of Kipsang.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Phil Plantier

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Herb Fame of Peaches & Herb was born on this day in 1942.

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