CLEVELAND -- Kevin Garnett mean-mugged, scrunching his face up into a pretend angry scowl as he tried to explain how his new teammates were anxious for instant results.
The Nets had just lost their season opener to the Cavaliers, falling 98-94 Wednesday night after failing to knock down any clutch baskets late in the fourth quarter with their starting point guard on the bench. Garnett, seated on a folding chair in a back area of the cramped visitor’s locker room, was talking about how the Nets are going to have to practice the P-word rather than expecting immediate success.
These things, Garnett said, take time. The Nets are, after all, a relatively new bunch that hasn’t had much time together in the preseason due to injuries and scheduled rest.
“It’s going to be a little more impatience,” said Garnett, who registered eight points and 10 rebounds. “But everybody has to be patient and it’s not because you assembled guys and then, ‘Voila!’ These are things Jason [Kidd] has been working with us every day. Our system is what it is. There’s a lot of different stuff. We’re just gathering it. We’re not a perfect team by far but we are a hard working team.
“We’re a team of no excuses. We’re going to watch tape and live and learn.”
Pretty much. But we live in a microwave society. Had the feeling fans and others were expecting complete dominance from the jump. It doesn't work like that.
But I do see the team getting better, especially when Deron is fully back.