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Utah Jazz notes: Garnett will give Jazz youngsters an earful
Jazz notes » Utah coach Corbin says dealing with the Nets star’s chatter is “part of learning.”
First Published Nov 04 2013 01:59 pm • Last Updated Feb 14 2014 11:37 pm

Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter and Rudy Gobert might consider wearing some earplugs Tuesday night, when the Jazz visit Brooklyn.

Favors, Kanter and Gobert will face Kevin Garnett, who along with being one of the NBA’s best power forwards of all time also happens to be one of the league’s great trash-talkers.

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For young players not accustomed to so much chatter by an opponent, it could be an interesting experience.

Asked about Garnett, Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin smiled and said, "He’s a physical player and he’s an aggressive guy. He’s going to be in your face the entire time he’s on the floor. He’s going to talk to you. He’s going to do whatever he can to get an advantage on you. ... You’re going to hear what you’re not doing and what he’s doing to you."

According to Corbin, facing Garnett for extended minutes will be another step in the maturation process for Favors, Kanter and Gobert.

"These are young guys who are getting full dose of it every night," Corbin said. "That’s what this league is all about. It’s part of learning."

Garnett, 37, is in his 19th season in the NBA.

He has played 47,876 regular-season minutes during his career, putting him fifth on the all-time list behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (57,446), Karl Malone (54,852), Jason Kidd (50,110) and Elvin Hayes (50,000).

In three games this season, Garnett averages 7.3 points and 7.3 rebounds. He’s taken only two free throws in 75 minutes.


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Kidd makes home debut

Speaking of Kidd, he makes his home coaching debut against the Jazz after being suspended by the league for two games because of a DUI charge.

Kidd retired last summer after a 19-year career in the NBA. He was quickly named head coach of the Nets, despite his lack of experience.

"It’s a little surprising," Corbin said. "... But if anybody can be successful doing it — because of the long career he had as a point guard in this league — he can."

Jazz veteran Richard Jefferson agrees.

"In my opinion, he has all the characteristics of a great leader," he said. "... Now it’s a matter of him going out there and getting it done in the coaching ranks. He’s got a great team, a great staff and a great organization. He has all tools there to be a great coach."

Roster-challenged

The Jazz have had only 10 healthy players available for their first three games — a situation that will likely continue on the upcoming road trip to Brooklyn, Boston, Chicago and Toronto.

Trey Burke (finger surgery), Jeremy Evans (rotator cuff) and Andris Biedrins (ankle) are not practicing.

Marvin Williams (Achilles surgery) and Brandon Rush (knee surgery) practiced fully for the first time Monday, but Corbin did not put a timetable on their return.

"Guys are playing a lot of minutes right now," Corbin said. "We need bodies, but I’m not sure about getting anyone back on the floor" during the trip.



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