TORONTO - Kevin Garnett likes to speak his mind so it’s no surprise he has taken aim at NBA commissioner David Stern.
Garnett fired some shots at Stern for rushing training camps, cancelling a trade and creating the condensed schedule that could play havoc with veteran teams like the Boston Celtics.
“Everybody is paying attention to the Chris Paul situation. But I don’t know why everyone’s shocked, because Stern has been pretty adamant about when he wants to do things and how he does things,” Garnett said.
“Timing is everything. Chemistry is something that you don’t just throw in the frying pan and mix it up with another something, then throw it on top of something, then fry it up and put it in a tortilla and put in a microwave, heat it up and give it to you and expect it to taste good. You know? For those of you who can cook, y’all know what I’m talking about. If y’all can’t cook, this doesn’t concern you.”
Boston, like many teams, is still filling out its roster, even though its season opens on Christmas Day.
Garnett’s teammates seem resigned to the strange circumstances players around the league find themselves in.
“I can’t say that I’ve been particularly happy with the way things have transpired over the last two or three weeks, but I think everybody is in a situation where we just have to do the best with what we have,” said Ray Allen.
“We’re all going through it, so there’s nothing more you can do about it but prepare yourself physically and mentally.”
GRIFFIN OK WITH NO PAUL
Chris Paul still isn’t a Clipper and Blake Griffin doesn’t mind.
“Obviously we’d love to have him,” Griffin said.
“But if it doesn’t work out, everybody on this team knows that we’re ready to roll with this team.”
The NBA is trying to get Los Angeles back to the table in a deal for the superstar point guard, but the Clippers continue to balk at the mammoth asking price.
Waiver wire pickup Chauncey Billups is expected to join the club on Wednesday despite being unhappy with being claimed.
MAVS MAKE DEAL
After adding Lamar Odom last week and bringing in Vince Carter and Delonte West, the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks got rid of Rudy Fernandez and Corey Brewer. The pair is heading to Denver, a team in desperate need of filling up its roster. Fernandez never played for Dallas after arriving in a draft-night trade.
The Mavericks needed to clear out salary, despite having already lost Tyson Chandler and J.J. Barea to free agency.
Oklahoma City star Russell Westbrook is OK with not yet having a contract extension.
Westbrook can become a restricted free agent after the season, so Oklahoma City could match any offer.
“It’s not a distraction at all,” Westbrook told reporters.
Westbrook averaged 21.9 points and 8.2 assists per game last season, but committed a league-worst 3.9 turnovers per game.
“He’s improved every year and that’s not going to change this year,” said head coach Scott Brooks.
AROUND THE RIM
Jamal Crawford turned down a two-year, $20 million U.S. offer from Indiana. He is considering New York, Portland and Sacramento ... Kwame Brown signed a one-year, $7-million contract with Golden State after the Warriors failed to nab DeAndre Jordan from the Clippers. That leaves 6-foot-8 Boris Diaw as Charlotte’s starting centre ... Free agent swingman Josh Howard is drawing interest from Utah, Portland, San Antonio, New Jersey, Washington and Denver ... Famous Raptor holdout Kenny Anderson has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident in Miramar, Fla. Anderson crashed into two trees and walked away from the scene ... Odom said his trade to Dallas has been “surreal” but expressed happiness to be going to a contender instead of his rumoured destination of New Orleans ... Reports indicate Dwight Howard will only sign a long-term contract extension with Orlando, Dallas, the Los Angeles Lakers or New Jersey ... The Lakers signed Josh McRoberts in a bid to replace Odom. McRoberts took the mini mid-level exception for two years ... The O.J. Mayo sign-and-trade deal involving McRoberts and Brandon Rush obviously did not happen since McRoberts went elsewhere. Memphis lost sophomore Xavier Henry for a month, which made dealing Mayo a risky proposition.