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Kevin Garnett already bringing defensive intensity

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The Nets didn't say much after their first practice at the Michael W. Krzyzewski Basketball Center Tuesday, but one thing they agreed on was Kevin Garnett is the same as he ever was ... and they're not.

The man for whom the center is named gave a welcoming speech at 9:45 and then the pre-season officially began.  No surprise who was pushing things early.  Garnett talked about holding teams to under 80 points a game.

"For me personally, it's just so cool to hear (Garnett speak)," Lopez told reporters. "I was geeking out a little bit. One of the first things he said was 'I'm just here to have your back and help you out with anything, I'm going to be there for you.'"

"(Garnett) has a huge impact, he has everyone talking (on the court)," Kidd said, as reported by Ohm Youngmisuk. "He's a guy that only knows one way, he's a professional. And you saw that this morning, from the time he touched the floor to the time he walked off."

Kidd admitted he let KG do the talking, calling it a "role reversal," but Kidd knows why Billy King pursued Garnett. So does Deron Williams.

"I don't want to say night and day from last year, but it's just a different feeling. Starting with defense, and working our way from there."

Kidd offered up what Terry called a "gumbo" of defensive schemes, some from Lawrence Frank, who handled defensive duties in Boston and now will be doing the same in Brooklyn.

On the health front, Williams (ankle inflammation) did sit out much of the practice and Jason Terry and Toko  Shengelia were also limited as they continued rehabbing their knees after surgery. 

Williams reiterated what he told reporters at Media Day, that he thinks he can go out there right now, but that the Nets training staff is taking every precaution.

"They want to take it slow. they don't want any setbacks," said D-Will. "They don't want me to go out here and step on somebody's ankle." D-Will said he planned to play "in every preseason game."  The nets have two preseason games early next week.

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