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Kevin Garnett "commanding" at Nets practices

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Doc Rivers said it back in July, talking about Kevin Garnett. "His presence there alone will absolutely change the culture of Brooklyn."

That's the word from Duke, too. As one Nets insider who's been at the practices said, "He is definitely a very commanding presence.  He just emanates power."

"I don't take any s--t." KG said, when asked about toughness. "Anybody wants to say something to you guys, including the women here, you guys will fire back. I'm no different than that. I wear my heart on my sleeve. I care about the game. I never disrespect the game or myself or my family. If want to call that tough, I guess that's tough."

KG had some fun (again) with his coach Wednesday, continuing their debate over how many minutes Garnett will play. Kidd doesn't want him to play both ends of a back-to-back. KG says their discussions haven't not gone too well. It's all playful.  "He’s been great," Jaon Kidd said. "For me and him, he respects me and I respect him. I just sat in that seat. For me to get him to the finish line is my goal."

Garnett is not all rough and gruff. Here's what he said about Brook Lopez: "I've never played with a center whose skill level is at this point," Garnett said after practice. "I've obviously played with greats, but to the point where he's young and still hasn't peaked yet."

Meanwhile, Jason Terry is expected to return to practice Thursday while there's no timetable yet for Deron Williams. It's all precautionary, D-Will says.