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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Kevin Garnett considers offer to be assistant coach with Cavaliers

09.30.16 at 8:03 am ET
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Kevin Garnett

Kevin Garnett

— Kevin Garnett might be done as a player, but you might still see him around the NBA this season. Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said the recently retired Timberwolves legend is considering his offer to join the Cleveland coaching staff.

“I talked to him about it. I know his wife is pushing for it a lot,” Lue told reporters after Thursday’s practice. “Brandi is pushing for it, trying to get him to come and coach. He says he’s not ready yet. He goes back, ‘I might do it,’ but he’s back and forth. We’ll see. But I’d definitely make a spot for him if he wanted to come back and coach.”

Lue was an assistant for the Celtics under Doc Rivers during Garnett’s last four seasons in Boston, and he said KG is inspiring to other players.

“Everything he’s done, he’s been a trendsetter,” Lue said. “Just seeing him leave the game and the way he played every night on a night-to-night basis, every practice from me being with him in Boston, just how he approached the game every single day. He was just like LeBron [James]. One of the easiest guys to coach as far as being a superstar, as far as telling him what to do, they would do it. If they didn’t like what you were doing, they’d pull you out to the side and tell you. They’d never call you out in front of everybody.

“Just having respect for everybody from the janitor to the owner. Him, Kobe [Bryant] and [Tim] Duncan [retiring] at the same time is bad for the game. But we all get old. It’s all part of the game.”

— Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, who appeared to be on track to make his return to the NFL against the Patriots in Week 5 after serving a year-long suspension in 2015 and another ban for the first quarter of this season, instead will enter a rehabilitation facility as he tries to get his issues under control.

“After careful thought and deep consideration I’ve decided that I need to step away from pursuing my return to the Browns and my football career to enter an in-patient rehabilitation facility,” he said in a statement released by the team.

“This is the right decision for me and one that I hope will enable me to gain full control of my life and continue on a path to reach my full potential as a person.

“I appreciate the support of the NFL, NFLPA, the Browns, my teammates, my agent and the community through this extremely challenging process.”

The 25-year-old, a Pro Bowler in 2013, has been suspended previously for marijuana and alcohol abuse. He did not identify the reason for this trip to rehab, although he tweeted that he’s been under a lot of stress lately.

Tweeted Gordon: Sometimes you have to do what’s best for you.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 30, 1962, which Red Sox player wrapped up the season with a .326 average to capture his second American League batting title?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m here to make the game easy, not only for [Isaiah Thomas], but all my teammates. I want to let them all know I have their back.” — Celtics center Al Horford, on his chemistry with his new teammates

STAT OF THE DAY: 0-for-10 — David Ortiz’s batting line in the Red Sox’ three-game series against the Yankees, which concluded Thursday night with a 5-1 New York win, completing a sweep

‘NET RESULTS: Bruins forward Brad Marchand scores a short-handed goal with 43 seconds remaining to give Canada a 2-1 victory over Europe and the title in the World Cup of Hockey.

During a practice round at the Ryder Cup in Minnesota, a heckler is pulled from the crowd and challenged to make a 12-foot putt, which he does to win $100 from the astonished European team.

With two outs in the ninth inning of a tie game, Cardinals batter Yadier Molina hits a walk-off double that should have been ruled a ground-rule double, holding the go-ahead run at third base, but the Reds take too long to realize, and the umpires leave the field.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Pete Runnels

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Marilyn McCoo was born on this day in 1943.

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