Rest can be a great thing for both the body and mind. Too much rest? Not so great.
That’s the way Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd should have seen it going into his team’s final game of the preseason on Friday night against the Miami Heat. Kevin Garnett sat out Brooklyn’s game in Miami after not playing two days before in Boston as well.
There’s nothing wrong with a little rest here and there for the 37-year-old Garnett as Kidd made clear during the early stages of training camp, but by the time Garnett finally does play in the Nets’ regular season opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday, 13 days will have passed since the last time he saw action in a game.
That sounds like an awful lot of rest if you ask me. A day or two off here and there will get the energy meter back up for anyone, but 13 days between games, even with practices in between, can bring about rust for any player as well.
As everyone already knows, practice just doesn’t provide the type of environment that a game does — not even when intense scrimmages between teammates are played. Preseason games certainly don’t come with the kind of energy that’s attached to regular season contests either, but they’re still the next closest simulation available.
Because Garnett will have a nearly two-week layoff between games by the time the season opener rolls around, Kidd can’t realistically expect too much of him that night. If he gets even less than what he does expect, he’s going to learn his lesson the hard way.