Amidst the Brooklyn Nets‘ 10-2 record over the past 12 games, one man has found himself all but forgotten, helplessly watching from a distance and quietly wishing for the magic to continue in his absence.
All Kevin Garnett can do these days is be patient and wait to heal so he can actively participate in the resurgence of a team that, for an extended period of time earlier in the season, looked as uninterested in playing basketball as most younger people would be when playing golf.
When Garnett does eventually return to the lineup, concern amongst fans will inevitably tag right along for the ride. After all, the Nets have had a wonderful thing going recently, and thrusting another player right into the mix sometimes has the potential of shaking things up for the worst.
But this would not be one of those times.
This conclusion isn’t derived from the numbers Garnett has put up this season, as he’s averaged a mere 6.7 points and 6.7 rebounds over 49 games played. These stats don’t reflect the magnitude of the contributions Garnett makes on a nightly basis through his leadership skills and defensive intensity.
These are areas of the game that cannot be truly quantified — the ones Garnett will still bring to the table when he does suit up again; the ones that would not hurt a team’s chemistry and good fortune by any means, but only add considerable substance to them.
And you know the Nets wouldn’t mind having that back at all.