It’s been such a long time since Kevin Garnett’s suited up for the Brooklyn Nets that the team has, overall, performed as though they’ve forgotten about the future Hall of Famer.
And as his back issues continue to keep him out of the lineup, they’ll have to adopt the mentality that he isn’t going to come back at all before season’s end.
Sad as it may sound, this is beginning to look like an unfortunate reality for Garnett and the Nets, as coach Jason Kidd’s comments concerning Garnett’s status on Friday did not sound all that encouraging.
“If he gets to play before the playoffs, that would be great,” said Kidd. “If he gets to practice before the playoffs, that would be great. If he had no practice or games, for him being on the floor, that would help us dramatically.”
Although Kidd didn’t allude to the possibility of Garnett being done for the season, his inability to play in any of the last 16 games gives the idea of going the rest of the way without him at least a little bit of thought.
But let’s say he does return to the lineup before everything is said and done, as the Nets expect him to. Who’s to say that he won’t go down again, especially at nearly 38 years old?
That’s why Brooklyn must be prepared for the very worst with Garnett as the playoffs creep closer and closer. They’ve found plenty of success in his absence, and they must be ready to do just the same during the postseason to keep it going.
Obviously, the Nets would love to have Garnett back when it matters most, but there’s nothing wrong with preparing for the worst-case scenario.