WASHINGTON -- On one end of the spectrum is load management, the method of holding players out of games simply for rest that is currently en vogue. On the other end is what Admiral Schofield did on Tuesday.
The Wizards forward became the first player in franchise history to appear in a G-League and NBA game for the organization on the same day. He logged 38 minutes for the Capital City Go-Go in a game that started at 11:30 a.m., then played seven more for the Wizards in a game that tipped off at 7 p.m.
Both happened to be against the same organization. He played the Lakeland Magic and then the Orlando Magic in the nightcap.
Point guard Justin Robinson also technically did double duty, as he dressed for the second game but did not see the floor. Schofield, though, was needed with a slew of injuries to the Wizards' frontcourt. He played most of his time at center, even though he is listed as a 6-foot-6 forward.
"This is one of those days where you get to fall in love with the game again because it's so much basketball," Schofield said of the two games.
It was a new experience for Schofield and Robinson at the professional level. The two rookies said they discussed a plan before the first game of how they would operate throughout the day. The big question was whether to rest or keep moving to stay limber.
"We don't know if we should go in the cold tub or stay active and just be ready when we get over there or what the process is right now," Robinson said after the first game, a 107-106 loss to Lakeland that went down to the final play.
Schofield opted to stay in motion to avoid his muscles tightening up. After the first game, he stretched with a trainer, took an ice bath and then made his way to the arena for a walkthrough at 4 p.m.
Many NBA players use the afternoon between shootaround and games to get a nap in, but Schofield isn't one of them.
"If I nap, I'll be groggy and I won't be ready to go for walkthrough. No nap, no nap. Just got my rest last night. Full day of work today," he said before the Wizards' 127-120 loss to Orlando.
There were a few things working in Schofield and Robinson's favor that made the day doable. One is that they had experience playing multiple games in a day before at lower levels of basketball. Robinson once played for his junior varsity and varsity high school teams on the same day. Schofield recalls playing as many as three games in one day in the AAU ranks.
It also helps that the Wizards and Go-Go are both located in Washington. The drive from the Go-Go's arena in Ward 8 to Capital One Arena is 14 minutes away without traffic.
"It's why we love having our G-League [team] in our building. It's right here and we can make decisions quickly," head coach Scott Brooks said.
Also assisting Schofield and Robinson's cause is that, though the competition is much better in the NBA, the playbook for the two teams is essentially the same. Brooks estimates they are 80-to-90 percent similar, which means Schofield and Robinson would not have any confusion running the Wizards' offensive and defensive schemes.
Finally, and perhaps the most important reason why Tuesday was possible for Schofield and Robinson, is something they have that more experienced players don't. They don't have a ton of basketball mileage yet.
"They're young, they can handle it," Brooks said.
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