From Dei Lynam:
In an effort to help the players avoid mental fatigue during this 66-game sprint, the Sixers’ strength and conditioning coach Jesse Wright and trainer Kevin Johnson suggested to Collins the players do yoga on their rare practice days. The change in training has been a hit.
“We have aired on the side of rest, just trying to keep our guys as mentally fresh as possible,” Collins said. “As a result we have had a lot of slippage in what we would like to do offensively, but I think we have the better chance to win, rather than come in and try to practice for 40 minutes we are better off letting our guys come in and relax and get a nice session of yoga while being together.”
I suggest you read the entire article, because the quotes are quite humorous. I know nothing about yoga, but I’m guessing it can’t hurt to give players some rest. Now is the time, with home games against bad teams, to get as much rest as possible.
However, the lax practice policies will need to end eventually, as the Sixers’ schedule looks to get much tougher. New Jersey’s next, so the Sixers shouldn’t need too much practice. But with games against Orlando, Miami, and Chicago coming soon, they might want to get some practices in. They’ll need them.