After suffering a hamstring injury last year, Brooklyn Nets point guard Jeremy Lin gave hints to his much-awaited return.
Speaking to CCTV NBA Prime Time in Chinese, the 28-year-old Taiwanese-American NBA player gave what sounds like a very positive report about his condition. "It's progressing gradually," Lin said about his recovering hamstring injury. "I think the recovery is faster than last time." The enthusiastic athlete also added that he expects to get back in the game in a week or two.
While Lin started the season strong, scoring 21 points in the Nets game versus Indiana Pacers last October and beating the latter with a score of 103–94, his two injuries forced him to slow down and hit the bench while he recovers. Lin hurt his hamstring first in November and was followed by another blow in December. At the moment, the Nets ranks last in the Eastern Conference standing having won only eight games and lost 29 others.
Coach Kenny Atkinson said before the Nets lost their eighth straight, 104–95, to the Pelicans at Barclays Center what he thinks about Lin's positive statement, saying, "I love Jeremy's competitiveness. That's Jeremy being competitive, that's him wanting to be out there to help his teammates. That's the way I look at it. We'll continue to evaluate Lin. He's progressing nicely. He understands that our performance team and our doctors, that's who I'm listening to."
There is no doubt that Brooklyn Nets need Lin on the court, but it is also necessary for the team to tread through his recovery and return carefully to make sure that the athlete remains in good shape. The team took another blow a few days ago when point guard Isaiah Whitehead sprained his left knee during a game against the New Orleans Pelicans. Whitehead took over Lin's court assignment following the latter's injury. Whitehead's condition is still questionable and the team is unsure if he will be fit enough to play against the Toronto Raptors.
In a recent interview, the Nets lost to the Raptors with a score of 132–113. "It's tough, obviously you want to win," center Brook Lopez said. "It's tough losing, but I think we definitely are seeing progress. It's good we're moving in the right direction defensively. We're trending in the way we want to go and I think we just got to get our offense there and just being more consistent."