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Jeremy Lin has taken the next step toward his return. Friday afternoon, for the first time since suffering a strained hamstring Nov. 2, Lin was back at practice. During the 37-day hiatus, the Nets have used a host of different players in the point guard position with limited success, contributing to the team’s struggles. “He’s not going to play [Saturday at San Antonio]. That’s his first practice in a while,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “He looked good. He was out there making good passes and moving well.”
As soon as Jeremy Lin felt the tweak in his left hamstring Wednesday, he was upset. He knew he was hurt and got angrier as he made the walk back to his locker. Then the Nets point guard looked down at the pink shoes he had worn to Barclays Center — the low-tops picked out for him by little Ava Lee, fighting leukemia — and he snapped out of his self-pity. He’ll be back to play for the Nets in a few weeks — they just have to stay afloat until then.
“At first, I was pretty upset. I was really upset. I came back to my locker, and I wore those pink shoes that day for Ava, and I immediately saw the shoes and started thinking about her, and I immediately ended my pity party,’’ Lin said. “It could be a lot worse. I’m still blessed that I’m going to be back on the court.”
But Lin got forced out of the game with a hamstring injury with the Nets leading 64-55 and 2:14 left in the opening half. Coach Kenny Atkinson had no update on the injury’s severity, and wasn’t even sure how it happened. And while any lengthy Lin absence would be catastrophic — the Nets are already without Greivis Vasquez, Randy Foye and Caris LeVert — they had enough to hold on against Detroit (3-2). “Obviously it’s tough to be there without J-Lin,” Lopez said. “We’re confident he’ll be all right. “But it was great to see the guys stick together, playing within themselves and just trust each other. That’s where we’re going to find our true strength and that’s what’s going to make us a great team.”
Brian Lewis: #Nets point guard Jeremy Lin strained his left hamstring, and wont return. Without Foye, Vasquez or LeVert, its Whitehead or bust. #Nets
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Andre Iguodala on Kevin Durant: He should stay in Brooklyn

Andre Iguodala gave his perspective on Kevin Durant’s situation on the Point Forward podcast, naming the reasons why the two-time NBA champion Durant, who won both titles together with Iguodala on the Warriors, should stay in Brooklyn. “I think he should stay in Brooklyn, it’s such a big market, it’s good for the game and just figure out how to make it work like everybody grow up and make it work. That’s how I feel about the situation,” Iguodala shared his perspective.
Another reason why Durant should stay according to Iguodala is the length of the contract the 12-time NBA All-Star Durant is still on with the Nets. “This is a situation where it’s either, look, man just come out here and play or don’t play because you got 4 years, we got you for a while so it’s not like you’re on an expiring contract and then you can just take off a year and we just give up a year,” added Iguodala.
Though he sustained a lower right leg fracture that required surgery, the Nuggets have no intention of parting ways with two-way guard Collin Gillespie, a source said. Even though Gillespie will be out indefinitely as he recovers, the Nuggets were thrilled to reach a deal with him on draft night and intend to support him throughout his recovery. Gillespie had a productive Summer League and was a favorite of coach Michael Malone.
The Nuggets are hiring a slew of pro and college scouts, sources told The Denver Post. Drew Nicholas, a former scout for the Sixers and Celtics, will be the Nuggets’ new director of scouting and oversee the department. Mike Penberthy, formerly an assistant coach for the Lakers, will join the organization as a pro scout and shooting coach. Chad Iske, an assistant coach for the Charlotte Hornets, will also join as a pro scout, as will Jarrett Stephens.