The Harvard graduate told the Freakonomics Radio podcast of one of the most frustrating sides of injury – the reaction of fans. “I can’t tell you how many fans have come up to me and they’re like, “Man. you’re on my fantasy team and you got hurt. You hurt my fantasy team!”, he told host Stephen J Dubner, one half of the authors behind the Freaknomics books and series of spin-offs. “I’m like, ‘Are you comparing what I do and what I love and what keeps me up at night and the thing that I’ve put tens of thousands of hours into to your little fantasy thing that you just showed up for one day and did a 60-minute draft for?’
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Brad Rowland: Pierce says Lin “looks great” as he recovers from injury.
Lin said he’ll progress to 3-on-3 and 5-on-5, but couldn’t offer dates. His progress, Lin said, is defined by how he feels each step of the way back… literally. Lin has also said he’s not yet satisfied with his level of explosiveness. “A lot of it is really just seeing how it feels week to week,” said Lin. “As long as there’s no issues, then keep going forward. I honestly don’t even know dates. We don’t try to put dates on it because there’s no rush back. “It’s more just stay at a place where you’re really comfortable, knee’s doing well and you can keep adding time, intensity, playing for longer amounts of time, play for longer stretches of time. Maybe I play three stretches today. I might build up and play longer stretches, five stretches. There’s a process that goes into it. As long as I progress and feel good, we’ll keep building up.”
While Lin is lighter and his knee is healthy, his lengthy rehab at Vancouver’s Fortius Sport & Health included extensive kinesiology work, remaking the way he moves. That’s an ongoing process. “I haven’t played in a long time, so it’s not like you come back and you’re better than you were before. It’s going to take a lot of time. My body’s not used to moving fast or playing against contact so that takes [time],” Lin said. “Having a year where you’re out, you don’t get that in four weeks. It takes a lot of time, which is why we’re going to keep building up and stay with the plan, try to not get too frustrated if I’m not moving the way I want or I’m not as explosive as I want.
Brian Lewis: Jeremy Lin said he’s been going 1-on-1 with contact, and will be ready for training camp. #Nets @jlin7
In an interview with Taiwanese media on June 2, Lin praised the organization, saying “90 to 95 percent” of the NBA’s other teams wouldn’t have gone the extra mile the Nets did. He detailed just what the Nets had done for him. “I know I am blessed so much,” said Lin talking about the Nets organization. “The Nets have supported me so much. For my rehab in Vancouver, the car, accommodations, air fare, advanced rehab therapeutics were all paid by the Nets. They also had conferencing with Fortius weekly to set the rehab plans together. I will return to Vancouver first when back from Asia. It’s the Nets who asked me to go back there to check my knee.”
In general, Lin said, the Nets treatment of him has been extraordinary by NBA standards. “Not every team will do that,” he said of the Nets role in his overall rehab. “Most — 90 to 95 percent of NBA teams — won’t treat their players like that. So I really think they take care of me very, very well. “
As for the Nets, Lin admits he’s still rehabbing his knee after his Opening Night injury seven months ago but remains optimistic he’ll be ready for training camp. He leaves next week on his annual “sharing tour“ of Taiwan and China. Not to worry. He says he’s “pretty much at that point where everything is good to go.”
Jeremy Lin is attempting a comeback after the biggest setback of his life six months ago when he suffered a ruptured patella tendon in his right knee. In doing so, Lin decided on a unique rehab approach following season-ending surgery. The Nets guard traveled outside of the country to receive treatment and isolated himself in the process.
After working with Fortius Sport & Health sports physiotherapist Ryan Murray and strength and conditioning coach Daniel Kenzie in Burnaby, British Columbia, Lin is taking a holistic approach to his body and is remaking his entire game. “I’m not just looking at whether my knee will hold up,” Lin says. “I’m looking at whether I have done enough to completely change preexisting movement patterns. Everything down to my shot, the way I run, the way I defend, the way I move, cut, accelerate, decelerate, everything will look – it won’t look to the eye, or on TV any different – but it will be very different in terms of how I do it, and where I move from and what muscles I’m using and what tendons and joints I’m not using. I definitely learned more about science and anatomy than I ever thought I would. But I’m excited, and I feel like I’m moving better and it’s going to help my game.”
Lin had to learn how to walk again, jog, run, cut and jump, essentially reprogramming his muscle memory. Several exercises included movement with a resistance band to help Lin perform basketball techniques on the court better such as a step-back jumper and gaining balance off the dribble quicker. Lin also did water aerobics and received acupuncture treatment as part of his rehab, according to social media postings. Now, Lin is running, jumping, cutting and shooting (with minor shot adjustments after changing the positioning of his feet). The next step in his comeback is absorbing contact. “It’s going to make me better, it’s going to make me faster, make me more efficient,” Lin says. “The only hard part is I have to, effectively, undo 29 years of movement; that’s the hardest part.”
Brian Lewis: Atkinson on Jeremy Lin: “We’ve just got to be really super, super-cautious. We don’t want to rush this in April, May. But I was blown away at how well he was moving, and the stuff he did yesterday.” #Nets @Jeremy Lin
As for his injury, Jeremy Lin disclosed that his surgery to repair his ruptured patella tendon had an additional benefit. “They say I’ll even be better because before, I was dealing with knee pain, but now that they’ve gone in and cleaned everything up, I’ll feel even better than before and there’s no residual anything,” he said in an apparent reference to the Nets medical staff. He also told Lowe that he feels lucky in one regard. “If you’re going to choose one of the big-time injures, this is a great one to have,” he said with a laugh.
In Jeremy Lin’s first interview with local media since suffering a season-ending knee injury in the Nets’ opener, the guard said he will be back for training camp and back playing the same style. And that style will be better, Lin said, after he essentially will have taken a year off to retrain his body how to move. “You talking about training camp? Shoot. If I am not, there’s issues,” said Lin, backing the widely held assumption he will opt in for the final season, worth $12 million, on his three-year contract.
Anthony Puccio: Jeremy Lin was asked if he’ll be ready by training camp. “If I’m not then we have issues.”
Shams Charania: Sources: The NBA has granted Brooklyn a $6M disabled player exception for the loss of guard Jeremy Lin.
Jeremy Lin, who had been rehabbing his knee injury in Vancouver, was on the bench Sunday. A source said he could be cleared to run and jump by April. Lin makes frequent treks to Vancouver where he works with personal trainer and Fortius Institute co-founder Rick Celebrini. General manager Sean Marks said he and the Nets are in lockstep with the point guard’s rehab process.
The Nets decision to send Jeremy Lin to a British Columbia sports institute for a season-long rehab was “collaborative,” Kenny Atkinson told reporters Friday afternoon. “It’s was a collaborative effort from Sean (Marks) and I, our performance team, and the group in Vancouver – plus Jeremy’s group too,” Atkinson said after practice on Friday afternoon. “It was a collaborative decision. We are monitoring it and we just want everyone to make sure that we are on top of it daily, in contact with the people in Vancouver. The coaches are in contact with Jeremy, I’m in contact with Jeremy all the time. Collaboratively, we felt like it was the best place to get this thing done.”
In an Instagram message posted Thursday afternoon, Jeremy Lin announced that he’ll spend most of the season at a suburban Vancouver sports training institute, hoping to “rebuild my body from the ground up.” Lin’s message to his fans was short and without much detail…”The Nets and IO have decided on a really comprehensive rehab program that will have me out here most of the season. The goal is to rebuild my body from the ground up, each and every muscle and joint, not just the patella tendon. I can’t wait to get healthy. come back even stronger.”
In a Chinese language interview Wednesday morning on Weibo, the big Chinese social media platform, Jeremy Lin said that he can finally bend his right knee, a month after he ruptured his patellar tendon in Opening Night. But he said he’s not yet ready to return to the Nets bench out of fear that a player could fall on his knee, still in a brace.
In an thank you note posted to a Chinese website, We Chat, Jeremy Lin admits that he is still physically and mentally hurting … but already preparing to return to the NBA, working with the Nets and his personal trainer. Jeremy Lin: “Now that I’ve come out of [being] wounded, scared, I can honestly say that God has given me great peace and joy. Do not get me wrong, I’m really hurt and broken hearted. Nobody cares more about my career than I do. Although I put so much energy into basketball last year, I could only play 36 games, then played only one game this year. But sometimes life is like that, even if we do a hundred percent of the preparation, we may not always get what we want.”
Tom Lorenzo: Sean Marks on Jeremy Lin: “We’re expecting a full recovery. We’re expecting him to be back on the court this time next year.”
Jeremy Lin: THANKS for all the love and support!! Blown away at everyones kindness. My hats too swaggy lol
Tom Lorenzo: Nets announce that Jeremy Lin had a “successful surgery” this morning. Will miss the season but is expected to make a “full recovery.”
Jarrett Allen: Wishing you a speedy recovery @Jeremy Lin
DeMarre Carroll: Stay strong & speedy recovery @Jeremy Lin 👊 #BrooklynGrit #WeGoHard
Kent Bazemore: Prayers up to @Jeremy Lin! #Undrafted #NBAFamily
Chandler Parsons: Prayers up @Jeremy Lin . You will be back .
Adam Zagoria: Nets statement on Jeremy Lin ruptured Patella injury
Jeremy Lin: Gods ALWAYS faithful and in control 🙏🏼🙌🏼
Lin suffered a right-knee injury late in Wednesday’s 140-131 season-opening loss to the Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Despite the defeat, the only image anybody will remember is the sight of Lin clutching his knee in tears. “He’s getting examined. We’ll know more [Thursday],” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said of Lin, who traveled back to New York with the team. “Definitely tough,” power forward Trevor Booker said. “He battled through injuries last year. To see him go down the first game, it has to be tough for him. So you can only feel for him.”
Anthony Puccio: Jeremy Lin was assisted to the locker room after this play.
Michael Gallagher: Jeremy Lin hurt. He needs help off the floor.
Devin Kharpertian: That looks bad for Jeremy Lin.
Zach LaVine: 🏃🏽
Fred Kerber: For #BrooklynNets Jeremy Lin will play “significant minutes” and start, coach Kenny Atkinson sed
When Jeremy Lin landed awkwardly on his ankle during Sunday’s game against the Mavericks, he couldn’t help but think the worst. After all, that’s the way his nightmarish, injury-riddled season has gone since it began, with Lin playing in just 25 of the Nets’ 69 games after signing a three-year, $36 million deal in the summer. “It’s the story of my season,” said Lin, who is averaging 13.7 points and 4.9 assists when he does play. “Every time we’re about to hit our stride, get into a rhythm or we start to figure things out, something’s happened.”
Anthony Puccio: Jeremy Lin will NOT return due to a sprained right ankle. #Nets
Jeremy Lin’s hamstrings have hampered the Nets’ season, holding him to just 12 games and contributing to the team’s league-worst record. But the point guard finally resumed practice Tuesday and is expected to play in Denver on Feb. 24, the Nets’ first game after the All-Star break.
“He did pretty much everything, even a little extra afterwards, played a little full-court,’’ Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “He’s going to get that 10-day All-Star period to get his rhythm, get in better shape, work on his cardio. So, good news. He looked good, shot the ball well. His conditioning he’s got to work on a little bit. It’s a little different than being on a bike or a treadmill. We’ve got to see the minutes [in Denver], how that looks, the gradual buildup. … I’m not sure exactly what that minutes restriction is going to look like or if there’ll be one.”
Michael Gallagher: Jeremy Lin is listed as out for Friday against the Pacers, per Nets.
Brian Lewis: #Nets GM Sean Marks said #JeremyLin got hurt again while doing basketball drills. Says they got diagnosis a couple days ago. @Jeremy Lin
Jeremy Lin: By now the news has been released that I’ve retweaked my hamstring a third time. Although this is the least severe of the three, this third injury has been a hard one to deal with mentally. There’s something so draining about the yo-yo effect of going from injured to healthy to injured to healthy that in some ways it would have been easier to have an injury where I knew from the beginning I would be out for a long, set amount of time.
Jeremy Lin: People may ask if I rushed back. I can confidently say I didn’t. I checked every single check box that needed to be checked before returning and progressed carefully through my rehabs. The reality is that even when we plan for things to go a certain way, sometimes God has other plans.
The following statement has been released by Brooklyn Nets General Manager Sean Marks: “During the course of his rehab, Jeremy re-aggravated his strained left hamstring and will be out approximately three to five weeks as he continues to work towards a full recovery. We understand and appreciate Jeremy’s competitive desire to get back on the court with his teammates, however, we are going to be cautious with his rehab in order to ensure that he is at full strength once he returns.”
In a Chinese-language interview, Lin said he finally hopes to play again in a week or two, and that if it were up to him, he’d be on the court already “I love Jeremy’s competitiveness. That’s Jeremy being competitive, that’s him wanting to be out there to help his teammates,” coach Kenny Atkinson said before the Nets lost their eighth straight, 104-95, to the Pelicans at Barclays Center on Thursday night. “That’s the way I look at it. We’ll continue to evaluate [him]. He’s progressing nicely.
Kristian Winfield: #Nets coach Kenny Atkinson says no update on Jeremy Lin’s injury progress. Says he has confidence Lin will be back in due time.
Nets point guard Jeremy Lin – in a Chinese-language interview – said he finally hopes to be playing again for Brooklyn in a week or two, and that if it were up to him he’d be back out on the court already. Lin has missed 25 of the Nets’ 37 games, and has already been ruled out of Thursday night’s tilt against New Orleans. While Brooklyn has declined to give any sort of tangible update on his progress, he spoke with CCTVNBAPrimeTime in Chinese, and the quotes were taken from closed caption translations. “It’s OK. It’s progressing gradually,” said Lin. “I think the recovery is faster than last time.”
Lin added that he’s undergoing tests daily on the hamstring. “We have different tests every day. So those include evaluating my muscle strength, getting an X-ray, MRI (exam),’’ said Lin, adding that he carries an instrument that records data on his injury and progress. He said the performance team will base his return more on empirical date than how he his feeling. “Impossible. If it depending on my feeling, now I (would be playing),” Lin said.
Anthony Puccio: Jeremy Lin remains OUT tomorrow vs the 76ers. #Nets
Tom Lorenzo: Jeremy Lin (hamstring) is out tonight against the Bulls. Joe Harris is questionable.
Owen O’Brien: Reading between the lines, Kenny Atkinson did not sound very optimistic about Jeremy Lin’s status. But he’s still waiting on doctors.
Michael Scotto: Jeremy Lin (lower back tightness) is inactive tonight. Isaiah Whitehead will start at point guard in his place for the Brooklyn Nets.
Calvin Watkins: Nets guard Jeremy Lin said he’ll return to the lineup tonight against the Rockets after missing the last five weeks with a hamstring injury. He’ll play on limited minutes.
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.”
Five weeks after he went down with a strained hamstrin, Jeremy Lin finally returned to practice Friday. Kenny Atkinson did not provide a timetable but said he would not play Saturday night in San Antonio vs. the Spurs. Atkinson said of Lin, “He looked good out there. He moved well.”
Tom Lorenzo: Jeremy Lin is out again tomorrow for the Nets.
Michael Gallagher: Caris LeVert (left foot rehab) and Jeremy Lin (strained left hamstring) are out for Thursday’s game against the Bucks, per Nets PR.
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.”
Michael Gallagher: Jeremy Lin (hamstring) will be out for at least 2 weeks, per Nets PR.
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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