Jeremy Lin out for season with Ruptured Patellar Tendon
Lin was injured late in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s season-opening loss.
Brooklyn Nets point guard Jeremy Lin suffered a right Patellar Tendon Rupture and will miss the remainder of the season. Sean Marks confirmed the injury and issued the following statement:
“Jeremy worked tremendously hard during the offseason and in training camp and was excited for the prospects of the team this season,” Nets general manager Sean Marks said in a statement Thursday. “We feel awful that the injury will cost him the season, however our entire organization will be there to support Jeremy in every way possible throughout his recovery. Jeremy remains an important part of this team and will continue to contribute in a leadership role.”
Lin was injured late in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s season-opening loss to the Indiana Pacers. He drove to the basket and landed awkwardly on his right knee. His immediate reaction showed that he feared something was wrong, and unfortunately he was correct. He finished with 18 points, but had to be helped off the floor by his teammates.
The point guard was beginning his second year in Brooklyn after missing more than half of last season with various injuries. He has an opt-out clause at the end of the season and could have played his final game in a Nets uniform. Including Wednesday night, Lin has played a total of 37 games in two seasons with the Nets.
This is a tough blow for the Nets both on and off the court. Lin is considered to be a team leader and is well respected around the league. I expect him to make a full recovery, just not this season. D’Angelo Russell will now be the team’s full-time starting point guard. Look for both Sean Kilpatrick and Isaiah Whitehead to have increased roles as well.
Brooklyn opens up its home slate on Friday night against the Orlando Magic.
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