Jeremy Lin expected to be ready by 2018-19 NBA training camp
After he sustained a ruptured right patella midway through the fourth quarter of the Nets’ season opener against the Indiana Pacers, Lin has since had knee surgery and has been rehabbing his knee at Fortius Sport and Health in Vancouver.
According to an article written by Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN, Lin opened up to the media before the Nets’ 102-99 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers at Barclays Center. He said that his rehab continues to be going very well and that he has not had any issues with his knee.
“It’s going really smooth,” Lin said. “Everything is how we would expect it to be. No issues on that end. I think one of the big reasons [for rehabbing in Vancouver] is just that it’s hard with the team traveling back and forth, especially early on after surgery when you can’t really fly … This process is something that requires quite a bit of time. It’s really become a lifestyle for me in terms of devoting [time].”
Lin also went on to say that he fully expects to be 100 percent healthy and ready by the time training camp comes around prior to the 2018-19 NBA season.
When he does come back, he says that he is still going to be the same type of aggressive and attacking player that he is known to be.
“Shoot, if I am not [ready by training camp], there’s issues,” Lin said on Friday. “I am not going to change the bread and butter of who I am, which is downhill, attacking, dynamic playmaking. I will always be that player. Maybe the type of risks … I don’t know, I never really saw them as risks, but what we will see is probably a similar style but in a safer way. I will still be in the paint heavy, but I won’t be landing on my legs the same way, getting off-balanced unless obviously I am forced to, but the landing, taking contact, being able to engage certain muscles before contact, before I take off, all those things are really, really important … A lot of other muscles will be absorbing impact that maybe joints shouldn’t be.”
Lin was only limited to 36 games last season due to lingering hamstring issues, so it will be interesting to see how next season pans out for him. In 406 career games over eight seasons in the league, Lin has averaged 12.0 points, 4.5 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game in roughly 26.6 minutes of action per contest.