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Jeremy Lin’s injury could spell doom for his NBA comeback

Jeremy Lin, Warriors

Jeremy Lin’s road to an NBA comeback may have hit a snag after sustaining a back injury. The 32-year-old guard, who is currently suiting up for the Golden State Warriors’ G League affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors, has missed two games in the past week due to the persisting issue.

Lin’s setback was initially not deemed as serious since he simply had “back tightness” and returned after a one-game absence to score 27 points. He insisted he was just being cautious:

“For me I just wanted to be smart I know that this is a little more expedited compared to a normal schedule so there’s nothing serious or anything it was just something that I want to be smart with,” he told the postgame media conference after scoring 27 points on Thursday.

“Me and the training staff and the coaches kind of talked about it together and so that’s what we decided on.

“It wasn’t anything we were expecting to be serious or anything like that, it was just a little bit tight, enough where we wanted to be smart.”

Unfortunately, the injury is lingering, which caused him to miss another game over the weekend.

While Lin entered the G League bubble for a chance to showcase that he is healthy once more, this could potentially scare NBA teams from picking him up, despite averaging stellar numbers of 19.6 points and 7.2 assists in 31.3 minutes per game. He recently hit seven 3-pointers in a game.

The Dubs, meanwhile, have been searching for a veteran guard to back up Stephen Curry since the beginning of the season. Jeremy Lin’s name has often tossed around, but it remains unclear if the Warriors are still interested given his current back issues.