Jeremy Lin’s Brooklyn glory has been on hold this season, as a thrice-injured hamstring has limited the famous point guard to just 12 games in a Nets uniform. The Nets weren’t supposed to rise like a phoenix from the basement of the standings even with Lin, but progress on their process — the master plan of GM Sean Marks and head coach Kenny Atkinson — has been waylaid by Lin’s legs. Nets fans got good news this week that Lin should return to the lineup sometime after the All-Star break. Even better news — for those who believe Lin should return this year — is that he’s already back practicing with the team.
Lin said after his first practice: “I didn’t play great, but I was competitive.” That’s a hallmark of Lin’s — his competitive fire. It’s also what has made this hamstring injury so difficult for him to work through, since the hamstring requires rest and patience to heal. Lin’s brief time in a Brooklyn uniform has been productive. He’s averaged 14 points and nearly six assists a game. The Nets fans’ fear is whether — since he’s such an important part of the Nets future — a Lin comeback this year is an unnecessary risk.
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