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Jeremy Lin didn’t even make it through one full game this season.
He plans to return next season playing a different way so he can stay on the floor and help the Brooklyn Nets keep building.
Lin played in just 36 games in 2016-17 due to hamstring injuries and ruptured his right patella tendon in a loss at Indiana on opening night of this season. His plan to stay healthy focuses on ditching all the on-court motor skills that started Linsanity six years ago across the city with the New York Knicks in exchange for a new range of motion.
”So Quintin Demps Jersey , like, at every level of ability to be more dynamic, I’m not just looking at whether my knee will hold up. I’m looking at whether I have done enough to completely change pre-existing movement patterns,” Lin said Thursday, a day after the Nets finished 28-54, their third consecutive 50-loss season after three straight playoff appearances.
The Nets won seven of their last 13 games after losing 19 of 22.
The 29-year-old Lin spent a large chunk of his rehab process at Fortius Sport and Health in Vancouver, British Columbia, under his personal trainer, Rick Celebrini, who in the past worked with former NBA star Steve Nash.
Running, shooting and defending will all seem new for Lin, who signed a three-year, million deal with the Nets in July 2016, and in February opted in to his .5 million player option.
”It won’t look different to the eye, or on TV any different, but it will be very different in terms of how I do it Emmitt Smith Jersey , and where I move from and what muscles I’m using and what tendons and joints I’m not using,” Lin said.
His injury led to the development of others at point guard.
Spencer Dinwiddie became a candidate for the Most Improved Player award after averaging career highs with 12.6 points and 6.6 assists. Coach Kenny Atkinson and general manager Sean Marks also got a good look at D’Angelo Russell, who took over Lin’s duties, but then needed knee suffer that forced him out until mid-January. Once the 22-year-old returned to the court, he showed flashes of why the Los Angeles Lakers made him the No. 2 pick of the 2015 draft before including him in the Brook Lopez deal last summer.
Add in Allen Crabbe, who struggled at times but set the franchise season-single record of 201 3-pointers made; an improved defender in second-year player Caris LeVert; a young shot-blocker in rookie Jarrett Allen; and the rising play of Rondae Hollis-Jefferson along with the veteran presence of DeMarre Carroll, Lin has a reason to feel optimistic.
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Lin was asked how he would define progress in what could be his final season in a Nets uniform.
”I’m a very results-oriented person, and I’m a very wins-oriented person,” he said. ”My answer would be wins. I don’t love moral victories. We just need to win more games, and we need to, hopefully, win a lot.”
Joe Harris averaged 10.8 points and enjoyed career-bests in field goal shooting (49.1 percent) and 3-point makes (41.9 percent). The former Cleveland guard is one of four unrestricted free agents and could become too expensive for the Nets, who have about million available in their cap space.
He’s already told his agent and the front office his preference to stay.
”Yeah, I think any time you’re comfortable playing within a system you’re going to play more aggressive, you’re going to play with more confidence,” Harris said.
”It’s not to say you would go someplace else and not be able to adjust quickly Chad Thomas Jersey , but I think being here and having a familiarity with everyone . it just makes the game easier for you and understanding where you need to be and what they expect out of you.”
Russell fell out of favor in Los Angeles but his teammates in Brooklyn praised his play and work ethic.
”His talent, nobody in this room or arena will question his talent. You just want him to do it consistently”, Carroll said. ”D’Angelo is probably the closest thing we have to an All-Star on our team if he did it consistently. Me, being his big brother, being a leader, I just challenge him to come in and hit it hard every day.”
Sharing the backcourt with Dinwiddie over the last three months of the season, Russell played on and off the ball and averaged 15.5 points and a career-high 5.2 assists. He often mentioned his commitment to Brooklyn’s long-term future.
”I came into this situation, played a few games and got hurt, went down and come back,” Russell said. ”I had to earn my stripes all over again and start over. That’s kind of what it really was, the reality of it, the whole situation. I had to gain Coach’s trust back and show them that I was willing to do that again.”Running back Mark Ingram was a late arrival to the New Orleans Saints‘ offseason program and he’ll be a late arrival for the regular season as well.
But he says he’s not behind schedule and will hit the ground running when he finishes a four-game suspension to start the season.
Ingram, who has rushed for more than 1,000 yards each of the past two seasons, is being disciplined for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancers.
Ingram skipped New Orleans’ voluntary OTAs, but participated in the first day of the team’s mandatory three-day minicamp Tuesday. He said his absence wasn’t a holdout as he enters the final year of his contract.
”The main reason I wasn’t here for OTAs is I wanted to train on my own this offseason and switch up my offseason regimen this year Andy Dalton Jersey ,” Ingram said after practice.
”I felt like there were things that I wanted to work on personally that I could get done better by myself. Noting against our program.
”There were a number of things I could focus on – my speed, my explosion, keeping my weight down, taking care of my body. I feel like the stuff I was doing while I was away made me a better player. I’ve been here seven years. I know our offense. As you get older you know exactly what your body needs to be its best.”
Ingram said he kept Saints coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis informed of what he was doing as he worked out with his father, former NFL player Mark Ingram, in the Boca Raton, Fla., area as he has throughout his seven-year career.
”I think he’s in good shape,” Payton said. ”It’s good to see him out there.”
Payton said there’s nothing new on contract talks with Ingram.
”I’d love to stay in New Orleans,” Ingram said. ”That’s (the Saints’) decision. If they see me in the future we’ll get something done. But I have one year left. Whether it happens now or later, it’ll come around.”
The Saints are well positioned to handle Ingram’s absence with the presence of Alvin Kamara, the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year last season. Ingram and Kamara set an NFL record by becoming the first teammates to each gain more than 1,500 yards from scrimmage in the same season.
But after Kamara, New Orleans has little experience with Trey Edmunds, Jonathan Williams, Daniel Lasco and rookie sixth-round draft choice Boston Scott.
Former Saints running back Tom Hightower worked out for the team Tuesday Jim McMahon Jersey , and former Chiefs and Broncos running back Jamaal Charles reportedly will visit with the team Wednesday.
”It’s not the end of the world,” Ingram said of his absence. ”I’m going to be back. Those guys need to step up and I’m sure Alvin and the rest of the guys are going to do a great job of preparing and putting themselves in position for success. I’ll be rooting on my teammates real hard.”
Quarterback Drew Brees said he’s ”stayed in constant communication” with Ingram and knows ”what he’s doing to get himself ready to play.”
”I know he’s been training hard, working hard, preparing himself for the season,” Brees said. ”So it’s great to have him back this week. It certainly hasn’t distracted me. I don’t think it’s distracted anybody. We’re not worried about Mark or his readiness to play when it’s time.”
When Ingram was suspended last month, his agent issued a statement claiming that Ingram had tested positive for a substance that is permissible with an NFL exemption, but an arbitrator ruled against Ingram.
”I fought (the suspension) hard and I don’t agree with it, but I’m going to serve my suspension and I’m going to be ready when it’s time,” Ingram said. ”Hopefully we’re 4-0 when I come back, but I’ll be back and I’ll be ready.”
Ingram, 28, made his second Pro Bowl by running for a career-high 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. He also caught 58 passes for 416 yards.
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