Jeremy Lin’s short time with the Brooklyn Nets has been riddled by injury, and nothing, apparently, is going to change.
As first reported by ESPN.com’s Adrian Wojnarowski, and then soon after announced by the team, Lin suffered a ruptured patellar tendon during Brooklyn’s opening-night loss to the Indiana Pacers and will miss the rest of the season:
Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin suffered a patellar tendon rupture and will miss rest of season, source tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 19, 2017
Here’s a video of the incident, courtesy of Nets Daily’s Anthony Puccio:
Jeremy Lin was assisted to the locker room after this play. pic.twitter.com/WrdI5jnQNE
— Anthony Puccio (@APOOCH) October 19, 2017
This injury comes as a crushing blow to Lin, who was limited to just 36 games last season amid hamstring injuries. He is in the second season of a three-year, $36 million deal, with a player option for 2018-19 he will almost assuredly exercise now.
The Nets have the guard and wing depth, along with the low expectations, to weather Lin’s absence. But he was brought in as a cultural touchstone. Even last season, as he spent a great deal of time on the bench, he remained involved in the process, frequently speaking with teammates and head coach Kenny Atkinson from the sidelines.
Unfortunately, it seems Lin is in for more of the same this year. The Nets and him can only hope things are different, for real, next season.