Here’s another twist in the Nets point guard situation. Caris LeVert, the player the Nets drafted out of Michigan where he played some point guard, practiced Monday for the first time. Our Brian Fonseca was at the HSS Training Center...
Once again, per Atkinson, no timetable on Jeremy Lin, who's still out. However, Caris LeVert did go through the whole practice today. #Nets— Bryan Fonseca (@BryanFonsecaNY) November 21, 2016
LeVert, the 6’7” (Atkinson says 6’7 1/2”) combo guard, hasn’t played competitively in nearly a year. He suffered a fracture of his left foot last December at Michigan and underwent surgery in March at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. It was his third foot fracture, but this time, Dr. Martin O’Malley, the Nets’ foot and ankle specialist, reconstructed his foot, removing a bone from his hip and grafting it to the foot, improving its stability.
The Nets took LeVert at No. 20, a pick acquired from the Pacers in exchange for Thaddeus Young. The Nets also received a future second round pick in the deal.
LeVert, who has been practicing on a limited basis, was obviously happy with the development.
LeVert on progress: "I've been working really hard with the staff. Whatever the team needs. I'll be competitive, whatever we need to win." pic.twitter.com/UjTDROpQo0— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) November 21, 2016
He told reporters that both mentally and physically, he’s fine.
LeVert says he never had any mental barrier to get past w/ the foot, and that now he's gotten his conditioning up to speed. #Nets— Brian Lewis (@NYPost_Lewis) November 21, 2016
...building up the other parts of my leg as well." #Nets— Bryan Fonseca (@BryanFonsecaNY) November 21, 2016
There’s been speculation that with so much time off, LeVert may have to spend time with the Long Island Nets getting back into basketball shape. But that appears to be wrong, that LeVert will continue to practice with the NBA club.
Caris LeVert, who practiced today in full, says he feels 100%. Says his foot feels 'completely normal.' #Nets— Bryan Fonseca (@BryanFonsecaNY) November 21, 2016
Meanwhile, Lin was doing some shooting drills along with his teammates.
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