The Nets play the best team in the West Tuesday night, but at Monday’s practice, the discussion was mostly about ... the daily medical report. Bottom line: Jeremy Lin is making progress. So is Caris LeVert but Rondae Hollis-Jefferson’s injury looks more serious.
Here’s some tweets from the beat writers —and the Nets— laying out the situation. First Laura Albanese of Newsday...
Atkinson says Jeremy Lin is making strides. No timetable but hopes to practice soon. Caris practiced while RHJ was limited. #Nets— Laura Albanese (@AlbaneseLaura) November 28, 2016
Atkinson said RHJ's injury didn't seem that bad at first look but was pretty violent when he saw it on film.— Laura Albanese (@AlbaneseLaura) November 28, 2016
Rondae was moving ok but says his ankle is still sore. Though he didn't practice, Lin was dressed and contesting shots for a bit. #Nets— Laura Albanese (@AlbaneseLaura) November 28, 2016
And Brian Lewis of the Post as well.
Caris LeVert got his second full practice in with the #Nets. He's moving along well.— Brian Lewis (@NYPost_Lewis) November 28, 2016
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson was limited in practice. His availability for tomorrow is up in the air. #Nets— Brian Lewis (@NYPost_Lewis) November 28, 2016
#Nets wing Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (sore right ankle) is officially listed as questionable tomorrow vs the #Clippers.— Brian Lewis (@NYPost_Lewis) November 28, 2016
And the best news, a video of Caris LeVert’s pure stroke, soon to be seen at Barclays.
@CarisLeVert pic.twitter.com/IJ0ZCuqZZI— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) November 28, 2016
So there you have it. As Albanese writes Monday afternoon about specifics on any of them... “Reply hazy, try again.” She quoted Kenny Atkinson this way on Lin, days away from being out a month. “I wish I could give you more. He’s just working really hard, anxious” to return.
So we wait.
Meanwhile, Atkinson spoke of Isaiah Whitehead’s future once everyone is healthy. It suggested that the Nets are happy with the Seton Hall product and he’ll be Lin’s primary back-up.
“When Jeremy is back, he’ll kind of go into a backup role, so all this experience he’s getting playing against the top guys, when he’s slotted in a position as a backup, I can only think that’s going to help him. I can only think this is helping him progress, going to help him develop . . . We want better, but we’re seeing positive things and positive improvement.”
For added inspiration, the Nets had Michael Johnson, the gold-shoed Olympic champion in the 200 and 400, drop by. He made quite the impression on RHJ.
“He was so dedicated and so focused,” Hollis-Jefferson said. “Setting goals is the big thing . . . If I’m thinking about that every day it’s going to motivate you . . . How do I get myself where I want to be to get to my goal?