Chris McCullough is likely to be active for the first time Friday and may play Monday. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has lost his walking boot and could be seen shooting jumpers prior to Wednesday's game. He likely has another two weeks left in his rehab.
But Nets fans are crazed in this season of despair, wanting to see the two rookies, aged 21 and 20, show their stuff in the last two plus months of the season. Andy Vasquez thinks they may want to tone down those expectations. One is just starting his career, the other will be coming off a long recovery and rehab.
He writes of the 6'11" McCullough...
At the moment, because the team is playing dreadfully, that hope is a bit out of control. Fans and reporters will analyze and project McCullough’s every move when he sets foot on the court. But the reality is, we won’t know much about him from the first few games, or even the first few months.
McCullough, he notes, didn't go through summer league or preseason like other rookies do.
"You have to understand, this kid has had a major knee surgery," Nets interim coach Tony Brown said. "You don’t want to rush him back. I understand a young player of his caliber … we want to see what [he] can bring to our team, but at the same time, we have to be careful about how we’re going to do that."
As for RHJ, Wednesday marks eight weeks since he broke his ankle in practice. At the time of the injury, the Nets said recovery would take eight to 10 weeks. He has progressed to light running, lateral movement and jump shooting.
Brown said it’s "going to take some time" before Hollis-Jefferson returns to the court. Does that mean just after the All-Star Break? No one is saying, but with the Nets so far under .500, there’s no reason for the team to rush him back, Vasquez writes.