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Jeremy Lin: Progress but no timetable

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The schedule gets interesting from here on out. The Nets play two more games, Monday and Wednesday, before the All-Star Break, then don’t play again until February 24, the day after the trade deadline. The roster we see now may be changed dramatically ... or not at all.

So what about Jeremy Lin? Friday was the fifth anniversary of the high point of Linsanity, his 38-point explosion against the Lakers that had the Garden rocking and put Lin on the cover of Sports Illustrated ... twice.

“Nothing, no date or anything,” Atkinson replied when asked about a timetable. “He’s working out on the court, but no timetable.”

So does that mean we have to wait until the All-Star Break and trade deadline pass?

“I wouldn’t assume anything. He’s progressing. He’s working hard, improving every day, but we’re not going to put a date or a time on it,” said Atkinson.

So we wait. The Nets said he would be out three-to-five weeks in this iteration of his rehab from a hamstring strain. Monday marks three weeks. Lin in interviews with Chinese media has been non-committal other than to say he’s not coming back until he’s 100 percent.

He is being constantly monitored. He spoke about it on CNBC last week when he was part of the introduction of the Nets jersey ad deal with INFOR, the enterprise software company.

“For us, we track our sleep, we track our weight, everything how your muscles feel on a daily basis,” he told CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin. “Everyday, when we’re practicing or working out, we have these things that we wear that [provide] constant data: how fast you’re moving, etc.”

The Nets had high hopes for Lin and he had high hopes for himself. But he’s now missed 42 games --more than half the season— and the chances of even seeing what we missed appear slim. If the roster is revamped, he’ll be starting over with a new cast. And even if it isn’t, he will have to get into basketball shape.

The Nets started 2-3, then 4-5, and there was hope with Lin. TV ratings were on the rise. So were the turnstile numbers that measure how many people actually come to Barclays, not just how many tickets were sold.

But injury put Linsanity II on hold. As Dodger fans yelled at Ebbets Field during the 1940’s and 1950’s, “Wait till next year.”