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Jeremy Lin talks rehab: Still no 5-on-5 contact, but lots of progress

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In his latest update on his rehab from last October’s ruptured patella tendon and subsequent surgery, Jeremy Lin told Tom Dowd of the Nets website that while he’s not yet participating in full contact, he sees progress.

A few nights ago, Sean Marks said that Lin had begun engaging in contact activities. But as Dowd noted, for now, that just means 1-on-1.

Lin said he’ll progress to 3-on-3 and 5-on-5, but couldn’t offer dates. His progress, Lin said, is defined by how he feels each step of the way back... literally. Lin has also said he’s not yet satisfied with his level of explosiveness.

“A lot of it is really just seeing how it feels week to week,” said Lin. “As long as there’s no issues, then keep going forward. I honestly don’t even know dates. We don’t try to put dates on it because there’s no rush back.

“It’s more just stay at a place where you’re really comfortable, knee’s doing well and you can keep adding time, intensity, playing for longer amounts of time, play for longer stretches of time. Maybe I play three stretches today. I might build up and play longer stretches, five stretches. There’s a process that goes into it. As long as I progress and feel good, we’ll keep building up.”

Lin has long said he expects to be ready for NBA training camp, now seven weeks away.

As for the Nets’ off-season moves, Lin said he’s excited about the addition of Ed Davis, his teammate with the Lakers four years ago. He even said he’d tried to get the Nets to acquire the 6’10” center.

“I’m biased. I played with him and have always said that he’s one of my favorite pick-and-roll players to play with that I’ve ever had,” said Lin.

“I was talking to Kenny about Ed right when I signed. I was like, ‘Hey, we should go get this guy.’ I’m very happy to have him on board. I think he does a great job of doing his job. He’s a great teammate. He’s a really smart player. He knows where to be and he’s there at the right time. Appreciated that. I can’t wait to play with him.”

Lin was one of at least six Nets on hand for the summer league, along with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Spencer Dinwiddie, Allen Crabbe, DeMarre Carroll and Isaiah Whitehead. Caris LeVert, officially on the Summer League roster, sat his Brooklyn teammates courtside Wednesday night.