Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Jeremy Lin lightly jogs, shoots at practice
By Jared Zwerling
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- For the first time publicly, Jeremy Lin was seen doing some light jogging and slower-paced basketball moves during Knicks' practice Wednesday morning.
While working with one of the team's trainers, Lin, wearing a brace on his left knee, gingerly side-stepped to receive passes on the left and right corners of the foul line to shoot jumpshots. Occasionally, when he got the ball, he would execute a few different dribbling patterns -- some crossovers, some behind-the-backs -- leading into a jumpshot. Afterwards, he took some free throws and then did slight knee-ups from one end of the court to the other twice.
Overall, Lin's basketball moves looked sharp, but he moved very gingerly and methodically, and was hardly getting off the ground. At one point, he almost tripped over himself once moving side-to-side, which caused him to be even more cautious.
After practice, Mike Woodson spoke about Lin, who's now in his fourth week of recovery after undergoing surgery to repair a small chronic meniscal tear in his left knee on April 2.
"He's starting to smell the gym a little bit more now, which is great," the coach said. "I asked him yesterday how he felt after getting out running a little bit, and he said felt pretty good. But we've got to put him through drills where he's cutting and things of that nature just to make sure that the knee doesn't swell up and he's not physically sore. I mean, there's going to be some soreness, but we've got to make sure that when he steps back out on the floor, he's able to play basketball."
Woodson hinted that the best-case scenario is Lin returning for the semifinals, which has been the likely timetable since his operation. The recovery was considered six weeks, and the point guard entered his fourth on Monday.
"I'd like to think if we're able to get out of this first round, he should be ready for the second round I would think," he said. "But that's not for me to determine. He's got to come to us, along with the doctors, and say that the knee feels fine and he's confident that he can cut and do things that he once did. Then, we'll put him back in uniform."