The Brooklyn Nets announced Wednesday that rookie point guard Isaiah Whitehead will be sidelined with a concussion.
The Nets’ contest on Tuesday against the Minnesota Timberwolves is when the injury first took place. Whitehead attempted to take a charge on Gorgui Dieng‘s drive to the basket, got knocked to the ground, and then had his head stepped on — unintentionally — after Dieng made the layup.
There is nothing fun about a 6-11, 240-pound man stepping on your face full-force.
Medical personnel made the diagnosis, and Whitehead won’t be able to come back to action until he is totally clear of all symptoms.
Brooklyn made the announcement official by releasing an update on his status on their team site.
The rookie from Seton Hall went back to the locker room after being shaken up but returned after everything came back normal. Whitehead played 26 productive minutes against Minny, and it was his most promising showing of the short season.
He only scored six points, but he snagged seven boards, handed out seven dimes, and only committed two turnovers. Furthermore, he played hard on defense without fouling.
More than anything, he looked composed. And his jitters are slowly evaporating.
Now down another guard, the Nets recalled Yogi Ferrell from the D-League; Jeremy Lin is out for some time with a strained hamstring, and Greivis Vasquez got released on Wednesday.
Randy Foye and Sean Kilpatrick are the next guys up to take control of the offense, and Foye is the better option because of the experience he has running the position.