The Brook-Lin combination is back as the Brooklyn Nets clear Jeremy Lin to return.
The wait is over: Jeremy Lin will return to the Brooklyn Nets starting lineup after the NBA All-Star break. Nets coach Kenny Atkinson says he expects Lin to be ready to go when the Nets face the Denver Nuggets on February 24, via Brian Lewis of the New York Post.
In 12 games this season, Lin has averaged 13.9 points and 5.8 assists, playing only 25 minutes per game. As the Nets only high-profile signing of the offseason, pressure was high on Lin to bring energy and creativity to the Nets offense. However, with limited to no availability from Lin, the Nets are 9-46 and are sitting at the bottom of the Eastern Conference with the worst record in the NBA.
Lin, who signed with the Nets this summer on a three year 38 million dollar deal, has failed to stay healthy, leaving the Nets without a floor general and thrusting a roulette of unproven guards into the Nets starting lineup. Expect, Lin’s return to provide the Nets with the spark of energy they need to finish the season off strong.
Lin’s rehab will continue through the break and the team is optimistic that he will remain healthy for the final stretch of the season. Lin will likely be placed on a minutes restriction, but the news couldn’t come sooner for the desolate Nets and their fans.