Brroklyn Nets' Jeremy Lin retraining his body as he continues rehab from knee surgery
From NBA media reports
Jeremy Lin has played just 36 games in his two seasons in Brooklyn, having dealt with hamstring issues in his first year and having suffered a season-ending knee injury in the season-opener in October.
Lin has a player option for the final year and he’ll likely exercise it as he hopes to return to the Nets stronger than ever. He spoke with the New York media on Friday and explained how he’s retraining his body to be better at absorbing the pounding that comes with consistent attacking of the basket, as well as why he’s been rehabbing in Vancouver. The New York Post‘s Brian Lewis has the story:
“I’m not going to change the bread and butter of who I am which is downhill, attacking, dynamic playmaking. I’ll always be that player,” Lin said before the Nets lost to the Lakers 102-99 at Barclays Center on Friday night. “What we’ll see is probably a similar style, but in a safer way. I’ll still be in the paint heavy, but I won’t be landing on my legs the same way, getting off-balance unless obviously I’m forced to. But the landing, taking contact, being able to engage certain muscles before contact, before I take off, all those things are really important.
“It’s not just the plays that make you go ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ and ‘ouch’ that hurts. It’s more everyday movement, like if I’m moving inefficiently or if I’m putting extra load on my right knee throughout the course of the game. … That’s going to be a big area of improvement. A lot of other muscles will be absorbing impact that joints shouldn’t be.”
Much of that work is being done at Fortius Sport & Health in Burnaby, British Columbia, near Vancouver. Lin is working with personal trainer and Fortius Institute co-founder Rick Celebrini, who came to prominence for his work with now-retired NBA star Steve Nash.
While Nets general manager Sean Marks — who also knows Celebrini — has said the team is in lockstep with the decision for Lin to work at Fortius, it raises a question: Why rehab 3,000 miles away?