You won’t get much of a Jeremy Lin update from the Nets, but the team’s injury-nagged point guard said he hopes to be back in action in the coming weeks, according to a Chinese-language interview posted on YouTube.
Lin, who spoke to CCTV NBA Prime Time in a partially subtitled segment posted on the site, said if it were up to him, he’d already be back from the hamstring injury that has kept him out since Dec. 26. Lin has played only 12 games this season because of hamstring injuries.
“I think the recovery is faster than last time,” said Lin, who was out from Nov. 2 to Dec. 10. “It’s hard to judge. I hope to be back to playing in a couple weeks, but I’m not sure.”
Lin said he feels healthy enough to play, but Nets doctors believe otherwise. Coach Kenny Atkinson said that was just Lin being “like every player” and added that the Nets “listen to our performance team.”
“That’s Jeremy being competitive,” he said. “That’s him wanting to be out there and help his teammates, that’s the way I look at it. We’ll continue to evaluate. To me, he’s progressing nicely. No update now, basically.”
Pelicans’ Gentry high on Diallo
Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said Cheick Diallo, who played for Our Savior New American in Centereach, is going through typical rookie growing pains and that he’s confident that Diallo will find his groove. Diallo, who was recalled Thursday night from the Long Island Nets under the NBA’s flexible assignment system, is “a guy that just needs experience,” Gentry said. “I think he’s a better player right now than he was a month ago or a week ago . . . He didn’t play at all at the University of Kansas and so this is just a learning process for him. It’s going to take a little time, but I like who he is and I really like what he can become.”
Diallo, originally from Mali, entered Thursday night’s game averaging 6.5 points and 4.3 rebounds in six games.
McCullough gets record
The Nets recalled Chris McCullough from the D-League after he scored a Long Island Nets-record 37 points Thursday afternoon.