Jeremy Lin and Caris LeVert aren’t taking their rehabs easy.
The two Nets guards have missed extended time with lower-body injuries in the 2016 calendar year, with Lin out the previous 16 games with a hamstring injury and LeVert making his NBA debut in a 116-111 win over Denver on Wednesday night after last playing Feb. 13 for Michigan.
Lin won’t be back when the Nets (6-15) face the Spurs in San Antonio on Saturday night, but he was a full participant in Friday’s practice for the first time since suffering the injury.
And what did the two guards do for more than 15 minutes after practice Friday? Stayed for some one-on-one action.
“You have to put in more work than anyone else because you’ve been out for so long,” said LeVert, who was drafted No. 20 last June and is back from three surgeries on his left foot. “So it’s something I’m used to now.”
LeVert and coach Kenny Atkinson said they thought Lin looked good at practice. Atkinson added that there’s no timetable on Lin’s return, as the team is still taking it day by day and leaning on the medical team and performance staff’s advice, but having Lin running on the court was positive for the entire team.
“Just his presence is huge for us,” Atkinson said. “His presence in the locker room, and you have more sway if you’re playing. He’s been great without playing, very supportive of the guys, but it’s just different when you’re out there sweating with the guys.”
Lin looked sharp at practice, hitting his shots, driving to the basket and moving the ball.
For LeVert, the opportunity to get additional work with a six-year NBA veteran is a welcome bonus.
“We’re doing sort of the same things with rehab and conditioning and stuff,” he said, “so it’s always good to go through that type of stuff with another person.”
Dinwiddie reports. It was a long 24-hour period for Spencer Dinwiddie. After seeing the flurry of missed calls from his agent after practice Thursday, he quickly realized his home was about to change. Less than five hours later, he was on a flight to Brooklyn and has been running around ever since, completing medical exams and making it to practice.
“I’m going to sleep good tonight for sure,” he joked.
Dinwiddie is a 6-6 guard who was taken by the Pistons in the second round of the 2014 draft. He spent two seasons with them, averaging 4.4 points, 2.7 assists and 1.4 rebounds in 13.3 minutes per game. He averaged 19.4 points, 8.1 assists and 3.7 rebounds in 37.4 minutes through nine games this season with the Bulls’ D-League affiliate, the Windy City Bulls.
“I think I’m going to bring length defensively at the point guard spot,” Dinwiddie said.
He’s excited about whatever his role will be with the Nets. “Just a versatile playmaker,’’ he said. “A guy who’s going to go out there and do whatever it takes to help the team win.”