UPDATE (11:50 a.m. ET): Turns out Jeremy Lin’s injury was as bad as it looked.
Lin has a ruptured patella tendon and is expected to miss the 2017-18 season, the Brooklyn Nets announced Thursday.
ORIGINAL STORY: The NBA season just started, but it hasn’t been kind to the players so far.
Opening Night kicked off Tuesday with Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward dislocating his ankle and fracturing his tibia in a terrifying scene just five minutes into his debut against the Cleveland Cavaliers. And on Wednesday, Jeremy Lin potentially suffered a similar fate.
The Brooklyn Nets point guard attempted a layup in the fourth quarter against the Indiana Pacers when big men Thaddeus Young and Myles Turner came in to block him. Turner ended up drawing a goaltending call, but Lin still came down hard with little room to move and landed awkwardly on his right leg.
Lin stayed on the ground holding his knee and and appeared to say, “I’m done,” before bursting into tears.
It’s tough to watch people realize their livelihood is in jeopardy, especially so early in the season. Lin will be evaluated further Thursday, but the Nets reportedly are expecting bad news.
Hopefully, the NBA can get through Thursday without any more serious injuries.
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