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Jeremy Lin didnt even make it through one full game this season.

He plans to return next season playing a different way so he can stay on the floor and help the Brooklyn Nets keep building.

Lin played in just 36 games in 2016-17 due to hamstring injuries and ruptured his right patella tendon in a loss at Indiana on opening night of this season. His plan to stay healthy focuses on ditching all the on-court motor skills that started Linsanity six years ago across the city with the New York Knicks in exchange for a new range of motion.

So Kevin Hogan Color Rush Jersey , like, at every level of ability to be more dynamic, Im not just looking at whether my knee will hold up. Im looking at whether I have done enough to completely change pre-existing movement patterns, Lin said Thursday, a day after the Nets finished 28-54, their third consecutive 50-loss season after three straight playoff appearances.

The Nets won seven of their last 13 games after losing 19 of 22.

The 29-year-old Lin spent a large chunk of his rehab process at Fortius Sport and Health in Vancouver, British Columbia, under his personal trainer, Rick Celebrini, who in the past worked with former NBA star Steve Nash.

Running, shooting and defending will all seem new for Lin, who signed a three-year, $36 million deal with the Nets in July 2016, and in February opted in to his $12.5 million player option.

It wont look different to the eye , or on TV any different, but it will be very different in terms of how I do it, and where I move from and what muscles Im using and what tendons and joints Im not using, Lin said.

His injury led to the development of others at point guard.

Spencer Dinwiddie became a candidate for the Most Improved Player award after averaging career highs with 12.6 points and 6.6 assists. Coach Kenny Atkinson and general manager Sean Marks also got a good look at DAngelo Russell, who took over Lins duties, but then needed knee suffer that forced him out until mid-January. Once the 22-year-old returned to the court, he showed flashes of why the Los Angeles Lakers made him the No. 2 pick of the 2015 draft before including him in the Brook Lopez deal last summer.

Add in Allen Crabbe, who struggled at times but set the franchise season-single record of 201 3-pointers made; an improved defender in second-year player Caris LeVert; a young shot-blocker in rookie Jarrett Allen; and the rising play of Rondae Hollis-Jefferson along with the veteran presence of DeMarre Carroll, Lin has a reason to feel optimistic.

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Lin was asked how he would define progress in what could be his final season in a Nets uniform.

Im a very results-oriented person, and Im a very wins-oriented person, he said. My answer would be wins. I dont love moral victories. We just need to win more games, and we need to, hopefully, win a lot.


Joe Harris averaged 10.8 points and enjoyed career-bests in field goal shooting (49.1 percent) and 3-point makes (41.9 percent). The former Cleveland guard is one of four unrestricted free agents and could become too expensive for the Nets Josh Allen Color Rush Jersey , who have about $16 million available in their cap space.

Hes already told his agent and the front office his preference to stay.

Yeah, I think any time youre comfortable playing within a system youre going to play more aggressive, youre going to play with more confidence, Harris said.

Its not to say you would go someplace else and not be able to adjust quickly, but I think being here and having a familiarity with everyone . it just makes the game easier for you and understanding where you need to be and what they expect out of you.


Russell fell out of favor in Los Angeles but his teammates in Brooklyn praised his play and work ethic.

His talent, nobody in this room or arena will question his talent. You just want him to do it consistently, Carroll said. DAngelo is probably the closest thing we have to an All-Star on our team if he did it consistently. Me, being his big brother, being a leader, I just challenge him to come in and hit it hard every day.

Sharing the backcourt with Dinwiddie over the last three months of the season, Russell played on and off the ball and averaged 15.5 points and a career-high 5.2 assists. He often mentioned his commitment to Brooklyns long-term future.

I came into this situation, played a few games and got hurt, went down and come back, Russell said. I had to earn my stripes all over again and start over. Thats kind of what it really was , the reality of it, the whole situation. I had to gain Coachs trust back and show them that I was willing to do that again.

The ink was barely dry on his contract when Ryan Donato played his first professional game.

Three days after his junior season at Harvard ended, Donato joined the Boston Bruins lineup in the middle of a playoff chase in a top-six role with a spot on the power play.

No pressure, kid.

I definitely had to learn quickly, Donato said. Every game is important, so it had to click right away. I really didnt have a choice.

Such is the task for Donato and a handful of other young prospects joining contenders in the eleventh hour of the NHL season. It has become common for teams with no postseason hopes to sign players out of school and play them late in the regular season like Vancouver did with Brock Boeser and Arizona with Clayton Keller a year ago.

This season, some top teams are taking the chance, too.

Just as the Bruins added Donato, Minnesota signed Jordan Greenway after his season at Boston University, Anaheim signed Troy Terry after the University of Denver was out of the NCAA Tournament and Nashville brought over Eeli Tolvanen from Europe after a full year in the Kontinental Hockey League young talent added for the playoffs without the teams giving up anything, though coaches must now integrate a new player late in the season.

Its tough if the kids arent good, Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. With our team right now in the midst of this race, every little defensive situation has got to be done right.

Every shift is magnified this time of year, adding to the burden of trying to learn a teams system. Donato , Greenway and Terry went right from college to the NHL, and Tolvanen had to adjust on the fly from the wider, European ice as Nashville tries to shore up home ice throughout the playoffs.

Its kind of tough to come in the middle of the season and just jump in and you dont know all the guys, Tolvanen said. You have to do it at some point, so I think its a pretty good spot that I came a couple games before the playoffs.

Tolvanen benefited from two rounds of KHL playoffs with Jokerit and carried that intensity across the pond, while Terry and Greenway got a taste of playoff action in the NCAA Tournament. Donatos season playing for his dad and former NHL forward Ted ended, and he suddenly had to ramp things up to carry a big load for Boston amid injuries to Rick Nash and others.

Donato knew he couldnt take a shift or a game off and has stepped up with seven points in his first nine games. Coach Bruce Cassidy wasnt worried about getting the soon-to-be 22-year-old up to speed as much as seeing if Donato could handle the size, speed and pace of the NHL.

Most of these kids that come in are offensive-minded guys, so are they going to be able to make their plays and handle a mans game? Cassidy said. And hes shown hes able to do that.

Donato certainly had a body of work coming in, including leading the United States and tying for the tournament lead with five goals at the Olympics without NHL players. The other three young, late-season additions all of whom also stood out at the Olympics are being eased in.

We didnt really do anything at the trade deadline because we knew that we were going to get Jordan Greenway, Boudreau said. Hes gone through the Olympics and the world juniors all in the last year, so he knows what a little bit of pressure is all about. Playing at BU, hes always (on) one of the better teams playing in important games. We pretty well thought he could handle all this.

Nashville is betting Tolvanen can handle it Kyzir White Color Rush Jersey , too. The impressive Finnish winger set a KHL record with 36 points as an 18-year-old and looked increasingly more comfortable in his first three games for the Predators, who have their sights set on a return trip to the Stanley Cup Final.

Its important for him to see ice time before the playoffs, coach Peter Laviolette said. The playoffs are a long haul. I think we learned that last year that you need a lot of people and a lot of parts and its important to get him involved in the game, with the team, in the systems.

Predators general manager David Poile recalled making one trade too many at a previous deadline and messing with his teams chemistry.

You have to be careful on both sides because you dont want to put a young player in a position to fail, Poile said. You want to put him in a position to succeed. You also are very respectful of the players that have been with you all season long. Its also OK to have depth but you dont want to move everybodys cheese too much.

In Boston, it helps that Donato is filling a spot vacated by injuries and showing immediately he belongs. In Nashville, Tolvanens reputation preceded him for anyone who saw what he did as one of the leading scorers at the Olympics.

Its a special situation when somebody comes in this late and joins the team and under different circumstances, but its been great, starting goaltender and fellow Finn Pekka Rinne said. Certainly it adds a new, special element to our team. I think its going to be beneficial down the road.

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