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Jeremy Lin begins jogging in post-surgery rehab

2012/04/23 18:15:59

New York, April 22 (CNA) New York Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin has begun jogging in his post-knee surgery rehabilitation, according to an update on his Twitter account.

Lin, the first American-born NBA player of Taiwanese descent, provided the update after the Knicks edged the Hawks 113-112 in Atlanta Sunday afternoon.

"Great team win in ATL," Lin tweeted, adding that he jogged slowly earlier the same day for the first time since having surgery to repair a torn meniscus on April 2.

"And I jogged slowly (but not as slow as @stevenovak20) for the first time since surgery," Lin wrote, joking about his teammate Steve Novak.

The 23-year-old Harvard graduate said two weeks ago that he hoped to be able to start jogging by April 22, so he appears to be on schedule for a return to the court six weeks after surgery.

The Knicks, which moved half a game ahead of Philadephia 76ers for the seventh place in the NBA's Eastern Conference after its Sunday road win, have gone 10-5 in Lin's absence.

The playoff-bound team would need to advance to the second round in order for Lin to come back under Lin's rehab timetable. Sports pundits said a telling sign in Lin's recovery will be when he begins to cut laterally and jump.

Lin, who made the "Time 100" list of the 100 most influential people in the world for 2012, has been invited to attend a gala to be hosted by Time Magazine at Lincoln Center on April 24 in honor of all listed figures.

Global pop diva Rihanna will perform at the gala, which will also feature a keynote speech by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Those who make up the 2012 list include breakouts, pioneers, moguls, leaders and icons who "inspire us, entertain us, challenge us and change our world," according to the weekly.

(By Leaf Chiang and Sofia Wu)