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Jeremy Lin joins Knicks' practice for first time after surgery

2012/04/26 23:27:22

New York, April 25 (CNA) New York Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin began practice with the team Wednesday for the first time since receiving a knee surgery early this month.

Lin was seen doing some light jogging, conditioning drills and slower-paced basketball moves, but it remains uncertain whether he would return to the court if the Knicks go deep in the NBA playoffs.

According to an ESPN report, Lin's basketball moves looked sharp, but he moved very gingerly and methodically, and was hadly getting off the ground.

The Knicks beat Los Angeles Clippers 99-93 Wednesday at Madison Square Garden to keep hold of seventh spot in the Eastern Conference. The team will meet the second seed Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs.

Lin sat on the bench and cheered for the team during the match with Clippers. He would not receive any interview after the game.

Coach Mike Woodson said prior to the match that Lin was starting to "smell the gym a little bit more now, which is great."

"I asked him yesterday how he felt after getting out running a little bit, andhe said felt pretty good," Woodson said.

As to when the point guard will return to the court, Woodson hinted that the best-case scenario is Lin returning for the semifinals, which has been the likely timetable since his operation on April 2. The recovery timetable was considered six weeks.

"I'd like to think if we're able to get out of this first round, he should be ready for the second round I would think," he said.

(By Leaf Chiang and Sofia Wu)