Taipei, April 29 (CNA) NBA player Jeremy Lin's one-on-one practice with the New York Knicks' assistant coach in Miami on Saturday is good news for his team, which has lost its first playoff game, according to sports website ESPN New York.
During Lin's practice with Kenny Atkinson three hours before the Knicks' game against the Miami Heat in Florida, Lin was able to cut and move laterally for the first time, signaling major progress in his rehabilitation since his recent knee surgery, ESPN said.
Lin, the first American-born NBA player of Taiwanese descent, underwent an operation to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee in early April and was expected back in the game six weeks after the surgery if the Knicks advanced to the second round of the playoffs.
However, the schedule of Lin's return is now being re-evaluated on a daily basis, according the website.
The news of Lin's recovery came as the Knicks were defeated 100-67 by the Heat, with Knicks guard Iman Shumpert out for the season due to a knee injury during the game.
"Please pray for a speedy recovery for Iman Shumpert!" Lin posted on his Facebook page, while his teammate Landry Fields made similar calls on his Twitter page.
(By Le Yu-chia and Kay Liu)