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Lin gains more recovery time as team eliminated from playoffs

2012/05/10 19:08:05

Taipei, May 9 (CNA) NBA player Jeremy Lin said Wednesday his surgically repaired left knee just didn't feel right when he painfully tried taking off on it and planting it during practices, according to a New York Daily News report.

Lin has been making steady progress in his recovery from knee surgery but said he still hopes to have more time to make sure that his knee is 100 percent before trying to do speed and agility tests.

"When I worked out, I was probably going 80, 85 percent," he said, referring to an April 28 workout. "I just figured in a week, I might be 100. But there was nothing to set it back. It's just, I think to get from 85 percent to 100 percent takes more time than I may have thought."

Lin, the first American-born NBA player of Taiwanese descent, said "anytime you can't be on the court with your teammates, it's frustrating and having to watch for the last five, six weeks has been a tough process."

The Knicks' point guard sensation underwent an operation to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee in early April and has missed the entire playoff series as the Knicks were defeated 106-94 by the Miami Heat on Wednesday night and eliminated from NBA playoffs.

"They said I need to be able to just trust the knee and right now there's some tightness and soreness and I need to get that out obviously before I can be 100 percent," Lin said.

"That's what we're doing, a lot of manual stuff, get everything out, all the stuff that doesn't need to be there…just trying to make it pain-free," he added.

(By Le Yu-chia and Hanna Liu)