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Nets’ Jeremy Lin Says Kenyon Martin ‘extremely apologetic’ For Dreadlocks Comments

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Brooklyn Nets point guard Jeremy Lin recently had a conversation with former NBA player Kenyon Martin about comments Martin made about Lin wearing dreadlocks.

Martin suggested last week that Lin shouldn’t wear dreadlocks because he is Asian American and went on the following rant.

“Do I need to remind this damn boy that his last name Lin?” Martin said in the video posted on TMZ.

“Like, come on, man. Let’s stop this, man, with these people, man. There is no way possible that he would have made it on one of our teams with that bulls— goin’ on on his head. Come on, man.

Somebody need to tell him, like, ‘All right, bro, we get it. You wanna be black.’ Like, we get it. But the last name is Lin.”

Lin discussed his conversation with Martin about his comments.

“It was a great conversation. I think things were blown out of proportion, taken a little out of context as well” Lin told the media.

But me and him had a discussion where he was extremely courteous.

Like, I’m actually impressed with how he handled everything. I’m thankful for the conversation we had, and I’m also sorry for some of the things he and his son kind of had to deal with in the aftermath.”

Lin eluded to the backlash Martin received on social media, which included some racial epithets.

“I’m just processing everything that’s happened and kind of felt he was dehumanized to some degree,” Lin said.

“I wish it didn’t happen like that, but we’re beyond that, and hopefully I don’t have to speak about this incident or my hair anymore.”

Martin admitted last week that he had a poor choice of words and that the comments were made in a joking manner.

“Wasn’t really saying it to him. I just made a blanket statement, which I probably should’ve reached out to him,” Martin said.

“But the man has dreadlocks, and I thought it was hilarious. Nothing more, nothing less than I thought it was hilarious. I made a statement … wording probably was bad that I used, saying that he was trying to be black. Wasn’t my intention to be racist or anything like that.

“It was meant to be a joke that got out of control. That’s all,” Martin admitted.

“If I ruffled Jeremy Lin’s feathers or if I made him feel [that] way, I apologize, brother … I’m a grown man, and I can admit when I’m wrong.

When things get out of control, I can admit when I was wrong, and my wording was bad.”

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Nets’ Kenny Atkinson Discusses Caris LeVert’s Injury

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One of the unfortunate headlines to come out of the NBA on Tuesday night was the brutal injury sustained by Brooklyn Nets top scorer Caris LeVert, who suffered a gruesome right leg injury with 0.3 seconds remaining in the first half after trying to contain a Josh Okogie drive during their game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

LeVert had to be stretchered off the court, and the injury left many players and fans covering their faces and emotional as they watched him receive medical attention on the court.

“He’s the heart and soul of our program,” Atkinson said, according to Greg Logan of Newsday. “Really tough blow. I feel for him. He’s had a fantastic start to the season. He’s obviously made a huge jump. I just know Caris — if anybody’s coming back from this, knowing the human, the character, the person, the player, he’ll come back from this. Tough, tough blow for the Nets.”

“Our only thoughts are with him. Nothing else matters. The game doesn’t matter tonight. That’s it.”

Teammates such as Nets’ point guard DeAngelo Russell also commented on the injury.

“I saw right away what it was and tried to erase it from memory as soon as I could, but it doesn’t work like that,” Russell said. “It’s something that hurts. It’s hard to speak about.

“You don’t want to see anybody get hurt, but for us to see our brother go down that we practice with every day, that we’re on flights with every day, it’s devastating to the stomach. We can put up our prayers for him and step up and try to build off of it.”

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Nets’ Treveon Graham To Miss 2 Months

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The Brooklyn Nets were hoping to get forward Treveon Graham back on Wednesday, but he will miss 2 months after is was discovered that he had torn his left hamstring, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Graham suffered the injury during Friday’s game against the New York Knicks, after playing just 10 minutes of gametime.

While Graham is out, the Nets will see Rondae Hollis-Jefferson return to the court on Wednesday, as expected.

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Nets’ Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Returning Wednesday

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The Brooklyn Nets will be getting a much needed boost as they will get Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, who has been away from the team all season as he was dealing with some personal issues, back on the court on Wednesday.

Hollis-Jefferson is entering his fourth NBA season and is coming off a strong 2017-2018 campaign which saw him finish with 13.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game.

Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson is hopeful that Treveon Graham can also return on Wednesday.

“We’re going to miss him. So hoping he’ll be back ASAP, because without Rondae he’s our best, most versatile defender,” Atkinson said.”He’s all over the court. He can defend a point guard, 3, 4, even Blake Griffin. I thought he did a good job on him the other night. Our defense has been pretty good these first two games, and he’s a part of it, a big part of it.”

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