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.”
Nets’ Caris LeVert Could Return to Action by All-Star Break
LeVert is closing in on a return to five-on-five practices, and the team is optimistic he will be ready to hit the court again soon.
LeVert suffered a dislocated foot back in November and has been out of action since.
Nets Sign Mitch Creek To 10-Day Contract
The Brooklyn Nets have signed Austrailian forward Mitch Creek to a 10-day contract, officially promoting him from their G League affiliate.
Creek earned an All-NBL Second Team nod for his performance last season, when he averaged 14.8 PPG, 6.0 RPG, and 2.5 APG in 31 games for the 36ers.
This season, while playing for the Long Island Nets, Creek is posting 14.4 PPG, 5.4 RPG, and 2.2 APG.
Nets to Re-Sign Alan Williams
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Williams has decided to remain in the United States following complications that popped up during hit contract negotiations with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association.
Williams was having quite the season in the G League,
averaging 21.0 points per game and a league-leading 14.7 rebounds per contest.
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