In Orlando they have not yet offered a specific date for the return of Jonathan Isaac. The player himself has pointed out in a recent interview collected by the Orlando Sentinel that he is closer to signing his reappearance but cannot be sure when he will do it or if he will be available to start the new course.
The Magic forward was diagnosed with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament and left meniscus after falling injured in the Orlando bubble in August 2020. Later, he would miss the entire 2020-21 season, which already represents a total of thirteen months. without playing an official match.
“We’ll see. That’s all I can say about it ”, said Isaac a month and a half after starting the course. “Am [entrenando] on the court. I’m taking my protection off. I can jump and finish around the basket. I’m coming.”
Injuries have wreaked havoc throughout his brief NBA career. After being chosen in the sixth position of the 2017 draft, he has only been able to participate in 136 of the 309 games of regular season possible, which means missing two campaigns in full. However, in these meetings he has been able to show his potential, mainly in the defensive field, although without the regularity necessary to add on both sides of the court. “I feel good. My knee is fine. I’m moving forward, I’m getting stronger and I’m dealing with it day by day, ”added Isaac.
Already in his previous public appearance, dated at the end of last July, Isaac showed his optimism with his long recovery process. In it, he assured that he had no doubts about his condition and fully trusted that he would overcome this particular ordeal with injuries. “The most enjoyable part of this process is just growing up, maintaining a positive attitude, right after suffering a setback. I give God all the glory for that. It has kept me exactly where I need to be. To be able to see myself progress slowly every day, improving and recovering. It is the most satisfying part: knowing that I am coming back. It’s just a matter of time, “he said then.
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