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Jeremy Lin injury: Lakers G out for rest of season

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LOS ANGELES —  It could be the last of Jeremy Lin in a Los Angeles Lakers’ uniform as head coach Byron Scott on Sunday declared him out for the rest of the season due to persistent knee soreness.

Lin had originally missed last Wednesday’s game against the Denver Nuggets because of the soreness in his knee. An MRI later revealed an abnormality in the meniscus, which is something that remained an issue since he had underwent surgery on his knee in 2012.

He was also forced to sit out Friday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, and was limited in Saturday’s practice as he was only able to participate in drills.

With Lin out of the lineup for the last three games of the year, expect Los Angeles to once again turn to Jabari Brown, who is averaging 9.9 points in 16 games played with the team, to start the final three games. It will also likely mean that the Lakers will sign Dwight Buycks through the final two games of the season.

Although they did differ on the idea of how the point guard position is played, Scott did see steady improvement from Lin throughout the season.

“I think he has obviously gotten better,” Scott said. “I think he first got here his mind of what a point guard is was totally different than mine. As we go along we started to understand what I wanted from him from a day-to-day basis. I thought the progression was much better, and obviously we’re not happy about the way it ended because I thought he made big times strides for us.”

What Scott appreciated about Lin was that his willingness to take criticism in stride.

“One thing about him is that the kid takes criticism,” Scott said. “You can jump on his about things, takes them with a grain of salt, and tries to get better. That’s one thing that I do love about him. He doesn’t pout and he doesn’t cry. He just tries to implement the things you give him, and try to become a better basketball player.”

At the same token, Scott also saw much growth mentally as the season wore despite his personal struggles on the court.

“I thought he got a lot better mentally as the season went along,” Scott said. “A lot of that comes with understanding what the coach wants. At the end of the day I saw a big time growth from Day 1 to the present day. I thought he got better as a basketball player.

If it is indeed it for Lin in a Lakers’ uniform it has a frustrating lone season with the team as he averaged 11.2 points and 4.6 assists in 74 games played. He had lost the starting point guard job after 19 games due to what Scott deemed as inconsistent play on both ends of the court from the fifth-year guard.

Despite that, he was able to pick up his level of play following the All-Star break he averaged 13.6 points and 4.6 assists per game.This includes 15 double digit point outputs with three 20-plus point performances, and 13 games with at least five assists. He had his performance of the season scoring a season-high 29 points on 10-of-16 shooting in the Lakers 101-87 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on March 22.

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Bob Garcia IV

Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He's also currently a sports freelance writer for Sports Uncut. He's also the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarcia90.
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