Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac tore his ACL Sunday night against the Sacramento Kings. With 9:19 left in the fourth quarter, Isaac stepped between two defenders and fell to the floor in pain, clutching his left knee in pain.
Jonathan Isaac Brought Back Too Soon?
This is only Isaacs second game back since he hyperextended his left knee Jan. 1 at Washington. Isaac, who missed 31 games because of the injury, ended Sunday’s game with 4 points, four assists, three rebounds, and two steals in 15 minutes.
Orlando Magic president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman remained adamant that Isaac’s previous knee injury had nothing to do with an ACL tear and that they did not bring him back too early.
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TSR STAFF: Jade Ashley @Jade_Ashley94 _____________________________________ #TSRUpdatez: #TSRSports—#Roommates we are wishing #JonathanIsaac a speedy recovery. As you all know, basketball has officially made its return after temporarily being suspended due to the spread of COVID-19. Nonetheless, NBA players made their way down to Orlando, and have been within the NBA bubble as the season has officially restarted. _____________________________________ As we previously reported, Sunday, the Orlando Magic and the Sacramento King’s faced off, but unfortunately, Jonathan Isaac suffered an injury to his knee, which caused him to leave the game in a wheelchair. _____________________________________ According to @espn, the Magic announced that Jonathan tore the ACL in his left knee. Footage from the game showed Jonathan clutching his knee as he fell to the floor with only 9:19 left in the fourth quarter. This was Jonathan's second game back after he hyperextended his left knee in January. Prior to Sunday’s game, Jonathan made headlines as he became the first player not to kneel for the national anthem or wear a Black Lives Matter T-shirt over his jersey prior to the Magic’s game against the Brooklyn Nets. Following the game, he explained why he made the decision to not kneel. When asked if he believed that Black Lives Matter, he said, “Absolutely, I believe that Black lives matter. A lot went into my decision and—read more at TheShadeRoom.com (📸: @gettyimages)—(📹: @bleacherreport/ @foxsports)
“Those of you that follow us locally know if you’re ever going to criticize us with the timing of returning our players to play, it’s at the other end of the spectrum,” Weltman said. “It’s that we’re too cautious, we wait too long, we take too careful of an approach. The approach to Jonathan’s injury was no different than any other injury we’re had in the last three years. We were very careful.”
Teammates And Record Jersey Sales
The Magic’s 132-116 win ended in an upset. “That was tough, man,” teammate Aaron Gordon said. “That one brought me to tears, and instantly — just because I know how good of a guy J.I. is and how hard he works and how hard he has worked to get back since hurting himself in D.C. That was tough.”
Isaac made headlines last week when he was the first NBA player to stand during the national anthem, and he didn’t wear a Black Lives Matter shirt during the song as well. Two days after the Orlando Magic’s game on Friday, Isaac’s jersey sales skyrocketed on the NBA’s store. Isaac’s jersey is the second-best seller on the league’s website next to Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James.