NBA news: Jonathan Isaac’s injury status has been updated, and the Magic forward will miss the rest of the season.
Jonathan Isaac, who has a ruptured ACL, will not play for the Orlando Magic this season. The team said on Tuesday. They’re hoping he’ll be back in time for the start of the 2022-23 season when he’ll have been gone for more than two years.
“Our first and foremost focus will always be the welfare of our athletes,” Magic president Jeff Weltman said.
“We must keep in mind that Jonathan has been out for about two years. While he continues to strengthen and condition all elements of his body on a daily basis. We believe we have reached a position where it is prudent to declare that he will not play this season.”
Isaac has experienced ailments throughout his career. But his knee issues began in early 2020 when he was stretchered off the field on New Year’s Day with the Washington Wizards after suffering a sprain and bone bruise.
He was anticipated to miss the rest of the season. But owing to the COVID-19 pandemic’s shutdown, he was ready to resume his career in the Orlando bubble.
NBA news: Magic forward extending absence to over two years
His return to combat, however, was short-lived. His knee snapped as he drove to the hoop in only his second game back against the Sacramento Kings, and he collapsed with a ruptured ACL and meniscal tear. He hasn’t played since the game on August 8, 2020.
While Isaac’s absence from last season’s limited schedule as the NBA attempted to return to a normal schedule was understandable. There was broad anticipation that he would be able to play this season. He began on-court practice in July, so it appeared to be only a matter of time. But as the months passed, the Magic remained tight-lipped on Isaac’s development.
“I realize how irritating this is for our supporters,” Weltman said. “but Jonathan has worked exceptionally hard and is anxious to return to game action. Which is why we must continue to manage his rehabilitation with the larger picture in mind.”
“I’ve been putting in a lot of effort and everyone has been working really hard to bring me to a point where we’re getting closer and closer. And we’ve sort of ran out of time with where we are right now,” Isaac adds. I’m just excited for the summer.
“Watching the guys play every night, being on the court, working out every day just to prepare and get myself there has been difficult,” Isaac said. “It’s been quite a ride.” “All I want to do is get out on the court and play with my guys.”
The good news is that Isaac did not experience any difficulties throughout this procedure. Instead, according to Weltman, the Magic are “recalibrating” Isaac’s schedule based on his prior injury history. And it’s evident they still trust in him after giving him a four-year, $80 million deal in September.