Orlando Magic star, Jonathan Isaac left the game versus the Sacramento Kings on a wheelchair after suffering a bad knee injury on Sunday. The incident occurred in the final quarter and he fell to the ground holding his left knee. Magic fear that Isaac may have suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and could be out for a lengthy duration.
The game was his second game back on court after suffering an injury in January.
“I’m hopeful. It didn’t look good, it looked bad, obviously. Until you hear anything, I am just hopeful. That’s all,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said after the game.
His fellow teammates were in disbelief with Aaron Gordon reduced to tears. He is expected to undergo surgery on his knee and could be out of action for up to a year.
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His injury could rule him out of the entire 2020-21 season as well and could end up becoming a free agent if he fails to extend his current contract with Orlando Magic. Isaac has been one of the upcoming stars in the game averaging 12.2 points per game and improving his defensive game drastically.
Jonathan Isaac and BLM
Jonathan Isaac came into the spotlight on Friday, for refusing to kneel or wear a Black Lives Matter t-shirt before the start of Magic’s first game. Isaac was seen as the only basketballer standing whilst his teammates took the knee before the game in their home city.
“I believe that Black Lives Matter. A lot went into my decision, and part of it is, I thought that kneeling or wearing the Black Lives Matter t-shirt doesn’t go hand-in-hand with supporting Black lives,
“So I felt like, just me personally, what is that I believe is taking on a stance that, I do believe that Black lives matter, but I just felt like it was a decision that I had to make, and I didn’t feel like putting that shirt on and kneeling went hand in hand with supporting Black lives,
“I believe that for myself, my life has been supported by the gospel, Jesus Christ, and everyone is made in the image of God and that we all forge through God’s glory. For me, Black lives are supported through the Gospel, all lives are supported through the Gospel”, he added.
With Isaac refusing to take the knee and suffering a knee injury two days later, a lot of fans went to Twitter to point the irony out of the incident, calling it “karmically connected”. While some fans decided to take a satirical approach, most fans wished him good health and are hoping for a speedy recovery.
Jonathan Isaac, only 22 years old, has a long career ahead of him and we hope that he is back on a basketball court as soon as possible.