Nenad Krstic Chat
It was December 22, 2006 - Nenad Krstic's career was on the rise in his third season as a Net. The Serbian Center was averaging 16.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, and a .526 field-goal percentage.
In the third quarter of a battle against the LA Lakers, Krstic caught a pass in the lane, backed down his defender, and suddenly, his knee gave out. The seven-footer crumbled to the court ? the obvious pain showing on his face - clutching his left knee. The diagnosis was a torn anterior cruciate ligament. He underwent surgery in January 2007 and quickly began a long and arduous rehabilitation.
His work ethic pushed his progress ahead of schedule and he was back in time for training camp in October 2007. In his debut game, during the 2007 preseason, Krstic scored 11 points on 5-of-5 from the field. It brought back great memories and with it, perhaps unfair expectations of the old Krstic instantly appearing.
After that game he struggled with his conditioning and confidence, and the speed of the game. In late November the Nets felt he would be better served building up these attributes outside of games, and this has been his daily routine. He's eager to return to the court with his teammates, and start practicing again later this month.
Nenad will chat 2 pm EST on Tuesday, January 15 and he will be happy to answer all your questions, rehabilitation or otherwise.
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