July 14, 2020, 9:07 amJonathan IsaacPF, Orlando Magic
Once thought to be out for the season because of a serious knee injury, Jonathan Isaac said it feels surreal to be competing again and given something of a chance at returning because of the four-month layoff in the NBA season.
Isaac, whom the Magic consider to be one of their cornerstone pieces for the future, continues to make progress toward a potential return for the NBA’s restarted season. He is one of just two players in the NBA to be in the league’s top-15 in both blocked shots (2.44) and steals (1.56), but the Magic will proceed cautiously with a talent such as him and they will only allow him to return if he is fully cleared by the team’s medical staff. His body has responded well to the process of trying to return fully, but like any sort of rehabilitation process, Isaac said he’s had his good days and bad days. Regardless, he is pleased with where he stands now some 17 days prior to the NBA season restarting, while a possible return could do wonders for a Magic squad hoping to pass the injury-and-illness-ravaged Brooklyn Nets in the standings for the No. 7 seed.