Jonathan Isaac suffered a torn ACL on Sunday night and will be out for the remainder of the season, and the injury came at a time when the Orlando Magic star was gaining tremendous popularity.
Isaac’s jersey sales have skyrocketed recently, with only LeBron James having a hotter-selling jersey. The increase in sales was likely a response to Isaac refusing to kneel during the national anthem recently.
Jonathan Isaac’s jersey sales have skyrocketed after he stood for the National Anthem.
Isaac, 22, was the only Magic player who had been standing for the national anthem. He provided a lengthy explanation for the decision following Friday night’s game against the Brooklyn Nets.
Isaac is averaging 12.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per game this season. He was expected to be out for the season after injuring his left knee in January. However, the extended time off due to the NBA’s shutdown in March allowed Isaac to be cleared to play. Unfortunately, Isaac injured his knee even worse now and will face a lengthy rehab.
Jonathan Isaac has suffered a torn ACL in his left knee.
Isaac left Sunday’s Orlando Magic-Sacramento Kings game on a non-contact play. The Magic big man was driving to the basket and jumped in the lane, then went down after hurting his knee.
Isaac left in a wheelchair and went for an MRI. The Magic later announced that the big man suffered a torn ACL.
Isaac, 22, was expected to be out for the season after injuring his left knee in January. However, the extended time off due to the NBA’s shutdown in March allowed Isaac to be cleared to play. Unfortunately, he injured his knee even worse now and will face a lengthy rehab.
Isaac was averaging 12.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per game this season.
Jonathan Isaac was the lone player to stand for the national anthem during Friday’s Orlando Magic-Brooklyn Nets game, and now he is explaining why.
The Magic big man remained standing for the playing of the anthem before the game while the rest of his teammates took a knee around him. Isaac was also not wearing the “Black Lives Matter” T-shirt that the other players were wearing, instead going with his regular Magic game jersey.
Magic F Jonathan Issac was the only player to stand and not wear a Black Lives Matter shirt during the national anthem. pic.twitter.com/bCRXeHJ9yf
After the game, the 22-year-old explained his decision not to take a knee.
“Absolutely I believe that Black Lives Matter,” said Isaac. “A lot went into my decision … Kneeling or wearing a ‘Black Lives Matter’ T-shirt don’t go hand-in-hand with supporting black lives.
“I believe that my life has been supported through the Gospel, Jesus Christ,” added Isaac. “Everyone is made in the image of God … I think when you look around, racism isn’t the only thing that plagues our society, that plagues our nation, that plagues our world. And I feel like coming together on that message that we want to get past not only racism but everything that plagues us as a society. I feel like the answer to it is the Gospel.”
The former No. 6 overall pick Isaac has emerged as a key contributor for the Magic, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. Friday’s game, in which he put up 16 points and six rebounds in a 128-118 win for Orlando, marked Isaac’s first time back in action since suffering a knee injury in January.
Isaac has been open about his Christian faith and even became an ordained minister during the NBA shutdown. He once tried to get his teammates to attend a sermon that he gave but was not quite successful in doing so.
The Orlando Magic appear to be about to get a big boost for the NBA restart.
As first reported by Josh Robbins of The Athletic, forward Jonathan Isaac has been cleared to play Monday during the team’s final NBA restart scrimmage after rehabbing his knee injury. President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman said that the Magic will be cautious with Isaac and plan to put him on a strict minutes limit.
“Jonathan has been working extremely hard with our performance staff for a long time, and he has been in overdrive since we got back into our practice facility in mid-May,” Weltman said. “But it’s been a very long time since he’s played. As always, we will take a very cautious approach, and his playing time will be placed under a very limited minute restriction as he gets reacclimated to the NBA game.”
As of last month, Isaac was hopeful but unsure if he’d be able to make it back. It now sounds like he will, at least on a limited basis. The 22-year-old defensive standout had been averaging 12 points and 6.9 rebounds per game this season, but hadn’t played since Jan. 1 due to a knee injury that was thought to be season-ending.
Jonathan Isaac is still unsure if he will be available for the resumed season in Orlando next month.
Isaac suffered a knee injury in January that was thought to be season-ending. However, the season was suspended in March and will not restart until July, which has given Isaac a chance to recover and possibly return.
“As of right now, I’m going to the bubble,” Isaac told Warmoth. “Will I be able to play? I can’t put my finger on it now. I’m going to continue to work every single day like I’m going for it, so hopefully, that crosses paths the right way and is able to happen.”
Earlier this month, Isaac said he was rehabbing and trying hard to get back in time to contribute. The 22-year-old forward was having the best season of his career, averaging 12.0 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.6 steals, and 2.4 blocks per game, prior to his injury.
Orlando enters the resumed season eighth in the East with a 30-35 record.
“I love it, I love the idea of having it in Orlando,” said Isaac. “We’re right here, and it will kind of be like a little homecourt for us, and our families don’t to travel that far. So that’s fun, that’s great.
“For me when it comes to having the season resume, my thing is just I’m thinking of the timing,” Isaac went on. “So I’m rehabbing every day, trying to get back, I’m just saying in my mind, ‘Look I’ll take it day by day.’ And if this thing, it just comes by at the right time with me being ready to go, I’m excited. I might get a chance to come back and play.”
Isaac, 22, was having the best season of his career, averaging 12.0 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.6 steals, and 2.4 blocks per game. But he suffered a severe sprain and bone bruise in his left knee during a game in January and was expected to miss the rest of the season, such that the Magic applied for a Disabled Player Exception for him.
With play now expected to resume on July 31, Isaac would be roughly seven months removed from his injury at that point. The Magic, who were the No. 8 seed in the East when the season was suspended, may have a very interesting competition structure ahead of them. But the potential return of Isaac, an already-elite defensive player, would obviously be a big plus for them.
Orlando Magic big man Jonathan Isaac is missing Friday’s game due to a rather bizarre reason.
Isaac, who was held out of the team’s contest against the San Antonio Spurs with a sprained ankle, suffered the injury during the team’s City Edition uniform-unveiling event, per Josh Robbins of The Athletic.
The 22-year-old Isaac, an ex-No. 6 overall pick, has had a strong start to the year with 12.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, and a near-NBA-best 2.8 blocks per game.
Magic rookie Jonathan Isaac gave a sermon on Sunday, although a few people he invited were not there to see it.
Isaac is a proud Christian who stepped out of his comfort zone this past weekend to preach at church. He was a guest at JUMP Ministries Global Church in Orlando, where he delivered a sermon and had a laugh at the expense of his teammates. Isaac joked that he invited his teammates to come, but none showed up.
You can hear that portion of Isaac’s sermon and more below.
Isaac later took to his Twitter account to describe the experience and thank those who encouraged him.
I took a huge step of faith and literally preached at church!! I give God all the glory for leading me sooo far outside my comfort zone and for giving me a word that ministered to the congregation!! Be blessed everyone @jumpministrieshttps://t.co/hLwiIvglm9
Thank you all so much for the love and encouragement! The whole Time I was preparing to speak I was only thinking about how scary it would be..Completely missing the big picture of how me walking in faith could inspire people all around!! I will remember that! Be blessed
On the basketball court, Isaac, the No. 6 overall pick in last year’s draft, is averaging 5.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, and one block per game in 15 games. And even if his teammates didn’t show up this time, perhaps they’ll make it up to him in the future.
Jonathan Isaac may have had some slight butterflies prior to making his NBA debut on Wednesday against the Miami Heat.
In a video shared to Twitter by Orlando Magic teammate Bismack Biyombo on Friday, the rookie forward sat on the bench for the team’s season opener having forgotten to wear a jersey underneath his warmups. He quickly ran to the locker room to put one on upon realizing his mistake.
The 20-year-old Isaac, who was picked No. 6 overall in this year’s draft, would eventually check in at the 3:10 mark of the first quarter. He finished with a respectable four points, eight rebounds, and two blocks in 17 minutes on the evening as the Magic picked up the 116-109 victory.