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Jonathan Isaac jersey sales were skyrocketing prior to injury

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.

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 torn ACL in left knee

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 leaves game in wheelchair after non-contact knee injury

Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac left Sunday’s game against the Sacramento Kings with a non-contact injury to his left knee.

Isaac was driving to the basket in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game when his left knee appeared to buckle on him and he fell to the court. He was ultimately taken off the court in a wheelchair.

This is the same knee that Isaac injured in January that was expected to keep him out for the rest of the season. Thanks to the delay, he was cleared to return, though the Magic had said they planned to be very cautious with the young forward.

The 22-year-old is averaging 12.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per game, having earned a reputation as a defensive stopper.

Magic’s Jonathan Isaac explains why he did not kneel with teammates for anthem

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.

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.

Jonathan Isaac cleared to play in Magic scrimmage

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.

Magic’s Jonathan Isaac unsure if he will play in Orlando as he recovers from knee injury

Jonathan Isaac

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.

He told Justin Warmoth on “The Weekly on ClickOrlando.com” that he has not decided yet if he will play.

“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.

Magic’s Jonathan Isaac says he could return from injury when play resumes

The Orlando Magic will already get a boost from the NBA hosting the restart of play in their city, and they could ultimately be getting another one too.

Appearing this week on “The Full 48” podcast with Howard Beck, Magic big man Jonathan Isaac spoke on the planned resumption of the season in Orlando as well as his chances of returning for it.

“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.

Magic’s Jonathan Isaac sprained his ankle during uniform-unveiling event

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.

Rolling an ankle at a uniform-unveiling event has to be a first, but it’s not the first time that a current Magic player has gotten hurt in a weird way.

Magic rookie invited teammates to his first sermon but none showed up

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.

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.

Magic F Jonathan Isaac was so nervous to make NBA debut he forgot to put on jersey

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.

We’ve seen some similar mishaps in baseball before, but in any case, at least Isaac now has a heck of a story to tell about his professional debut.

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