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Why Twitter reaction to Jonathan Isaac's injury disgusts Kayte Hunter

Why Twitter reaction to Jonathan Isaac's injury disgusts Kayte Hunter

Injuries are part of every professional sport, but on occasion, internet trolls go on the attack when a player hits the floor.

During the Orlando Magic's drubbing of the Sacramento Kings on Sunday, 22-year-old forward Jonathan Isaac cut to the basket. When he went to jump stop, his left knee gave way and Isaac had to be taken from the court in a wheel chair.

While the Magic have yet to release the results from his MRI, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Sunday night, citing a source, that Isaac suffered a torn left ACL.

Isaac is one of the few players in the NBA bubble that has made the decision to not take a knee during the national anthem or wear a Black Lives Matter shirt. He explained his decision on Saturday.

"I believe that Black Lives Matter," Isaac told media members. "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 gospel, Jesus Christ, and everyone is made in the image of God and that we all forge through God's glory. "

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When Issac went down with the knee injury against the Kings, the comments on social media by fans were horrible.

Following the game, NBC Sports California analyst and former WNBA player Kayte Hunter had some words for those who celebrated Isaac's misfortune.

"I got a lot of tweets from people saying this was karma," Hunter said from Golden 1 Center. "That is just a really nasty way. That is not what sports is about. I implore you all to have some decency. That is disgusting to me and I hope to God that Jonathan Isaac can recover quickly and this isn't as serious as it looked." 

Isaac, who had missed the previous 31 games for the Magic with a sprained left knee, was already wearing a heavy brace on the leg. The talented 6-foot-11 small forward was the No. 6 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, just one pick after the Kings' De'Aaron Fox.

Harry Giles, the No. 20 pick in that same draft, went through two major knee injuries as a prep athlete and could be seen talking to Isaac while he was being attended to.

"I've been there, I was just telling him to stay up, stay positive," Giles said. "I just hate to see it. It's hard to get my thoughts together. I don't really like speaking about it much. It's just unfortunate, he's been working."

Giles added that it "hurts his spirit talking about it sometimes." He knows first-hand what the road ahead is for Isaac and it isn't easy physically or mentally.

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"I know all about it, my prayers are with him," Giles added.

Bullying on social media is a huge issue globally and it only seems to be getting worse, even for professional athletes. Thoughts and prayers go out to Isaac as he embarks a what will be a long rehabilitation process.

What Marvin Bagley injury means for Kings during, beyond NBA restart

What Marvin Bagley injury means for Kings during, beyond NBA restart

His talent is tantalizing. His injury history is growing by the day.

These two ingredients don’t usually mix well.

Kings big man Marvin Bagley did everything right during the NBA’s shutdown. Bagley worked hard with his dad and two brothers. He gained 10 pounds of muscle. The 21-year-old had a workout partner to battle in the post and clearly got stronger knowing that he was likely to play center moving forward.

In the short term, none of that matters now. A bad step in practice Sunday cost Bagley the remainder of the 2019-20 season, however long that will last for Sacramento.

Bagley goes back to square one. He eventually will be cleared to restart basketball-related activities, but it will be well after the season ends. Hopefully, he will be able to continue his workouts with a focus on his upper body and core.

The reality for the Kings is that Bagley’s season ended Jan. 20, when he reinjured his other foot while playing 38 minutes in a loss to the Miami Heat. He played in just 13 games in what now is a completely lost season for the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Before the league shut down on March 11, the Kings did not intend to play Bagley another minute down the stretch. He was close to being cleared, but he was going to watch from the sidelines with 18 games remaining on the schedule and the team in the middle of a playoff chase.

With time to heal, the Kings were willing to take a “wait and see approach” to Bagley during the restart. Once Alex Len and Harrison Barnes tested positive for the coronavirus, a door was cracked open. When Richaun Holmes got sent to his room for 10 days, Bagley became one of the few options at center, along with Harry Giles.

Holmes came back to practice Tuesday and should be ready to log minutes by the end of the week. Len is further behind after testing positive for the coronavirus for 24 consecutive days, but it’s possible his workouts can be ramped up before the Kings open their eight-game schedule against the San Antonio Spurs on July 31.

Barnes still is in Sacramento awaiting clearance from the league, but the Kings are holding a roster spot open in anticipation of his arrival in the Orlando bubble in the near future.

Giles has earned a spot in the restart with his strong play in training camp. Nemanja Bjelica also has solidified his job as the starting power forward. Veterans Kent Bazemore and Corey Brewer are ready for action as well at both forward positions.

Finding a spot for Bagley was going to be difficult even with a short-handed squad. It’s not about talent or projecting out a career at this point in the season. It’s about experience and what is best for the team in an abbreviated sprint to the finish line.

Could Bagley have earned a few minutes here and there? Maybe, but Walton would have had the difficult task of putting him in perfect situations to succeed and then hoping for the best.

The Kings’ lineup survived without Bagley for 51 games this season. In fact, they were just 2-11 when he played.

There is no question that the Kings still consider Bagley the future at either the four or the five. But at this point, he is more than a year behind in development and his inability to stay on the floor has to make general manager Vlade Divac nervous.

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This is a disappointing end to the season for a promising young player, but it isn’t the end of the world. Bagley won’t need surgery and, he reportedly is expected to be out of a boot in a couple of weeks.

Is it bad luck? Is it something more? We don’t know, but Bagley has a few months to get his body 100 percent and try again next season with considerably lower expectations.

Marvin Bagley seen in walking boot, using crutches at Kings practice

Marvin Bagley seen in walking boot, using crutches at Kings practice

The mystery of Marvin Bagley’s foot injury continues.

The 21-year-old big man was seen in a walking boot and on crutches by media members on the NBA’s Orlando campus on Monday. On Tuesday, the rumors were confirmed when he was captured walking away from the Kings’ early morning practice.

It’s not the Zapruder film, but it’s clear from the image that Bagley is in some sort of brace on his right leg and he is using a crutch to leave the court.

During the morning media session, coach Luke Walton was asked about the MRI results and why there isn’t an update yet on Bagley.

"The films have been sent out, we're waiting to kinda get some more information back from that," Walton said.

When pressed on the matter, Walton said that "being in the bubble is always a little different, so I don't know how the whole protocols work, we've got a lot going on. I trust in the process that's happening. When I get the information, I'll share it with you guys."

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Marvin Bagley’s inability to stay on the court is an issue. The promising young big man took another step backward when he landed on a teammate's foot while going up for an offensive rebound in the Kings’ practice Sunday.

Speculating on the nature of the injury won’t help the matter, but the news of another lower leg injury is less than stellar for the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

During the league’s four-month hiatus, Bagley worked hard at home with family and came into Kings camp in great shape and 10 pounds heavier. Bagley has drawn praise from Walton during the build-up to the restart and he’s had plenty of reps as one of the few healthy bigs on the roster.

Bagley has played a total of 13 games this season for Sacramento and the injury bug has become a major obstacle in his development.

He broke his thumb in the season opener and missed 22 games. When he returned, he lasted just eight games before a left mid-foot sprain shut him down. The foot injury cost Bagley 29 of the final 33 games of the season, and there was no set date for a return when the season was shut down on March 11.

We’ll have more information when the MRI results finally become available, but with just 10 days before a season restart and a tight eight-game schedule, the prospect of a return is getting dimmer by the moment.