Spencer Dinwiddie responds to news that he’s partially torn his ACL

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Nick Friar
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Spencer Dinwiddie found out on Monday he’d partially torn his ACL in his right knee during Brooklyn’s loss on Sunday. While Shams Charania of The Athletic is reporting Dinwiddie is done for the 2020-21 season — any form of ACL usually ends an athlete’s season — the Nets have not officially ruled him out for the year ahead of his surgery next week.

It appears Dinwiddie isn’t ready to call it a year either. The guard addressed the news for the first time via Instagram on Monday, during Brooklyn’s loss to the Memphis Grizzlies:

Let me walk y’all down memory lane for a second. January 12th 2014 against UW I suffered an injury. Massive amounts of pain and shock in A non contact full tear of my ACL. The MRI would later reveal a completely torn lateral meniscus, MCL and partial tearing to the medial meniscus along with bruising in my bones. Surgery took 4hrs, mostly to stitch my lateral meniscus back together. Post op prognosis, “will not play for a full year, may not ever return to the same level. Should definitely go back to school and get his degree.” I had to spend 7 weeks non weight bearing, essentially losing all muscle in my left leg. As many of you know I declared for the draft 3 months later, was fully cleared by the 7 month mark and participated in both training camp (Stan Van Gundy two a days) and pre season that year. I’ve spent the last 6.5 years making sure this would never happen to me again, being meticulous in diet, lifting and recovery from the beginning of my career. Those trials built the focus and fortitude to go from a second round pick to a g league cast off to the 20ppg leader of a playoff team, earning the respect of my peers along the way.

So now we’re here… a contact based partial ACL tear. No other structural damage, minimal swelling and cartilage in tact proving the years of work did their job and protected me. Pre op prognosis “this surgery should be very simple and straightforward. Virtually no non weight bearing period post op either. Honestly Spence, your knee looks a lot younger than most 27yr olds.”

So in summary If anything I’m excited because I’ve made a living off beating the odds. And these odds say AT WORST I’ll be more than 100% by next season.

Next question: Will I miss the road to a @brooklynnets 2021 championship?

My response: As we’ve seen before. Crazier things have happened

OddsMoney LinePoint SpreadTotal Points
Miami
+260+7.5O 234.5
Brooklyn
-334-7.5U 234.5