Jonathan Isaac Makes NBA Return On Monday Night

John Simmons | January 23, 2023
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Finally, some good news from the NBA.

Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac is set to make his return to league play on Monday night after a nearly two-and-a-half year hiatus. Isaac had been dealing with recovery from a torn ACL he suffered in the 2020 campaign, as well as a hamstring injury that also required surgery.

The pastor at Isaac’s church made the announcement this past Sunday. 

In addition to his basketball talent, Isaac has gained national headlines for not choosing to kneel for the national anthem in the summer of 2020 (when the NBA completely sold out for the Black Lives Matter movement), and for not get vaccinated, even when the NBA required most of its league personnel to get the jab. Isaac cited his religious beliefs to not get the vaccine -- as he is a devout Christian.

Isaac had played three games with the Magic’s G-League affiliate in Lakeland, Fla., and averaged 15.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks in just 17.7 minutes per game. After such an impressive stat line, Orlando decided he was ready for the big time.

The Magic, who sit at 17-29, are hosting the Boston Celtics, who currently have the league's best record at 35-12. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.

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