Nets: Spencer Dinwiddie teases potential return from ACL tear 

Brooklyn Nets star Spencer Dinwiddie is thriving in rehab and could be back sooner than expected after his partial ACL tear.

Following Spencer Dinwiddie’s partial ACL tear in January, the NBA didn’t expect the 28-year-old guard to return to the Brooklyn Nets‘ active roster this season. Still, Dinwiddie refused to give up and is working hard in rehab to try and make a comeback for the playoffs.

This is Dinwiddie’s second ACL injury of his career, and after undergoing surgery, he has publicly documented the stages of his rehab on his social media accounts. On Tuesday, he hinted at a possible return date, posting a series of workout videos on his Instagram with the caption, “What’s the fastest anybody ever returned to Bball?”

Typically, a torn ACL requires a 12-18 month recovery period, but Dinwiddie seems to be progressing faster than normal. He’s been rehabbing at Phenom Sports Performance in southern California and has even enlisted the help of NFL Hall-of-Famer Terrell Owens to get his career back on track.

Nets coach Steve Nash told reporters prior to Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers that Dinwiddie is “ahead of schedule” in his rehab, but he hasn’t spoken about an exact return date for the experienced point guard. In the three games Dinwiddie played from Brooklyn this season, he averaged 6.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.

With the resurgence of the once-battered New York Knicks franchise and other playoff-ready teams rising up to be formidable challengers to the Nets super-team, Brooklyn will need everyone healthy to keep competing in the postseason.