Brooklyn Nets rookie guard Isaiah Whitehead has been diagnosed with a concussion after experiencing symptoms and upon completion of a an evaluation by team personnel Wednesday.
Gorgui Dieng, in the first quarter of the Nets win over the Minnesota Timberwolves at Barclays Center Tuesday night, stepped on Whitehead’s head. Whitehead ended up leaving the game, although he did return later to finish with six points, seven assists, and only two turnovers.
Whitehead, per the NBA concussion policy, will now remain out until he is symptom free and complies with all NBA mandated return-to-play protocols.
Losing Whitehead further puts an increased strain on what’s becoming a very fragile backcourt for the Nets.
Jeremy Lin remains sidelined with a strained hamstring, the Nets just got back Randy Foye from a hamstring issue of his own.
Brooklyn also just requested waivers on guard Greivis Vasquez due to his ongoing struggles with a bad ankle, rookie guard Yogi Ferrell was signed from the team’s NBA D-League affiliate, the Long Island Nets.
Ferrell, with Whitehead out, will most likely see more minutes than originally anticipated.
It’s a tough setback for Whitehead, the Brooklyn native was looking to capitalize on more playing time while Lin is out. Concussions, however, are nothing to mess around with, the Nets and the NBA are doing the right thing in their approach with the youngster.