HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — A torn meniscus has done what just about no one else could, put an end to Linsanity for at least the next six weeks.
The New York Knicks announced this evening, via Twitter, that their prized point guard Jeremy Lin would miss at least the next six weeks after an MRI revealed a “small chronic meniscus tear” in his left knee that will require a surgical procedure to repair the problem. In 35 games this season, Lin is averaging 14.6 points and 6.1 assists, sparking a global craze when he burst onto the scene last month.
The Knicks have endured a coaching change, from Mike D’Antoni to Mike Woodson, and are also dealing with injury issues to Amar’e Stoudemire, Jared Jeffries and now Lin, who had surgery
“It’s obviously been a very emotional year,” Lin said to reporters before the Knicks-Cavaliers game at Madison Square Garden. “”I want to be out there helping the team. It’s a six-week rehab process but I heal quickly so we’ll see. When I come back I’ll be stronger than I ever was and a better player.”
The Knicks were in a funk before Linsanity began. But they’ve gone 8-2 since Woodson replaced D’Antoni, mixing and matching lineups as they’ve dealt with all of their injury issues.
Rookie Iman Shumpert and veterans Baron Davis, another one of the Knicks’ injury casualties at different times this season, and Mike Bibby will all be pressed into service at point guard in Lin’s absence. And speaking of, if the Knicks don’t make the playoffs then we could very well have seen the last of Lin this season with just three weeks left in the regular season.
Stay tuned for more details after Lin finishes addressing the assembled media in New York …