A huge blow for the New York Knicks, after finding out that Amar’e Stoudemire will be out for at least four weeks with a bulging disc on his back, the Knicks’ starting point guard, Jeremy Lin is diagnosed with a chronic meniscus tear that requires surgery which will keep him out for at least six weeks.
Six weeks would mean Lin is out for the rest of the regular season as the Knicks tries to solidify their spot for the post-season. Even if the Knicks reaches the post season, Lin would not be available at least late in the first round, if the Knicks make it that far (speculated match-up against the top-seeed Chicago Bulls).
Still, Lin was fortunate that somehow, it occurred later in the season when he finally landed a spot in New York rather than when he was still bouncing around the D-League.
“If this was done very early in the year, obviously … I don’t know where my career would be. I could be, would be definitely without a job and probably fighting for a summer league spot,”
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“But having said that, this happening now hurts just as much, because all the players, we really put our heart and souls into the team and into season, and to not be there when it really matters most is hard.”
The injury came in pretty quickly after their huge win against the Detroit Pistons. While initial assessment was a minor, day-to-day injury, it progressed to something more serious. Lin expressed the following statement today before the Knicks’ match-up against the Cleveland Cavaliers:
“I can’t really do much. Can’t really cut or jump, so it’s pretty clear that I won’t be able to help the team unless I get this fixed right now,” Lin
“It’s disappointing for me, it’s hard to watch the games and I think I’d want to be out there obviously more than anything right now. But hopefully, it’s a six-week rehab process but I tend to heal fast, so hopefully I can come back as soon as possible and still contribute this season hopefully.”
Fortunately, the injury is still pretty minor by NBA knee-ailment standards and Lin should recover without any hiccups after the surgery is performed. Stay tuned for more updates.