Opening tip: Lin's dilemma

May, 8, 2012
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Every weekday throughout the season, ESPNNewYork.com will tackle a burning question about the Knicks in our "Opening Tip" segment.

Today's Burning Question: If you're Jeremy Lin, what would you do about Game 5?


Lin's facing a tough decision: play on Wednesday night on a knee that is less than 100 percent and risk re-injury to help your ailing team -- or play it safe and sit out?

There are a few factors at play here: Lin will be a restricted free-agent next season and would be putting his future earnings at risk if he plays.

He can re-injure the knee or, as we've seen with Baron Davis and Iman Shumpert, do something far worse with one wrong step.

If Lin doesn't play, some may perceive him as a guy who isn't there for his team when it needs him most.

It's a very difficult situation, one without an easy answer.

If I'm Lin, I wouldn't play if I wasn't 100 percent confident that my knee could handle it. If I was healthy enough to give the team 10-15 minutes and I received the blessing of the Knicks' medical staff, I'd give it a go.

If you were in Lin's shoes, what would you do? How would you handle it?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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