Monday, April 2, 2012
Updated: April 3, 9:42 AM ET
Jeremy Lin has surgery on knee
By Ian Begley
New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin had surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee on Monday, the team announced. He is expected to be out for six weeks, likely ending his season.
An MRI last Monday revealed that Lin had a chronic, small meniscus tear in his knee. He waited several days before having surgery, hoping that he could play with the tear.
Though the swelling went down, the pain never did, and after testing the knee again Friday and Saturday, he decided to have the surgery.
Lin is expected to miss the rest of the regular season and the first round of the playoffs -- assuming the Knicks qualify.
"Praise God for a successful surgery! Now on the road to recovery! Lets gooo. Much love to all the fans for your support and kind words," Lin wrote on his Facebook page.
The surgery likely ends Lin's storybook season.
The Knicks signed the undrafted guard and former Harvard standout after he was waived by two teams in the preseason. Lin was buried on the Knicks bench for his first six weeks with the team, even spending a short stint with the Knicks' D-League affiliate. But, given a chance to play in late February, he led New York to seven straight wins and attracted worldwide attention in the process.
The Knicks will continue to turn to 32-year-old Baron Davis in place of Lin.
Davis is averaging 8.5 points, 5.5 assists and four turnovers per game as the Knicks starter.
In addition to Lin's injury, the Knicks are also dealing with injuries to Amare Stoudemire and Jared Jeffries.
Stoudemire is expected to be out 1-3 weeks with a bulging disk in his lower back. He is undergoing non-surgical treatment. Jeffries has missed six games due to a right knee injury. He is expected to test his knee by running on it this week and will get a clearer picture of when he may return then.
Davis is dealing with a sore hamstring and Tyson Chandler and Carmelo Anthony both have groin injuries. All three are expected to play Tuesday as the Knicks take on the Pacers in Indianapolis.
New York enters play Monday 2½ games ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.