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Jeremy Lin out six weeks with knee surgery for meniscus tear

Mar 31, 2012, 6:24 PM EDT

New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin and Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony looks on against the Atlanta Hawks in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York Reuters

The Knicks have just announced Jeremy Lin is out six weeks after tests found a torn meniscus in his right knee, per the New York Times.

This season cannot get weirder or more emotionally volatile for the Knicks. They start off pretty well, then fall of a cliff. Then Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire go down, and Lin emerges, and they go on a winning streak. Amar’e returns and they’re playing well. Then Carmelo Anthony returns and the team falls apart again. So naturally the Knicks’ reaction is to fire Mike D’Antoni, because that makes sense. Then the Knicks turn to Mike Woodson, a great coach in his own right who got a raw deal in Atlanta, and he puts them on a winning streak again. Then Stoudemire goes down with a back injury and is considering surgery, may be out into the playoffs, and now Lin goes down.

This is some sort of “Breaks of the Game” kind of stuff right here.

There’s also an injury situation with Anthony, as the groin injury he’s missed time with is bothering him again. Oh, and Tyson Chanlder is playing through problems as well.

So basically, everyone on the Knicks is hurt except Steve Novak.

The good news is that Baron Davis, coming back from a bulging disc earlier this season, is averaging 5 points, 5 assists and 3 turnovers per game for the Knicks. So they’ve got that going for them.

Carmelo Anthony, by all accounts, wanted Mike D’Antoni out so he could be the man in isolation. Without their star power forward or star point guard, he’s going to get his wish. It’s time to see exactly what Melo can give us when the chips are down for the Knicks. This has been where Anthony has played his best in the past. Can it translate to wins, though?

Lin, for his part, is thankful the injury didn’t happen earlier, since, you know, his career might have been over. From the AP:

“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,” Lin said. “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.”

  1. TheSportologist - Mar 31, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    That sucks for Linsanity tough break for the kid. The knicks are in trouble with this, I see an early exit as an 8th seed if they make the playoffs at all.

  2. cakemixa - Mar 31, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    Sucks about the Linjury. Hopefully his liniscus can fully recover

    • chuckj1234 - Apr 1, 2012 at 10:53 PM

      Thats with an M.

  3. aheezybaby - Mar 31, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    i wonder if he’ll win mvp? xo(

  4. gmsingh - Mar 31, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    At least the Knicks now have an excuse for not making it to the Finals.

  5. fstapleford - Mar 31, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Jeepers creepers, what about linsanity ?!

  6. eugenesaxe - Mar 31, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    Linbred, Lincompetent, Linsipid, Linfuriating. And now that he’s Linactive, maybe you can all work the silly Linanity out of your systems.

  7. gmsalpha - Apr 1, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    Cast and sling makers should be salivating at the opportunity to sign this guy. People would be starting fights in the hopes that they’ll get beat up and have to go to the hospital, just so they can be put in a Jeremy Lin-endorsed cast.

  8. vikingsinla - Apr 1, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    Come on, six weeks? Where are Tebow’s healing hands for a fellow Christian New Yorker?!?

  9. mlbbal52 - Apr 1, 2012 at 2:46 AM

    In other news the Knicks will have six less turnovers a game

  10. omniusprime - Apr 1, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    Who cares? Only the most Lin-ept fans would care what happens to the most Lin-ept player in the NBA. Oh yeah that would be Knicks fans who cheer for anything since they have so little to cheer about. Earl the Pearl Monroe could still outplay Lin-ept. I’d say that Lin-ept better start looking for a job using his Economics degree since his NBA career is almost over or maybe he could get into the China League.

  11. massivedick - Apr 1, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    ny fans deserve this. just melo now he can play HIS game. pass to melo, clear the side.

  12. drewzducks - Apr 1, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Too soon for the “Looks like they found another chink in his armor ” jokes?

  13. phx1311 - Apr 1, 2012 at 11:03 PM


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