Whether you loved him or felt like he was more of a media creation than legitimate NBA star, Jeremy Lin left an undeniable mark on basketball this year. Unfortunately, thanks to a small chronic meniscal tear in his left knee, Lin won’t get the opportunity to finish his tremendous first season in New York on a high note.
In order to repair the damage in his knee, Lin will undergo arthroscopic surgery this week and then spend approximately six weeks on rehab. Seeing as there is about a month left in the regular season, the odds of fans seeing him again this year are slim.
Here is the somber press conference announcing Lin’s status:
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With Lin gone, the Knicks now obviously need a new selfless, coachable, pass-first point guard. Someone who could come in and effortlessly fill the void left behind by one of the NBA’s true “good guys.” Realizing this, the New York Post contacted Chinese basketball champion Stephon Marbury and asked what he would say if his old team asked him back.
His response: “NOTHING.’’
Having your entire roster turn on the head coach at the midseason mark? Bad. Losing your hugely successful, beloved point guard? Worse. Getting spurned by a guy with a star on the side of his head? The lowest point in New York Knicks history.
(Kudos to Larry Brown Sports for the find)