Jeremy Lin's miraculous breakthrough season has seemingly come to an end, after an MRI revealed a chronic meniscus tear in his knee. The Knicks point guard noticed soreness during last Saturday's game against Detroit, and was unable to play out the entire game. Lin took part in Monday's shootaround and believed the pain would be manageable, but turned out to be too much to bear for the 23-year-old. Once the swelling went down, he again tested his knee on Friday and Saturday but decided the best option would be to have surgery to repair it. He's expected to miss at least six weeks which will effectively rule him out of the rest of the season, unless the Knicks manage to advance through to the later stages of the playoffs. Lin spoke to a packed pregame press conference:
"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. 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."Lin's meteoric rise from unknown to overnight sensation has been the fairytale story of the year. After receiving his first start against New Jersey on Feb. 4, a run of spectacular individual performances sparked the Knicks on a seven-game winning streak, and gave rise to the phenomenon dubbed 'Linsanity'. Baron Davis will take over point guard duties for New York, who are also missing Amare Stoudamire for four weeks with a back injury.