New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin was forced out of New York's rout of the Detroit Pistons on Saturday, March 24 because of soreness in his left knee. He underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in early April and is working his way back.
Update: Wednesday, May 9, 10:45 a.m. ET by Alex Kay
According to Marc Berman of The New York Post, Lin wasn't too far off from returning to the Knicks for their Round 1 playoff series.
It's good to see he is taking caution and not risking further injury or putting the team in a position to lose because he is not truly 100 percent healthy.
If the Knicks pull off a miracle and somehow advance past the Miami Heat in seven games, it seems possible that the young PG could return to the floor.
Update: Tuesday, May 8, 12:55 p.m. ET by Alex Kay
The New York Knicks are not going to have sensational point guard Jeremy Lin available for Game 5 tomorrow against the Miami Heat. They won't even have him back if they force a Game 7.
Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reported that coach Mike Woodson said Lin will be out tomorrow because he is not medically cleared.
Al Iannazzone of New York Newsday then found that the PG is out for the entire series and the coach confirmed it.
Knicks fans will have to continue to hope Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony can defy the odds against the Heat. Jeremy Lin and Linsanity (part 2) will not be walking through that door in this series.
UPDATE: Monday, May 7, 11:30 a.m. ET by Donald Wood
With the Knicks pulling out a late win over the Miami Heat in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series, New York has avoided another sweep. Unfortunately, the good news stops there as it appears the return of star point guard Jeremy Lin will not happen for Game 5.
MSG Network's Knicks studio analyst Alan Hahn is reporting about Lin’s status on Twitter:
While forcing a Game 5 is great news for the Knicks, they barely squeezed out the win. As much as getting Jeremy Lin back into the lineup would have been great, the Knicks ship is sinking. Miami will steal Game 5 and finish New York off.
Update: Sunday, May 6 at 8:46 p.m. ET
The Knicks are in desperate need of point guard help. Baron Davis went down with an injury in their Game 4 win, and that will likely leave them with just Mike Bibby at the point. That is, unless Jeremy Lin can come back.
Following Game 4, Knicks coach Mike Woodson wasn't sure if Lin would be ready. Here is Woodson as quoted by CBS' Royce Young:
"Don't know. I really can't answer that. I'll be back in the gym tomorrow and talk to doctors and see where they are physically and we'll make some decisions."
Jeremy Lin appears to be a little more optimistic. Hoopsworld's Alex Kennedy tweeted:
I expect Jeremy Lin to return for Game 5. His camp is optimistic that he'll be able to play in Miami.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) May 6, 2012
These playoffs may get Linsane after all.
Update: Thursday, May 3 at 12:30 p.m. ET by Alex Kay
Lin was able to participate in a contact practice yesterday, but Marc Berman of the New York Post is reporting that the sensational point guard does not feel he will be ready for Game 4 on Sunday. There is no chance he will play in Game 3 tonight.
The Knicks will likely have to win at least one of their next two games in order for Lin to see the floor again this season.
Update: Wednesday, May 2 at 1:40 p.m. ET by Donald Wood
With Amar’e Stoudemire’s status uncertain for the rest of the playoffs, the Knicks are looking for any spark they can find. New York is hoping that the return of a healthy Jeremy Lin could do the trick.
Knicks beat writer for New York Newsday Al Iannazzone is reporting about Jeremy Lin in practice and what he is able to do:
Lin playing 3 on 3 full court right now.— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) May 2, 2012
They are not playing intense, but Lin is running up and down and cutting.— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) May 2, 2012
Woodson said he hasn't decided Game 3 starting lineup yet.— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) May 2, 2012
While Lin’s status is still uncertain, the fact that he is playing full court and cutting is a great step. If the Knicks can avoid going down 3-0 to the Heat, they may be able to buy Lin enough time to get back in the lineup.
Update: Tuesday, May 1 at 11:30 a.m. ET
With the New York Knicks down 2-0 in their first-round series with the Miami Heat and forward Amar'e Stoudemire ailing thanks to a self-inflicted hand injury, the Knicks desperately need a spark.
Unfortunately, it doesn't look like that spark will be coming in the form of Jeremy Lin any time soon.
According to Ian Begley of ESPN New York, Lin went through drills and shot around with his teammates before the Knicks' Game 2 loss, but he has yet to be cleared for contact. He did do some cutting and lateral movement on Saturday for the first time since getting surgery to repair a partially torn meniscus.
It remains to be seen when Lin might be able to return, but with the way New York is playing, it may be too late by the time he is fully healed.
Update: Sunday, April 29 at 1:45 p.m. ET
According to CBS' Ken Berger, there is a good chance that we will not see Jeremy Lin even if the Knicks can't manage to win a game—which, after the first game of the series, seems like a strong possibility.
Lin is a no-go for Games 2 and 3, but didn't rule out Game 4 a week from today. "We just don't know how it's going to respond," he said.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) April 29, 2012
Update: Sunday, April 29 at 11:25 p.m. ET
The first round may get Linsane after all. With Iman Shumpert on the shelf for the playoffs following his Game 1 knee injury and Baron Davis dealing with his nagging back injuries, the recovery timetable for Lin has been pushed into turbo.
Marc Berman of the New York Post reported that Lin did some cutting and one-on-one drills before Game 1, and if there are no setbacks or new aches and pains in the next few days, he will have the chance to return to this series if the Knicks can "extend the series."
Update: Wednesday, April 25 at 2:50 p.m. ET by Donald Wood
After knee surgery, the slow process of rehabbing the injury for New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin is taking longer than many expected. While the star is at the team’s practice, there are reports that he is still shaky on the injured leg.
Associated Press NBA writer Brian Mahoney is reporting on Twitter about how Lin looks in shoot around:
Jeremy Lin shooting around. Moving awfully slowly side to side.— Brian Mahoney (@briancmahoney) April 25, 2012
The original diagnosis was for the star to miss the first round of the NBA playoffs, but that was dismissed as simply too long. As it stands now, that’s the best-case scenario for the Knicks.
Update: Tuesday, April 24 at 11:25 a.m. ET
Jeremy Lin is much further away from returning than previously thought, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.
People familiar with the situation said he's at least weeks away and definitely will miss Round 1. Because Lin had a lateral meniscus tear in his knee, it takes much longer to rehab than if it was a medial tear, according to a person with knowledge of Lin's situation.
Berman went on to remind us that Lin wanted to get healthy before his initial six-week timetable was up, but that will not be happening due to setbacks.
Update: Monday, April 23 at 11:10 a.m. ET
Jeremy Lin (knee) continues his rehab, albeit at a slower pace than most Knicks fans would want. Lin took to Twitter last night to announce that he jogged for the first time since his surgery.
Great team win in ATL. And i jogged slowly (but not as slow as @stevenovak20) for the first time since surgery..its been a great day so far!— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) April 22, 2012
Update: Sunday, April 15 at 2:45 p.m. ET
Jeremy Lin's recovery from a meniscus tear in his left knee is coming along slowly, and the point guard hasn't begun jogging yet.
Jeremy Lin said last Sunday that he hoped to begin jogging at some point soon, hopefully in the next seven days.
That hasn't happened, according to Mike Woodson.
'Not to my knowledge he hasn't,' Woodson before tip-off of Knicks-Heat. 'I think he's still on the bike and probably doing pool work, probably. But no jogging as far as a I know.'
Unless the Knicks advance to the second round of the playoffs or beyond, it remains unlikely Lin will play again this season. It's an anti-climactic way to finish a wild ride of a season for Lin.
Update: Sunday, April 8 at 12:09 p.m. ET
Should the Knicks hang on to the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference, it doesn't seem like they can count on Jeremy Lin playing in the first round, according to Newsday's Al Iannazzone.
Jeremy Lin said he probably won't play in the first round if knicks make it. May need at least second round.— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) April 8, 2012
Update: Saturday, April 7 at 11:15 a.m. ET by Donald Wood
While the Knicks struggle to get into the playoffs, they will face the reminder of the regular season without point guard Jeremy Lin in the lineup after undergoing knee surgery.
Marc Berman is reporting to the New York Post about the team’s timetable for the star's return to the lineup and Lin’s own timetable:
Lin is aiming to return for the first round of the playoffs, but his official diagnosis has him targeted for the second.
The team believes he will be back in the second round of the playoffs if New York makes it, but Lin believes he can come back sooner. This is a classic case of the player thinking he can come back sooner than the trainers will allow him.
Lin is better off sitting out and extending his career instead of trying to play hero.
Update: Saturday, March 31 at 6:25 p.m. ET by Michael Dixon
Linsanity is going to take a break for a while, as Alan Hahn of MSG is reporting that Lin is undergoing surgery.
Unless the Knicks make a nice run in the playoffs, six weeks is the remainder of the season.
Update: Friday, March 30 at 12:20 p.m. ET by Alex Kay
Knicks fans that were hoping for Linsanity to resume soon will have to wait just a bit longer, according to Al Iannazzone of New York Newsday.
New York plays on Tuesday, April 3 against the Pacers at 7:00 p.m. ET and Thursday, April 5 against the Magic at the same time.
Hopefully Lin will be suited up and ready to go by next Thursday at the latest.
Update: Friday, March 30 at 11:00 a.m. ET by Alex Kay
The game tips off at 7:30 p.m. ET tonight at Phillips Arena in Atlanta, and Lin will be in street clothes instead of his game uniform.
It's clear that his knee is still bothering him, but the Knickerbockers have managed to win two straight games without the blossoming star.
New York will try and push its luck and win a third without Lin and Amar'e Stoudemire in the starting lineup as they rest and attempt to get healed up in time for the postseason.
Update: Thursday, March 29 at 12:55 p.m. ET
With the Knicks having an off day today, Lin's status for Friday's game isn't 100 percent clear yet. According to Al Iannazzone of New York Newsday, the Knicks will know more after Lin takes part in Friday's shoot around.
Jeremy Lin is questionable again for tomorrow's game. We'll know more after the Knicks shoot around in Atlanta tomorrow morning.— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) March 29, 2012
The Knicks keep winning without all of their star players on the court at the same time, so the dynamic will surely change when Lin—and in a few weeks, Amar'e Stoudemire—work their way back.
Lin's presence is going to change the way in which the offense is run, though that could be a bad thing given how well it has been playing. Who knows? He may be asked to do less upon returning.
Update: Wednesday, March 28 at 10:30 a.m. ET by Alex Kay
Jeremy Lin has been ruled out tonight with a sore knee, according to Al Iannazzone of New York Newsday.
This leaves the Knicks extremely vulnerable against the Orlando Magic, as Amar'e Stoudemire is also out, and Carmelo Anthony is dealing with a re-aggravated groin.
The Knickerbockers have been managing to play decent basketball without Jeremy and STAT on the floor, but they will be tested tonight against a good Magic team.
Stay tuned here throughout the week for the latest news, updates, opinions and analysis on Jeremy Lin's knee injury.
Update: Wednesday, March 28 at 7:40 p.m. ET
In a good news/bad news situation for the Knicks, Carmelo Anthony is expected to play tonight against the Orlando Magic, and Jeremy Lin will likely ride the pine while he recovers from his knee injury, according to a report from Peter Botte of the New York Daily News.
Here is Lin's quote from the report:
It’s day-to-day, so we’ll see how it goes, but it feels better than (Monday). The guys have been working all season so they’ll be ready. We’ve had guys missing before and have been OK. That’s the beauty of depth and we have some...
The Knicks haven't had any problems without Lin in the lineup, so there should be no rush to get him back.
As long as they have him healthy when the playoff push begins, the Knicks will be more than capable of staying in the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference without Lin right now.
Update: Tuesday, March 27 at 3:15 p.m. ET by Alex Kay
Howard Beck of The New York Times is reporting that the Knicks are listing Lin and 'Melo as questionable for Wednesday night's matchup with the Orlando Magic.
It's clear that Lin's nagging knee is still bothering him, and it's possible he will spend more time on the bench healing up. He already missed Monday night's clash with the Milwaukee Bucks because of it.
Stay tuned here throughout the day and into Wednesday for the latest updates on Lin and his status for the 7:00 p.m. contest tomorrow night.
Update: Monday, March 26 at 6:43 p.m. ET
Jeremy Lin's balky knee will force him to miss tonight's big game against the Milwaukee Bucks, according to MSG's Alan Hahn.
Update: Monday, March 26 at 4:28 p.m. ET
Jeremy Lin is a game-time decision for the Knicks' clash with the Milwaukee Bucks, according to SI.com's staff:
Update: Monday, March 26 at 12:12 p.m. ET by Eric Bowman
Currently in eighth place in the Eastern Conference, the New York Knicks can't afford to be losing any players to injury, especially ones that are strong contributors.
Fortunately for New York, Jeremy Lin is doing well and is on the court shooting, according to Knicks studio analyst Alan Hahn.
Lin and Amar'e said on Saturday that they'd be good to go. Not like either are doubtful. Lin in shoot-around. Amar'e getting treatment.— Alan Hahn (@alanhahn) March 26, 2012
This is good news for the Knicks as they get ready to battle the Milwaukee Bucks, the team in ninth place and a game-and-a-half back from New York.
As is usually the case, any time a player goes out with some kind of knee injury, we all overreact and plan for the worst, but thankfully, that's not going to have to happen with Lin, according to Jake Appleman of The New York Times:
Jeremy Lin also left the game with an injury in the third quarter. He had a sore left knee and returned to the bench. He was available but was not needed with the outcome in hand. Lin said his knee was “good to go,” and said the team was taking a precaution because of 'overuse.'
Will The Knicks Make The Playoffs?
This is great news for Knicks fans, especially since the team is in the middle of a very heated chase for the last few playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.
If the playoffs were to start today, the Knicks would have barely made it as the No. 8 team, two games behind the aging Boston Celtics and a game-and-a-half in front of the Milwaukee Bucks. With just over a month left in the regular season, every game from here on out is going to become vital for this team.
Having everybody healthy and ready to go down the stretch is going to be the key for a team that has been inconsistent at best this season. The more the Knicks can play together and build momentum, the better they will be when the playoffs come.
Lin will be an integral part of any playoff success the Knicks have, so his health is crucial.
For now, it's time to let go of any overreactions and breathe a sigh of relief, Knicks fans.
Lin's going to be just fine.