Jeremy Lin Injury: Why Losing Lin Isn't Bad News for New York Knicks

Peter EmerickSenior Writer IIMarch 31, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 16:  Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks dribbles the ball against the Indiana Pacers during their game at Madison Square Garden on March 16, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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In a shocking turn of events, Jeremy Lin is actually human.

ESPN is reporting that Lin will miss six weeks of the NBA season, as he's expected to have surgery in the next few days to repair slight tear to his meniscus in his left knee.

Missing six weeks means that Lin will be out for the remainder of the 2011-12 season, even if the Knicks end up making the playoffs.

While hearing that Lin, who's been at the foundation of the Knicks' success over the past month or two, is going to miss the rest of the season might be disheartening for Knicks' fans, it's not as bad as it might seem.

Sure, it means the end to Linsanity for this season, but Lin's injury won't impact the trajectory of the rest of the Knicks' season as much as one might think.


The Knicks Have Depth at the Point with Iman Shumpert

 Iman Shumpert, Baron Davis and Mike Bibby are all capable of running the point for the Knicks and while they won't be able to produce at the level Lin was able to, that doesn't necessarily mean that the Knicks are worse off.

Shumpert, who's been earning time beside Lin at the shooting guard spot, will be able to step in for Lin with ease, bringing a physicality and tenacity to the point guard position that the Knicks lacked with Lin at the point.

Davis and Bibby will earn more minutes coming off the bench for Shumpert at the point. Although they aren't the most productive and efficient options, as long as both players are able to get the ball to Carmelo Anthony, they'll be doing what the Knicks need them to do.

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 29:  Iman Shumpert #21 of the New York Knicks and Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks celebrate during the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Madison Square Garden on February 29, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USE
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Expect Shumpert to step up in Lin's absence, reminding New York fans of why they were so excited about drafting him this past summer.


Jeremy Lin's Injury Gives the Knicks Something To Rally Around

This might sound silly, but it's evident that the Knicks play better and more consistent basketball when they are rallying around some sort of cause.

That first became evident when the Knicks—without Amare and 'Melo—rallied around the concept and hype of Linsanity. Most recently it happened when the Knicks looked like a completely different team after Mike D'Antoni was fired.

I don't know why, but the Knicks need something to rally around and with Lin's injury they will be trying even harder to make the 2012 playoffs to honor Lin's efforts this season.

While the Knicks will certainly miss Lin's leadership and confident presence on the court, they will benefit from having a new ideal to rally the rest of their season around.


Mike Woodson Knows How To Make Injury-Depleted Rosters Work

If there's one thing that we've learned so far about Mike Woodson in his time with the Knicks, it's that he's more than capable of making well-educated roster rotations that benefit the overall structure of the team.

The Knicks have won eight of their last 10 games since Woodson took over as head coach and they didn't win those games because of luck or happenstance.

The Knicks have won eight of their last 10 because their leader, Woodson, understands the game of basketball and he knows how to make adjustments to the roster to help them win games.

The point is that with Mike Woodson running the show in the Big Apple, losing Lin isn't all that bad, as he will be able to figure out the best eight-man rotation the Knicks have on their depth chart.

While most Knicks fans will miss Jeremy Lin's humility and the confidence that exists in the gritty way he plays the game, it's not at all time to panic in New York.

The Knicks still have Carmelo Anthony, Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith, Landry Fields and Tyson Chandler to name a few. Those players, with the guidance of Mike Woodson, will help the Knicks stay relevant in the Eastern Conference, even without Linsanity.