NBA Rumors: Latest Buzz Around Jeremy Lin's Health Heading Toward Postseason

Ethan NorofCorrespondent IApril 10, 2012

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There had been some hope that Jeremy Lin would be able to return for the first round of the NBA playoffs for the New York Knicks.

However, that is not shaping up to be the case.

Lin revealed to Ian Begley of ESPN New York that the prospects of him returning in time for the beginning of the postseason are not good.

"I think unless something goes really well, I wouldn't get there," Lin said.

Despite the fact that Lin has been riding a stationary bike as he continues rehabbing, he's still yet to begin running and he does not want to rush his return to the court.

"I want to get to 100 percent and then come back, hopefully see what I can do. By then it'll be a different team identity, chemistry, so it gets tricky, too," the breakout point guard added.

It's not a huge surprise that Lin's knee fell victim to the lockout-shortened season, as he went from barely ever seeing the floor to averaging 34 minutes per game in a starting role.

Since Lin was injured, the Knicks have gone 5-2 with impressive wins over Chicago, Indiana and two over Orlando.

Does that mean that New York is a better team without Lin on the floor? Absolutely not.

However, Lin's absence has allowed Carmelo Anthony to operate with the ball in his hands more frequently, and there is no doubting 'Melo has picked up the slack since the point guard has been out.

Lin will certainly work hard to return as soon as he can, but barring something unexpected, it does not appear that he'll be a factor in the first round of the playoffs.

With the Knicks on a nice little roll and the team coming together at the right time, there is no way New York will do anything to rush Lin back and jeopardize his long-term health.

Should the team advance past the first round, it's entirely possible that we'll be able to see Lin back on the court.

For now, we'll have to continue to wait for Linsanity to hit the hardwood again.