NBA Playoffs 2012: Do the Knicks Have an Obligation to Play Lin?

Hayden Kim@@HayDayKimCorrespondent IIIMay 7, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 28: (C) Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks sits on the bench against the Orlando Magic at Madison Square Garden on March 28, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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The topic of Jeremy Lin's potential return has now been looming around for the last couple of weeks and it really does pose an interesting question: Should the Knicks play Jeremy Lin if he's healthy? 

For Knick fans, the answer is an easy, but intuitive answer. Bring Lin back, bring Lin back! With Baron Davis going down with a late season ending knee injury, the Knicks have a dilemma on their hands at the point guard position and the answer to their problem may not be as easy as they would like. 

Before Davis was declared out for the season, the Knicks didn't seem to have much of a reason to bring Lin back to the lineup as soon as possible. With a torn meniscus, the risks that the Knicks would have to take to bring back Lin only after a matter of months are extremely high, and with the Knicks being down 3-1 to the Heat, the situation becomes that much more complicated.  

Many of you may be shaking your heads and saying that sitting Lin would essentially be the same with giving up on the season, but really think to yourselves and think about the Knicks staff and put yourselves in their shoes.

Would you bring Lin back if there was a chance he may re-injure his already aggravated knee?  

To put it lightly, there really is no right answer here at this point and whichever direction the Knicks decide to venture with Lin, there will be repercussions. 

If the Knicks decide to sit Lin for the rest of the season and the series, there will be those who will harp on the Knicks management for giving up on the season; expressing their opinions about why playing Lin would have saved the season. 

If the Knicks decide to play Lin in these upcoming games—assuming they even make it that far—there will always be that chance of Lin getting injured again. Rehab and recovery for a couple months can only really do so much. With Lin having not played since March, there is aren't any guarantees either that he comes back with full strength and ready to go. 

In a time where there really isn't a clear cut answer to the Lin situation, I guess we'll just have to wait and see. Worst case scenario, let's just hope "Linsanity" returns in full throttle next season, which honestly isn't the worst thing that could happen.