revealed Saturday that Lin has a meniscal tear in his left knee, and will have arthroscopic surgery. He is expected to miss six weeks, so he will not be able to play for the rest of the regular season which ends April 26.
"If this was done very early in the year, obviously...I don't know where my career would be, would be definitely without a job, and probably fighting for a summer league spot," Lin
said. "But having said that, this happening now hurts just as much because all the players, we really put our heart and souls into the team, and into this season, and to not be there when it really matters most is hard."
According to ESPN
, Baron Davis will continue to play in Lin's place, but he is recovering from an injury himself, so he will be backed up by Mike Bibby, Toney Douglas, and rookie, Iman Shumpert.
According to ABC News
, Lin was hoping to hold off on the surgery until after the season, but elected to have the surgery now as he was in too much pain, and decided not to delay the inevitable.
"He's elected to have the surgery and we've got to respect that because only he knows the pain he's feeling. And there's a problem, so it's got to be fixed," Mike Woodson said.
"We've got to go on but he's a big piece of our puzzle and what we've been doing as of late. All is not bad. We have three veteran point guards sitting over there, but we've just go to make do until he's able to get back in uniform."
Lin's injury is the second crushing blow to hit the Knicks in the last week, The New York Times
reports. Starting power forward, Amare Stoudemire, is out with a bulging disk in his lower back, and may also miss the remainder of this season.
Lin will be a restricted free agent next summer. According to National Basketball Association rules, no team is permitted to offer more than about $5 million, which is the average salary for players. The Knicks will have the right to match any offer for Lin, but the Harvard alum says he hopes to stay in New York.
"it's been an unbelievable journey," he said. "I would love to keep this team together as long as we can, everybody, top to bottom."