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Posted at 03:56 PM ET, 04/02/2012

Did Knicks conceal Jeremy Lin’s injury to sell playoff tickets?


Linsanity is on hold in New York, with Jeremy Lin expected to miss six weeks after having knee surgery. (Drew Hallowell / Getty Images)

Jeremy Lin will have surgery to repair torn meniscus in his left knee next week, which means that, in all probability, Linsanity is over for the season in New York.

This has been building for a while, as Lin sought multiple opinions on the injury and sought to keep playing. As he did, the clock conveniently — and conspiratorially, according to the New York Daily News — kept ticking toward the deadline for purchasing playoff tickets.

“The Knicks were eventually going to get around to revealing the troubling results of Jeremy Lin’s MRI but certainly not before last Wednesday,” Frank Isola writes. “ ... That was a crucial day inside the club’s executive offices at Two Penn Plaza because March 28 represented the deadline for season-ticket holders to purchase all four rounds of the playoffs. ... In fact, in the email sent to subscribers, there is a picture of Lin leaping in celebration. Yet, it was two days before the deadline when Lin and the Knicks’ medical staff learned that the second-year point guard/cash cow was suffering from a torn meniscus in his left knee and that he wouldn’t be jumping for joy anytime soon.”

No, he won’t. Lin is averaging 14.1 points and 6.1 assists and led the Knicks on a feel-good, headline-grabbing run that began the day before the Super Bowl and put fans back in Madison Square Garden’s seats. They went from a sub-.500 team in February to a team that, with 13 games left, leads Milwaukee by 2 1/2 games for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. With a deep playoff run or quick healing, Lin might be able to play again this season, but either scenario seems unlikely. He will be a restricted free agent after the season and although Isola writes that he’s “all but assured” of returning to New York, that’s small consolation right now.

“I think New York, the way the city, the fans, the writers, media, everybody, it's been an unbelievable journey,” Lin said. “I would love to keep this team together as long as we can, everybody, top to bottom. We're growing as a team, we're finding an identity and we're getting better. We have so much potential, we have so much talent and I think it's a process in terms of reaching our potential.”

Just think of the tickets the team could sell.

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