Mar 21, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin (17) during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Knicks defeated the Sixers 82-79. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Jeremy Lin Will Not Return From Injury To Play In Heat Vs. Knicks Series

Despite lots of speculation, Jeremy Lin will not return to the Knicks' lineup for the rest of their series against the Miami Heat.

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Jeremy Lin Injury Update: Knicks Guard Could Return Vs. Miami

Despite suffering a setback in his rehab, Jeremy Lin said he could return for the Knicks' first-round playoff series against the Heat.

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Jeremy Lin Injury Timetable Could Change Following Surgery

Jeremy Lin is scheduled to have surgery on his knee this week to repair a torn meniscus, an injury that was originally projected by the team to take him off the active roster for about six weeks. That timetable could be shortened, however, once the doctors begin surgery and find out the extent of the tear.

Lin was originally projected to have to sit out at least the remainder of the regular season, but the New York Post's Marc Berman found a doctor that says Lin might be able to return in as soon as two weeks if everything goes well during surgery.

Dr. Wellington Hsu, an orthopedic surgeon/assistant professor at Northwestern, said professional athletes could return from torn meniscus surgery in two-to-four weeks. However, because Lin's is a "chronic" tear, by definition some arthritis exists in Lin's knee, according to Dr. Hsu, who has not treated the Knicks point guard.

"If they don't see anything else wrong in surgery, just see the tear, typically you can get back in the NFL in two to four weeks and I've seen NBA players get back within that period," Hsu told The Post. "That's assuming there are no surprises."

There's no telling how optimistic Dr. Hsu is being, but it'd definitely benefit the Knicks if Lin is able to return sooner than anticipated as New York tries to hold off the Milwaukee Bucks for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

For more on the Knicks, visit Posting And Toasting and SB Nation New York.

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Jeremy Lin Will Be Free Agent In July, With Knicks Hoping To Retain

Has Jeremy Lin, who will miss the remainder of the season with a torn meniscus, played his last game with the New York Knicks? Lin will be a free agent at season's end and, in theory, could land somewhere else.

But thanks to the Gilbert Arenas rule, Lin is likely to remain in the Big Apple.

Under current NBA rules, restricted free agents with two or fewer years in the league cannot be offered more than the league's average salary (upwards of $5 million per season), which allows incumbent teams to match offer sheets even if they are over the salary cap. The rule was introduced in 2005. In 2003, Gilbert Arenas, a restricted free agent after two seasons with the Golden State Warriors, signed a $60 million deal with the Washington Wizards. The Warriors couldn't match under league rules.

The Knicks could sign Lin to a multi-year deal starting at the average salary with an early termination option a couple of years in, which would allow Lin to recapture market value fairly soon. There's no doubt other teams will line up to offer Lin the maximum salary he's eligible for if the Knicks don't handle it quickly.

For more on the Knicks, visit Posting And Toasting and SB Nation New York.

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Jeremy Lin Out For Season With Torn Meniscus

The New York Knicks confirmed late Saturday that Jeremy Lin will have surgery on his torn meniscus this week, putting him out of service for six weeks. The regular season has less than four weeks left, and the likelihood of New York making the playoffs and peeling enough games off of the Bulls or Heat to be playing six weeks from now is low. That effectively ends Lin's season.

Lin had a meteoric rise in off-court fame and on-court notoriety this season. In his second year after going undrafted in 2010, the former Harvard point guard was on the verge of being cut by the Knicks when injuries forced coach Mike D'Antoni to begin playing him more. Lin embraced the opportunity and blew opponents out of the water, having huge games against the likes of the L.A. Lakers and Dallas Mavericks. He ended up with 11 20-point games this season, and seven games with 10 or more assists. All seven of those ended up as double-doubles.

Off the court, Lin's Asian-American heritage and against-all-odds success drew huge attention. That his breakout happened in New York, on the league's grandest stage at Madison Square Garden, certainly fueled the media fire.

Lin will be a free agent as of July 1. It is expected that the Knicks will work to retain him quickly.

For more on the Knicks, visit Posting And Toasting and SB Nation New York.

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