By Bridget O’Donnell
Poor Jeremy Lin. The New York Knicks guard and media darling was forced to end his miraculous NBA season early last week with a knee injury requiring immediate surgery.
It’s a disappointing finish to an otherwise stellar season for the American star with Taiwanese roots, who became an overnight sensation after leading the Knicks to a seven-game winning streak back in February.
Surgeons repaired a torn meniscus on his left knee yesterday, and the star is expected to be out for up to six weeks.
Yesterday morning, Lin posted a photo to his Weibo account from his hospital bed. He wrote: “Praise God for a successful surgery…road to recovery! Lets goo. Much love to the fans for your support and kind words.” With Weibo’s commenting feature reenabled, thousands of well-wishers in China have been leaving messages of support on the post throughout the day.
Though Lin will be out for the regular season, there’s a chance he could be ready to play again by the time playoffs start.
Meanwhile, Knicks fans are apparently furious with management for withholding the news of his injury in order to sell seats. Though the organization was aware of his MRI report on Wednesday, it didn’t make the announcement about Lin’s injury until after the deadline for season ticket holders to purchase playoff tickets had already passed.