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Jeremy Lin on road to recovery, but still no word on his return

2012/04/15 16:33:49

Taipei, April 15 (CNA) New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin is recovering well from knee surgery, but there's still no timetable for his return, interim coach Mike Woodson said at a pregame news conference on Friday in New York.

"He's doing fine," Woodson said. "He got his stitches out yesterday and he's just increasing his therapy work. Where he is in terms of coming back, it's somewhere down the road. It won't be anytime soon."

The Taiwanese-American NBA basketball star went under the knife on April 2 due to a chronic meniscus tear in his left knee. Lin is expected to be out for six weeks because of the surgery.

Though Lin hopes his recovery period will be shorter than expected, he is still unlikely to play for the Knicks again this season unless they make it into at least the second round of the playoffs. The regular season ends April 26.

After Saturday night's NBA games, the Knicks were tied with the Philadelphia 76ers for seventh in the NBA's Eastern Conference, 2.5 games ahead of the ninth place Milwaukee Bucks. The top eight teams in the conference make the playoffs.

The Knicks' Jared Jeffries said playing without Lin had affected the team's overall tempo, with occasional dips in the offense's energy and pace.

The Knicks have had to rely on 32-year-old Baron Davis as the starting point guard, but he has been hindered by injuries, forcing the team to play more grind-it-out, halfcourt basketball that has made scoring more difficult, according to some NBA observers.

Jeffries said he believes Lin wants to be back on court in time for the playoffs, and sitting out for an extended period of time will not be helpful when he looks to sign a new contract as a free agent after the season ends.

(By Lung Bo-an and C.J. Lin)