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NBA: Jeremy Lin in high spirits after surgery on knee

Staff writer, with CNA, NEW YORK

New York Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin was upbeat on Monday after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee and later posted photos of himself on Twitter and Facebook.

Lin, the first American of Taiwanese descent to play in the NBA, tweeted and wrote on Facebook that the surgery performed by team orthopedist Answorth Allen at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan was successful.

“Praise God for a successful surgery! Now on the road to recovery! Lets gooo. Much love to all the fans for your support and kind words,” Lin wrote on Facebook.

A photo of him on his hospital bed with an IV drip in his arm was posted along with the message.

Lin will likely need at least six weeks off to recover from the procedure. Since the NBA regular season ends on April 26, the Knicks would have to make a deep run in the playoffs for Lin to have any chance of seeing action again this season.

As of Monday night, the Knicks were two games ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks for the eighth and final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference, with 13 regular season games left for both teams.

Meanwhile, the Knicks denied that they withheld information about Lin’s injury to help sell playoff tickets.

A New York Daily News column said the Knicks did not announce the results of Lin’s MRI from March 26 that showed he had a torn meniscus until Saturday in an effort lure season ticket holders into buying playoff tickets ahead of a deadline last Wednesday.

Madison Square Garden Co, which owns the Knicks, denied the allegation on Monday, saying: “The suggestion that the timing of Jeremy Lin’s injury report is in any way connected to a longstanding Knicks playoff ticket deadline is a malicious attack.”

According to the company, Lin decided on Saturday to have the surgery “in hopes that he would be able to return in time for, or at least during, the playoffs.”

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