Did the New York Knicks try to pump up sales of playoff tickets by hiding the news that Jeremy Lin had suffered a season-ending knee injury?
That’s the accusation leveled by Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.
Isola points out that Lin had an MRI that showed he had a torn meniscus in his left knee two days before the March 28 deadline for season-ticket holders to buy playoff tickets. And such cartilage tears almost always require surgery.
Isola’s column also notes that an e-mail was sent to fans with a picture of Lin leaping in celebration.
Madison Square Garden spokeswoman Stacey Escudero said the story’s “completely false.”
Lin didn’t announce his decision to have surgery until Saturday. But the question of who knew what about Lin’s injury arose last Friday when interim Knicks coach Mike Woodson said he had “no idea” when Lin would be able to return. Woodson also said it was possible Lin wouldn’t make it back this season.
Isola writes that within an hour of Woodson’s comments the Knicks’ media relations staff put out a statement contradicting the coach.
The Knicks are 2 1/2 games ahead of Milwaukee for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth, with 13 games to go.
2 Responses to Did $MSG and the New York Knicks Hide Jeremy Lin’s Injury to Sell Playoff Tickets?
Don’t the Knicks have to actually make the playoffs for any of this to matter?
And if you tell me this was a float play, then I know you’ve got black helicopters on the brain.
I wouldn’t put it past shithead Dolan.
I think they’ll make the playoffs, even with Lin and Stoudemire out. And if none of the other starters don’t get injured.