1 Apr 2012

Lin's season appears to be over

2:59 pm on 1 April 2012

Jeremy Lin's astonishing break-out NBA basketball campaign with the New York Knicks has been cut short by a left knee injury that needs surgery.

The Knicks say Lin will be out of action for about 6 weeks.

That would have him missing the rest of the NBA regular season and perhaps the first round of the playoffs - if indeed the Knicks reach the post-season.

The 23-year-old Lin was an NBA unknown when he shot to prominence in February, getting the starting nod from then-coach Mike D'Antoni and energising a flagging Knicks team.

Lin, who was born in California to parents from Taiwan, became an international sensation as the first American of Chinese or Taiwanese descent to play in the NBA.

In 35 games this season, Lin averaged 14.6 points and 6.1 assists.