Jeremy Lin knows he would have been rusty and probably not in great shape if he tried to play for the New York Knicks in this playoff series against the Miami Heat.
He could handle those things.
What he couldn't handle was the unknown, that being how much his surgically repaired left knee could handle if he tried to play too soon.
So with the Knicks already having lost guards Baron Davis and Iman Shumpert to serious knee injuries already in this series -- there's little chance Davis will play at all next season, and Shumpert's availability for the start of next season would be considered highly doubtful at best -- Lin is erring on the side of caution by not rushing a comeback against the Heat, a move that neither risks his knee or his earning potential this summer as a restricted free agent.
''I'm mostly worried about just not having to suffer a real setback, which would be a new knee injury,'' Lin said Wednesday morning in Miami, where the Knicks were preparing for a win-or-go-...