He may be pretty much done for the season, but Jeremy Lin is still the center of attention in the New York sports world.
Yesterday, The Daily News’ Frank Isola accused the Knicks of withholding news of Lin’s surgery until after the playoff tickets purchase deadline, for regular season ticket holders, had passed.
Basically, this was what happened: MRI revealed Lin’s meniscus tear last Monday. On Wednesday, the Knicks’ marketing team sent out an email advertisement for playoff tickets that featured Lin prominently. On Friday, the team’s media relations department sent out a press release refuting Knicks headcoach Mike Woodson’s quote suggesting that Lin may be out for a while.
Then, on Saturday, the Knicks finally announced news of Lin’s injury/surgery.
The story obviously angered folks at MSG, parent company of the Knicks, as not one, not two, but THREE separate statements were released in the last few hours from MSG, Cablevision Systems Corporation, and Knicks chairman Jim Dolan.
First, the statement by MSG:
“Today’s Daily News story is completely inaccurate, and serves only as another example of fabricated reporting by (the Daily News). 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 on The Madison Square Garden Company. Jeremy Lin decided on Saturday to have surgery now in hopes that he would be able to return in time for, or at least during, the playoffs. The Knicks have sold out 61 games in a row, including last season’s playoffs, and as standard practice we provided season ticket holders a first opportunity benefit to reserve playoff tickets before going on sale to the general public.”
Here’s Cablevision’s statement:
“Today’s story in the New York Daily News is just another in a long list of articles and cover stories designed to provoke Cablevision and The Madison Square Garden Company. Mr. Zuckerman has engaged in a campaign of intimidation and extortion to effect a merger between Newsday and the Daily News. He has made repeated overtures to Mr. Dolan and his executives to combine the operations with joint ownership and shared printing and editorial expense. This proposal was rejected multiple times. In fact, at a Four Seasons lunch meeting on March 6, Mr. Zuckerman once again made his proposal, this time adding that “the bad press would end if we became joint owners” (a direct quote). Shortly thereafter, the Daily News ran a full front page with Mr. Dolan’s picture as a centerpiece for a skull and crossbones graphic that included the word “Toxic” in bold print. Today’s back page story is just another in a series of these defamatory extortions.”
And finally, Dolan:
“I understand that there will always be those who are critical of anyone who owns a controlling interest in three New York sports franchises. But, Mr. Zuckerman’s attempts to parlay this into a favorable arrangement for himself could not be more misguided.”
Too long, didn’t read? It’s okay, we’ll sum it up for you. Basically, Dolan and his crew thinks Daily News is just mad because Dolan has repeatedly rebuffed a Daily News/Newsday merger.
Meannnnnwhile, Lin underwent successful surgery today, sharing this picture on his Facebook account.