The New York Knicks say point guard Jeremy Lin will undergo surgery on his left knee that could sideline him through the rest of the regular season and possibly the playoffs.
Lin, 23, missed the last three games with what the team called a sore knee, but an MRI revealed a meniscus tear.
Speaking to reporters, Lin said the surgery will help him get back in the game.
"I can't really do much. I can't really cut or jump. So it's pretty clear that I won't be able to help the team unless I get this fixed right now," Lin said.
The Harvard grad became an overnight worldwide sensation when he came off the bench and sparked the Knicks to a seven-game winning streak in February.
Baron Davis will now be the team's starting point guard.
Fans who spoke with NY1 at Saturday night's game at Madison Square Garden were disappointed to hear about Lin but hopeful for his future.
"He's young, he will recover pretty quick and he will be hungrier than ever," said one Knicks fan.
"He's gonna come back. It's just temporary. Things happen. Every day's not a party in life," said another Knicks fan. "You have to accept what's happening. When he comes back he's gonna be twice as better as he was. So whatever you miss he's gonna make up for."
The Knicks went on to beat Cleveland 91-75.