NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jeremy Lin is expected to miss the entire 2017-18 NBA season after suffering a serious right knee injury in the Brooklyn Nets' regular-season opener on Wednesday night, his team said.
Guard Lin has been diagnosed with a ruptured patella tendon of the right knee.
He sustained the injury on a drive to the basket during the fourth quarter of the Nets' 140-131 road loss to the Indiana Pacers. He limped back to the locker room under his own power after initially being assisted.
Before exiting the game, Lin had totaled 18 points and four assists in 25 minutes. He is in the second season of a three-year, $36 million contract he signed with Brooklyn before last season.
The Nets General Manager Sean Marks said: "Jeremy worked tremendously hard during the offseason and in training camp and was excited for the prospects of the team this season.
"We feel awful that the injury will cost him the season, however our entire organization will be there to support Jeremy in every way possible throughout his recovery. Jeremy remains an important part of this team and will continue to contribute in a leadership role."
(Editing by: Ossian Shine)