New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin will miss at least the next six weeks due to a torn meniscus in his knee, the National Basketball Association team said on Saturday, signaling a likely end to the season for the Asian-American

The injury to his left knee will require a surgical procedure to repair, the team said, according to the league website NBA.com.

In 35 games this season, Lin averaged 14.6 points and 6.1 assists, sparking a global craze dubbed "Linsanity" when he burst onto the scene last month as an unheralded bench warmer.

(Reporting By Larry Fine in New York; Editing by Nick Mulvenney)