Those who know me know I’m an avid fantasy sports player. I usually have at least two teams going in some sport at literally every point of the calendar year. So when I see this random Asian dude named Jeremy Lin on the Knicks post 25 points and 7 assists, I thought it was a fluke.
Then when I see him do it again, but with 28 points and 8 assists, I grabbed him like he was going out of style; and he has yet to. In the past week, the entire country has caught Linsanity, leaning out of their seats to watch this guy who came out of nowhere put up crazy stats against teams like Utah and the L.A. Lakers.
He hails from Harvard University and averaged about 15 points and 4 dimes per game in his three years as a starter there. He earned accolades like first team All-Ivy League selection, 2010 Lou Henson All-America team and Ivy League MVP in his senior year. But I mean, it’s Harvard right? They have a solid program, but they aren’t known for cranking out blue chips during draft season. Lin went undrafted, falling to the Golden State Warriors who would cut him during the lockout. After bouncing around the D-Leagues, he landed on the Knicks’ roster who had severe depth issues at the point guard position. The rest is history.
I’ll admit, I have caught it, too. I love watching this guy go “Naruto” on opposing teams’ defenses. But why are fans loving this guy so much? New Yorkers seem to have forgotten that Melo is on the bench or that Stoudemire missed four games in between.
In a shortened season, every game counts. The easy answer would be to say it’s because he’s #Linning. But after watching him pick the Lakers apart, I think it’s more how he’s winning.
He is getting the ball where it needs to be for his teammates to score while still being a leader and going to the rim himself. Although young, Lin brings a humble, lead-by-example style of play that every team in the NBA craves for.
”It hasn’t even been a week yet, so I’m not really too worried about that, I just want to make sure I do what I can to help the team win every time I step out on the floor,” Lind said. “I’m not really too worried about proving anything to anybody right now.”
So what’s Lin’s secret? Who is this masked man who has seemingly taken the NBA by force? If you ask him, it’s no secret, it’s faith. For the past few months, the man has been sleeping on his brother’s couch, waiting and trusting in God for the moment to shine.
”I look back and I realize these are His fingerprints all over my story,” Lin said. ”I realize I had to learn to stop chasing the perishable prizes of this earth and give my best effort unto God and trust Him with the results.”
The reason I’m putting this in here isn’t so I can say that Christians make better basketball players. That would be stupidity at its highest level. I’m doing so to show that living a life for God in the public eye, though taxing, is equally rewarding. I’ve seen players in every sport thank God after a game millions of times and I’ve become numb to it. They say the same line and then live however they deem fit -- disgracing Christianity in the process. But standing up for his faith while being the hype of America’s media is great for the sport and serves as a great role model and testimony, one that goes to show that even when life seems to kick you while you’re down, you’re just one #Lin away from your next miracle.