“It was a magical season” – Tim Tebow
For those not caught up on the hype, Jeremy Lin (from which we derive “Linsanity”) is the new hot item in the NBA. He played college ball at Harvard, of all places, went undrafted in 2010, and bounced around between a few NBA teams (Warriors & Rockets), spending a fair bit of time in the developmental league. He landed with the Knicks this season and held on to the last spot on the bench due to some injuries at point guard. As things got bad for the Knicks, head coach Mike D’Antoni gave him a shot on the court … figuring he had nothing to lose.
- 25 points in a 99-92 win over the Nets on 2/4
- 28 points in a 99-88 win over the Jazz on 2/6
- 23 points in a 107-93 win over the Wizards 2/8
- 38 points in a 92-85 win over the Lakers on 2/10
- 20 points in a 100-98 win over the Timberwolves on 2/11
- 27 points in a 90-87 win over the Raptors on 2/14 (see videos shortly)
- 10 points (13 assists) in a 100-85 win over the Kings last night, 2/15
He didn’t start in the first game on the list. In the next five, he set an NBA record for the most points in the first five starts (136), besting Shaquille O’Neal. The Knicks are now 6-0 with Lin as a starter, 7-0 with him playing significant minutes, and have made it back to “500” at 15-15.
It’s a great story. A kid who was apparently sleeping on his brother’s couch not long ago (because he didn’t want to rent his own place in case he got cut – a reasonably probable outcome) has now gone to superstar status. And, in case the media hype didn’t tell you, Lin is a Christian.
Are there other Christians in the NBA? I’m sure there are – but Lin is a Christian, if you take my meaning. There’s a rather common rhetorical question asked amongst American evangelicals: if you were put on trial for being a Christian would there be enough evidence to convict? I can’t speak for Jeremy Lin’s life, I don’t know him at all. But he says “Jesus” in post-game interviews. He says “Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ” in interviews. Politicians will say this to get votes, but athletes generally only say it when they mean it.
So count me in. I’m a Linsaniac. I honestly don’t follow the NBA all that closely and don’t have a favorite team. (I grew up in NC pulling for the Hornets, who have since moved to New Orleans. Charlotte has the Bobcats now, but they came along after I had left. The local team near here is the Wizards … please. So I’m a man without a team, finding myself pulling against various teams [Heat, Lakers, Spurs] rather than for anybody.) Not any more. Go Knicks!
Now, a couple of videos. First, Jeremy Lin’s game-winning shot over Toronto. Notice how the crowd is cheering for this kid. The game is being played in Toronto, Lin buries the Raptors with a three-pointer giving the Knicks the win, and the crowd goes wild.
Next up we have a post-game interview from the same game. With this one, consider Acts 4:10-12:
It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. He is “the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone.” Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.