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February 20, 2012


What does God think about Linsanity? I’m John Stonestreet and this is the Point.

I’m a huge college basketball fan. I usually only notice the NBA after March Madness is over.  But, even Duke’s amazing buzzer-beating comeback win over North Carolina last week has been overshadowed by the NBA hysteria called LinSanity.

More Harvard grads have become President of the United States than have made it in the NBA. But Jeremy Lin, an undrafted point guard who was waived by two NBA teams has earned job security after leading New York to six straight wins with huge games.

Everyone in New York talking about Jeremy Lin, except for JLin himself who may be the only one there not caught up in LinSanity. Lin is a committed Christian and it’s that faith in Christ that keeps him humble and thankful, he says. Some say God is too big to care about sports. I say he’s too big not too care about sports -- but not about wins and losses. He cares about his people and His name. Read more about Jeremy Lin at I’m John Stonestreet.

Further Reading

Lin's Appeal: Faith, Pride and Points
Michael Luo | The New York Times | February 11, 2012

Jeremy Lin's Faith Earns Basketball Star Title of 'Taiwanese Tebo.'
Daniel Burke | The Huffington Post | February 14, 2012

Jeremy Lin Says 'No,' to David Letterman as Media Requests Pour In
Kelly Scatletta | Bleacher Report | February 14, 2012

All Spheres of Life -- Even Pro Basketball
David Mathis and Tony Reinke | Desiring God | February 14, 2012

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  • April 19, 2012 // 05:36 pm //  # 
    Sarah's avatar Sarah

    The Mavericks may have found the biggest peelser in the draft.I’m a big Jeremy Lin fan, and not just because he’s a future pastor/minister.  At the 2010 Portsmouth Invitation (similar to the NFL’s pre-draft Senior Bowl) against future NBA draft picks, Jeremy Lin averaged 10 points, 6 assists, 3 steals, and 60% FG percentage.  In 2008 in 7 games (some multiple) against Colorado, George Washington, UConn, and BC, he averaged 20 points, 5 rebs, 5 assists, and 3 steals, even though the other team was double or triple teaming him all game as the only good player for Harvard.  In 2009 against UConn and BC twice he averaged 27 points, 5 rebs, 5 assists, and 3 steals, again while double or triple teamed.  His entire life Jeremy Lin has constantly faced obstacles and discrimination (not to mention racial slurs) in the basketball world, because of his race.  He was California’s basketball State Player of the Year after taking an unknown HS team to take the championship over powerhouse Mater Dei, yet was offered no Division-I basketball scholarship from any school. Harvard was the only school to give him a spot, and with no scholarship. I don’t think it ever happened before that a Player of the Year in a huge state like California, didn’t get any college scholarship offers to play.  Then, at Harvard, all he did was break all sorts of conference records, put Harvard on the map without any other legit player on the team, and this year finished as a finalist for both the John Wooden and Bob Cousy Award, for best D-I college player and best D-I guard in the country.  If his last name were different, he might have gotten a chance to start at a different college and become a 1st round pick.  He is taller than Avery Bradley, and just as athletic if you look at his dunks, blocks, and steals playing against players who were picked in the draft.For those not familiar with him, here are some ESPN, Time Magazine, and Washington Post,8599,1951044, the poster Rex’: Jeremy Lin plays an extremely unselfish game and makes his team’s better, but you can’t blame him for those losses.  His Harvard team had literally no other decent players, and basketball is a team game.  Everyone saw how far Cornell went this year in the March Madness tournament (Sweet 16), with 3 legit NBA prospects.  Against Cornell, Jeremy’s Harvard team was no match, but Jeremy had 24 points on 7 for 12 shooting. He was hardly shut down’ by Cornell, he simply had no help.

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