Jeremy Lin's Contagious Success

Posted by David Benham on Wed, 02/15/2012 - 13:31.

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It shouldn't be a surprise why Jeremy Lin is doing so well.  Here is a quote from Lin's interview in The Christian Post -


"Slowly, God revealed more to me. I started learning how to trust in Him, not to focus so much on whether I win or lose but to have faith that God has a perfect plan: For me to put more of an emphasis on my attitude and the way that I play, rather than my stats or whether we win a championship. I learned more about a godly work ethic and a godly attitude, in terms of being humble, putting others above yourself, being respectful to refs and opponents. There are really so many ways you can apply your faith to basketball."


Lin, Harvard economics graduate, left college ball as an undrafted player. He held a very limited roll on the Golden State Warriors last season.  He was cut twice this season  before he was picked up by New York Knicks in this shortened NBA season. He was called off the bench when the Knicks needed a miracle to win. Last night Lin hit the game winning 3-pointer with half a second left to extend the team's winning streak to six. Jeremy now has scored 136 points in his six starts.


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Since the 1976 NBA-ABA merger, no one has scored more points in his first five starts than Jeremy Lin.

Player Points Season
Jeremy Lin 129 2011-12
Shaquille O'Neal 125 1992-93
Freeman Williams 125 1981-82
Jerry Stackhouse 124 1995-96
Dominique Wilkins 124 1982-83
Source: Elias Sports Bureau before the win last night against Toronto


Jeremy's record performance is turning heads and getting headlines all over the world. This week Jeremy Lin was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week after averaging 27.3 points, 8.3 assists and 2.0 steals in those first four career starts with the Knicks according to the league. New York was a team lacking energy and excitement but now the lackluster team is undefeated behind its new unlikely leader.

God has given each of us talents, skills and unique abilities.  Just imagine the impact on this world each of us could make if we listened to God, identified our talents, sharpened our skills, and used them with the courage and finesse Jeremy Lin is showing this week.