Last Saturday Jeremy Lin was an unknown, sitting at the end of the Knicks bench in Madison Square Garden and wondering if his dream of playing in the NBA was about to evaporate like a mist. He had been released by his hometown Golden State Warriors, picked up and released by the Houston Rockets, and then picked up by the Knicks, who had sent him to their D-League team in Erie, PA, for a couple of weeks.
But desperate men do desperate things. Coach Mike D’Antoni, faced with a growing injury list and 11 losses in the past 13 games, took a chance on the new kid. What he got was a Susan Boyle moment, a totally unexpected flawless performance from an unauspicious but talented and dedicated performer. Jeremy Lin scored 25 points off the bench on Saturday, and 28 points the following Monday when he became a starter for the first time in his professional career. Wednesday he added 23 more.
Nobody knows what will happen next. The Knicks are preparing to face the Lakers and Kobe Bryant tonight and the rest of the NBA season after that. Former Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy thinks Jeremy has what it takes to flourish in the NBA: “Lin is deceptively athletic, and he knows when to pass and when to shoot. That seems simple enough, but it’s not.”
We hope that Jeremy has a long and illustrious career in the NBA. It seems much more possible today than it did a week ago. Watching how he has handled the ups and downs of his basketball career, we are reminded of the words of the Apostle Paul, who wrote to the Colossians, “Whatever you are doing put your whole heart into it, as if you were doing it for the Lord and not for men.”