I'm not sure how you could have access to the Internet and not have heard about Jeremy Lin by now. But if you haven't, he is the Tebow-like, underdog-turned-star point guard for the New York Knicks who has taken the NBA by storm.
Aside from his incredible play, Lin has distinguished himself as a rare Harvard graduate playing in the NBA, the only Chinese-American in the league, and furthermore for his outspoken faith. In an interview with his hometown paper, the San Jose Mercury News (which Lin granted only on the condition of discussing faith), the rising star said his faith in God has triggered "Linsanity:"
"Sometimes you come up against a mountain and you end up making the mountain seem bigger than God," said Lin, who spoke with this newspaper via phone on the condition that questions be limited to the issue of his spirituality.
Last year when he was playing for the Warriors, "I was on pins and needles. I was putting all this unnecessary pressure on myself. Now, I feel like I'm free out there."
He can no longer stroll anonymously down the streets of New York, but Lin has found peace. He is bombarded with interview requests (even David Letterman got turned down), yet Lin is experiencing a sense of ease he's never before felt.
His devout Christianity, bred at the Chinese Church in Christ in Mountain View, has been his guide since he was young. But Lin admits these last few months were a test unlike any before.
Sucker punched by the cold business of the NBA -- playing for his third team in a year -- Lin suffered in silence. Before he was the talk of the sports world, before he was crowned star of the Knicks, Lin was ridden with doubt and anxiety. So he doubled down on his commitment to God.
And without that, he believes, there would be no Lin-sanity.
Since gaining significant playing time, Lin has led the Knicks to six straight wins without the team's previous biggest stars, Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire, on the court at the same time. Since the 1976 NBA-ABA merger, no player has scored more points in his first five starts than Jeremy Lin, topping a list of names like Shaq, Jordan and Iverson. The Harvard grad confidently sunk the game-winner for the Knicks in Toronto last night with less than one second left on the clock, proving that Linsanity is more than just stats.
How does Lin get pumped before a game besides an obvious prayer? Christian music of course! In an interview with Fuse TV Lin discussed some of the artists he listens to pre game for inspiration. Given all that we know about Lin's devout faith, the point guard unsurprisingly rattled off the names of several Christian rappers and rock groups that may be unknown to the average NBA fan: