Bless up: Will Jeremy Lin’s prayer group bring basketball back to the Big Apple?

Remember when “Linsanity” coursed through the collective New York Metropolitan heartbeat? And MSG sounded like a place of gratitude rather than a desolate, sandy beach of hatred? I do. And that’s why I went to Jeremy Lin’s website to sign up to pray for him.

I don’t know why I was thinking about Linsanity. But I was. I was trying to remember the last time I watched a Knick game without covering myself with a fair dose of bile. I guess it was Linsanity. So I went to find out what he was up to.

Last time I checked, ol’ Jeremy he was wearing a Charlotte uniform and a cruddy haircut. That’s where I thought I’d find him again – only this time I ended up at his website. It hasn’t been updated much since last December.

At the top of his sleekly designed web page is an invitation to sign up for a prayer group. I decided to sign up. I’m not much of a religious guy, but I figure it couldn’t hurt. I’m willing to do all I can do to make the Knicks look like a basketball team again, instead of the collective herd of house cats scampering directionless across the floor.

“Some of you have asked how to pray for me so I decided to start a prayer group where I can send out occasional concerns for those that want to pray and support.”

Jeremy Lin

Insane for Linsanity

The Knicks have had better seasons since, but it was the first time New York had been to the playoffs in six years and fans were hungry. After a stretch of a few bad losses, in comes Jeremy Lin. He starts a revolution of Knicks believers again and Linsanity became more than we could have ever imagined.

It could have been a product of the Mike D’Antoni offense. Point guards do well in his system, just ask Steve Nash and James Harden. Their numbers skyrocketed under the D’Antoni scheme. But it was more than that. It was New York. And everyone is more popular in a New York minute.

The thing is, Lin was back in New York this last year playing in Brooklyn. He had around the same amounts of minutes per game in around the same amount of games. He had stats that were just as good as his Linsanity year. He’s actually not a bad NBA player.

Season Team Games PPG APG RPG FG%
2011-2012 NYK 35 14.6 6.2 3.1 47
2016-2017 BRK 36 14.5 5.1 3.8 51

 

Lin is currently on a “Social Media Fast” in order to better connect himself to his religion. He did send out a prayer group message that said so, and asked fans to help him in his quest.

I want to invest more time in prayer and writing notes/requests in my prayer journal. I’m hoping that by the end of the week, I will be really locked in on Christ and basking in His presence.

Jeremy Lin

The Harvard grad turned pro was an unlikely hero but that’s what made him such a hero. His rocket rise from obscurity his first two seasons at Harvard to being a finalist for the Bob Cousy award by his senior year (along with Kentucky standout John Wall) was mimicked from his first year and a half in the NBA to being a regular SportsCenter highlight.

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There’s even a Linsanity movie, for crying out loud. Lin used his catapult in fame to help begin a foundation that helps children. NBA career aside, a man or woman that utilizes their fame in order to make the world a better place instead of making themselves the center of the universe is commendable.

Jeremy Lin was the number two leading scorer this year for Brooklyn. As a side note, I had no idea he played for the Nets this season before writing this article. Which got me thinking, who the hell plays for the Nets?

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