Instead of the immorality, substance abuse, and material indulgences that many famous athletes are known for today, we have a refreshing story evolving of a gifted young athlete who says his rags-to-riches NBA story is “a miracle from God.” “Anytime something like this happens, a lot of stuff has to be put into place, and a lot of it is out of my control.” “If you look back at my story, doesn’t matter where you look, but God’s fingerprints are all over the place where there have been a lot of things that had to happen that I couldn’t control.”
The beauty of this story is the innocence of it. With his team struggling, the undrafted, Harvard-educated point guard got the opportunity to play and he promptly went on an amazing tear averaging 27 points and 9 assists over a six-game stretch and ended up on this week’s cover of Sports Illustrated. All the while Jeremy reminds us, “ You can try to call it coincidence but at the end of the day, there are 20, 30 things when you combine them all, that had to happen at the right time in order for me to be here. That’s why I call it a miracle.”
As Lin wins games night after night, he remains humbled and embarrassed by the overwhelming media attention. He does his best to deflect it all. He talks about the team, about winning. He came out on Tuesday night and tried to tell people the Knicks weren’t winning because of him, but because of the way they had come together. He didn’t want to talk about his shot or his accomplishments. He praised his teammates, one by one: Shumpert’s defense; Fields’ floor game; Chandler’s muscle inside; the plays that D’Antoni called for them.
His accomplishments, both athletically and personally, are to be commended and respected. We hope his example is one that we will see more frequently in professional sports.