I am an avid NBA fan. It’s a goliath world there… a land of literal giants. But unlike the goliath of old, these giants are agile and athletic; they can ride the air; they fly, albeit for that few seconds, they soar. I heard a commentator once exclaimed in a Michael Jordan’s game: “I don’t believe it! I saw a man fly!” It’s true. It’s a thing of beauty if you appreciate the sport. That’s why fame and glamour surround the giants at NBA for the magnificient attributes and talents they possess. People pay big money to watch them perform their air-walking routine. I am a part of that.
This past week, a phenomenon visited the NBA. An unknown figure, and most interestingly, of Asian descent, came into the scene dominated by African- and European-Americans. Standing at 1.91m at 23 years of age, he is definitely a non-giant in a league overshadowed by goliaths. It seemed that divinely, all the scenes were set for him. He was the perfect underdog, tossed around by 2 other teams and ended up in a struggling New York Knicks team. He wasn’t even remotely considered to ever play on the team, merely a number to the official list. Then, “disaster” struck, as the Knicks were plagued with injury, the coach had to field a reserve Point Guard. The stage was set for Jeremy Lin. From there, history was and is still being written. That was 5 games ago, and with his help as Point Guard, Knicks had won all 5 since.
“Linsanity” sensation swept New York and the world. The home crowd is revived with a winning hope that went missing for more than a decade. News, tabloids, TVs and the internet went abuzz with this Linsanity wave. The rookie’s game statistics for his first 5 games were impressive, even record-breaking. However, the main talk wasn’t in how good he is, but how he was able to make the team better with his play. Team mates suddenly became more potent with his distributing and sharing the ball. I am a Knicks fan but gave up watching them about 10 games ago because it was painful, they kept losing. But after hearing about Linsanity and watching the new kid on the block played the last 5 games, I went teary and exclaimed, “This is beautiful basketball, man…”
In an arena ascribed to talents, attitudes and wealth, the newcomer presented himself humbly, staying with his brother and sleeping on his couch, and always deflecting praises to his fellow teammates and coach. He acknowledged the reality of God in where and what he is doing right now. I just love this guy. I know the entire New York city feels the same. More so, cause I’m also Asian, and I too believe in the role I play in God’s plan .
This blog is a tribute to Jeremy Lin. From the depths of my heart, I wish his part in Knicks’ winning streak will continue, even if they lose games; because as far as I am concerned, Knicks wins big this season with the discovery of this gem. Lincredible! 🙂