Lin-sanity!

Jeremy Lin is the latest sports sensation, coming out of nowhere to spark the Knicks to five straight victories.  It’s been a blast to watch, especially because he’s a great kid who’s having loads of fun.  The Knicks were terrible this year, and with their two stars out, it was going to get worse.

The situation was set up perfectly for Lin, who has more than filled the role.

Among many other good articles on Lin, here’s a piece from Sports Illustrated, and one from ESPN.

This piece in the NY Times was especially interesting, written by an Asian American Christian.  What I found interesting is how the author distinguishes Lin from the Tebow phenomenon.  Tebow’s aggressively public Christian identity resonated with culture warrior Christians, those who feel vindicated when “one of ours” achieves some sort of success.  That guy’s a Christian and he’s winning!  God must be at work in some wonderful way!

Lin has little interest in all of that, it seems.  I think that’s great and I hope it continues.

What’s fun about Lin is that he’s playing the game the way it should be played.  No whining about contracts or pouting when he doesn’t get his touches.  He’s just having fun. 

I hope all the “Lin-sanity” doesn’t go the route of the Tebow phenomenon, where every game was tied to the vindication of Christian faith.  All of that isn’t fair to Lin and it perverts the nature of sport, which is all about seriously having fun.  If there’s any higher or greater meaning, it’s that it’s great to see a team come together, play well and selflessly as a unit, enjoy one another, and have fun competing hard.

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3 responses to “Lin-sanity!

  • Haddon Anderson

    Thanks for this post. It’s been neat to see Lin be completely overwhelmed in interviews, like he doesn’t understand why there’s so much hype over him.

    It makes me think about the posts you did on having a “platform.” It seems like Lin is enjoying the game for what it is and creating a great deal of respect for his play and humility.

    It will be interesting to see how this develops throughout the year (and very soon once Carmelo Anthony comes back)…

    • timgombis

      I think that humility and deference toward others is most striking in our day of pompous and selfish athletes. That sort of attitude is so attractive. And I wonder how it’s going to go when Anthony returns — it’ll be very interesting! It could go really well if they can learn to function together as a team.

  • Around the Town: Weekly Round Up | The Two Cities

    […] Carl Park from the Gospel Coalition shares his thoughts about Lin’s Christianity. Here is a similar post by Timothy Gombis. Additionally, here is an opinion piece by David Brooks from The New York […]

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