New York Knicks: Why Jeremy Lin Will Become the Tim Tebow of the NBA

Kelly ScalettaFeatured ColumnistFebruary 7, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks drives past Detroit Pistons Walker Russell #23 of the Detroit Pistons at Madison Square Garden on January 31, 2012 in New York City.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Amid the smoke and rubble of the New York Knicks' season, a man, a hero, a legend has emerged—a man of humility, courage and faith who can run a Mike D'Antoni system. The legend that is Jeremy Lin has only just begun. The NBA answer to Tim Tebow has arrived. 

In games where the Knicks D-League point guard has attempted at least 10 shots, the Knicks are undefeated. If they can maintain this winning percentage with him as the starter, the Knicks would be able to finish with a record of 51-15, good enough to challenge the Chicago Bulls and the Miami Heat as the Beasts in the East.

OK. Well, maybe that's not going to happen. The Knicks do have an unlikely star in the making, though. Lin has electrified the city of New York, taking it by storm, even in the wake of the New York Giants winning the Super Bowl.. 

In the last two games, he has totaled 53 points and 15 assists. More importantly, the Knicks offense has been more "offensive" in a good way than in a bad way. 

Lin has a lot of similarities to Tebow. Both are men of devout Christian faiths and aren't intimidated about expressing it. During his postgame interview on the NBA TV's Gametime Monday night, Lin had "Tebowian" words of gratitude, "I want to just thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ." 

He went on to praise his teammates and his coach and flow praise about how fortunate he was to have the opportunity. 

In that regard, he is also similar to Tebow, not just in the humility he expressed, but also in the fact that he is, in fact, actually very fortunate to receive the opportunity to prove himself. 

As with Tebow, you didn't get the feeling that he was putting on an act for the cameras but that it was a genuine "aw, shucks" attitude. 

Finally, when he's playing, it's clear his teammates are behind him. His genuine self-confidence and likability make his team want to succeed and believe that they can. He really is a reason they are winning. 

That the team won last night with Amar'e Stoudemire missing the game due to his brother's death and Carmelo Anthony only playing six minutes due to a groin pull is evidence enough of that. 

The Knicks may have found their point guard in the most unlikely of places. If he maintains this kind of play, Skip Bayless may have a new favorite topic—Jeremy Lin, the hero who saved New York.