Jeremy Lin: He's No Tim Tebow, but He Sure Is a Story

Hayden KimCorrespondent IIIFebruary 12, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10:  (L-R) Jeremy Lin #17, Steve Novak #16 and Landry Fields #2 of the New York Knicks celebrate after Lin made a 3-point basket in the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden on February 10, 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 Chambers/Getty Images)
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You've probably heard of the guy by now, but there's a guy named Jeremy Lin, aka "Linsanity," "Shaolin," "Linpossible," I mean you name it. He is one of the hottest sports stories of this year so far and is sweeping the nation off its heels as we speak. Did I mention he is of Asian descent? 

Who would of thought a 6'3'', 200-lb Taiwan-American would be averaging 26.8 points along with 8.0 assists per game all while leading the New York Knicks to their fifth consecutive win this season?

Whether you know it not, we the fans have been privileged to have experienced one of the best football stories in the history of the game in Tim Tebow, and like it or not, we are seeing the same in the world of basketball right now.

Both Tebow and Lin have shown that there are players and athletes out there that don't look the part, but sure as hell play the part. Lin may be small and skinny, but it doesn't look like it matters at this point.  

Lin has been the epitome of hard work and the unexpected. He has gone against the grain in every sense of what it takes to be an NBA player today and is doing it with ease.

Even if Lin were to retire at this very moment, he has already paved the paths for countless children out there in this world today and will be remembered for years to come.

But how long will Lin last in this league? Ten, 20, 30 games more? Can he really continue this streak of nearly averaging a double-double every night?

No one knows at this moment, and to be honest, no one cares. Every sports fan alongside Lin himself is trying to soak in what seems to be one of the best streaks the NBA has seen in this generation, possibly history, and for now, everyone just wants to go along for the ride.


Lin had 20 points, eight assists and six rebounds tonight against the much-improved Minnesota Timberwolves and has once again led the Knicks to a win. He did, however, go 1-of-12 from the field in the second half, but made that up with a crucial winning free throw down the stretch. I guess in this case all we can say is all Lin does is "Lin, Lin, Lin."

Any second now were all secretly hoping for an iconic moment that will forever label Lin's legacy, whether that be similar to Tebow's "Tebowing," or Dikembe Mutombo's "finger." Whatever it may be, I sure hope it's something good, but for now, Lin by himself is all that every sports fan needs especially Knick fans, which is simply, an underdog to cheer for.

Lin may end up being among the thousands of players before him that have had surprising streaks out of no where that had lasted only 10-15 games before opposing teams had figured them out, or he may continue to surprise as Tebow did this year.

The biggest problem for Lin at this very moment will be the return of injured Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire and the ever so forgotten, Baron Davis.

If Lin manages to still be relevant when all three players return, we can truly label him as someone who has "made it" in the NBA.

As an Asian-American myself, it has been a thrill to say the least to see a fellow Asian-American athlete work himself to the top and it truly is inspiring.

If you haven't already watched the Knicks play, or haven't watched ESPN for the last week, it's not too late to jump on the Lin bandwagon because everyone who enjoys and loves sports should appreciate a miracle in the making.

This truly is a once in a lifetime moment, don't let it pass you by.