Jeremy Lin Says 'No' to David Letterman as Media Requests Pour in

Kelly ScalettaFeatured ColumnistFebruary 14, 2012

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Believe it or not a person in New York has been found who has not embraced the Linsanity. His name is Jeremy Lin. In spite of all the hoopla being made of his hooping, Lin does not seem to be getting carried away with it. Even when David Letterman asked him to come on the show, he turned it down.

Sports Illustrated reports that Lin's agent, Robert Montgomery, hasn't had a full night's sleep for "about five days now, with interviews requests for Lin pouring in from all over the world" and that includes the likes of Letterman and Diane Sawyer. 

He'll also be on the cover of the Sports Illustrated this week according to reports.

It's pretty obvious, Linsanity is nuts and you either embrace that or it annoys the dickens out of you, but either way you know it's crazy.  

If you need a raft to cling that Lin's not going to be just a flash in the pan, it's this. He's not departing from the core values which helped him get through the trying times of his early NBA career. The same Christian faith which carried him through the difficult parts of the season are the same values he embraces now that he's reached more success than he could have ever dreamed possible. 

Lin told the San Jose Mercury News,

"I'm not playing to prove anything to anybody," Lin said. "That affected my game last year and my joy last year. With all the media attention, all the love from the fans (in the Bay Area), I felt I needed to prove myself. Prove that I'm not a marketing tool, I'm not a ploy to improve attendance. Prove I can play in this league. But I've surrendered that to God. I'm not in a battle with what everybody else thinks anymore."

Just as "Tebowmania" never seemed to go to Tebow's head the "Linsanity" doesn't seem to be making Lin's hat size grow either. 

Even now, he's not changing who he is. 

There is so much temptation to hold on to my career even more now," Lin said. "To try to micromanage and dictate every little aspect. But that's not how I want to do things anymore. I'm thinking about how can I trust God more. How can I surrender more? How can I bring him more glory?

"It's a fight. But it's one I'm going to keep fighting."

Lin might not be the kind of Evangelical Christian that Tebow is, but he seems to have the same inner values, and that's worth something in a leader. It speaks to steadiness. It speaks to humility. In fact it's a bit ironic that the antithesis of Linsanity is Lin himself.