Jeremy LINding a Hand to the Point Guard Spot

By Jerald L. Hoover
Updated: February 11, 2012

Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin

NEW YORK, NY (BASN)— – This is a story almost akin to a Jackie Robinson, Wally Pipp a Rip Van Winkle. Well not exactly quite those three individuals in total scope and nature but the dynamics are certainly there. New York Knicks wunderkind guard, Jeremy Lin didn’t nor has to endure the harsh treatment that Robinson had to endure while breaking into a white man’s sport at a time when race relations wasn’t all cozy and fuzzy. But, Lin had his own bouts growing up in Palo Alto, California and then attending Harvard University with racist taunts from classless opponent’s fans. He persevered and made the best of things and although he wasn’t drafted by an NBA team in the 2010 draft, he made noise enough to be signed as a free agent by the Golden State Warriors.

The Rip Van Winkle example is synonymous to a man (player) being risen from a long slumber. But, in Lins’ case it was a matter of someone giving him a chance to showcase what he could do on the NBA level. That indeed brings us to, Wally Pipp; who is famous for being the starting first baseman for the New York Yankees that supposedly once asked out of the starting lineup because he had a headache. That in turn paved the way for Lou Gehrig who would then play in 2,130 consecutive games. It’s a streak that was broken by Baltimore Oriole Cal Ripken Jr. in 1995. Not calling injured Knicks point guard Baron Davis, Wally Pipp, but he is recovering from a herniated disk in his back and hasn’t play a minute yet this season.

For the point guard starved Knicks, Lin is a true revelation. For the entire world of the NBA, Lin is a God-send to the highest order. An Asian (albeit Asian American) playing and excelling at the World Most Famous Arena and in the world’s biggest media market what more could you ask for? LinSanity, Lincredible, Lintastic, Linderella, The Mighty Lin, Just Lin Baby; the list goes on and on for the many nicknames Lin has been branded with.

Lin is in a position to help and inspire young people on several levels. One is he’s a devout Born Again Christian and makes it a point to openly credit God for his success. Two, he’s Asian and the following that he has is growing by the nanosecond. Three, he’s considered a minority and thus gives hope to those looking for their chance to excel in whatever endeavor they’re in.

The moral of the story is also Lin is showing that the Biblical term, “Be Ye Also Ready”, takes on an even more profound meaning. When your number is called, there’s no time for shyness, laziness, shaky confidence and excuses; it’s time to perform. Jeremy Lin for the past week and counting has turned the world of sports on its ear.