Basketball Classic: Jeremy Lin Destroying John Wall

If you come within 5000 yards of this blog on any kind of semi-occasional basis, you know I am a Jeremy Lin fan, both for his faith and his stellar basketball skills.  The video above shows you the talent that almost never was expressed on an NBA court–in a game in which Lin technically should [Read More...]

Carmelo Anthony, Power Forward (Not MJ-like Wing!)

This from Truehoop, the ESPN basketball blog: Lineup data from Basketball Value confirms it. With Anthony at the four and Tyson Chandler in the middle the Knicks were very productive. Ironically enough, for all he did to force his way to New York, Anthony managed to join a team where he plays the same position [Read More...]

New Book on Jeremy Lin by Ted Kluck

Got an email informing me of this new eBook from one of evangelicalism’s wittiest spiritual writers, Ted Kluck.  It’s on the meteoric rise of Jeremy Lin (who’s doing quite well, thank you). Here is the table of contents: Introduction: An Open Letter to the Reader: What Does All of This Say About Us? Chapter 1: [Read More...]

Linsanity, “Hero Ball,” and Why Christians Can’t Play it

Happy March Madness season, everyone.  Let there be compulsive score-checking for all.  I have Baylor losing to UNC in the final (What can I say?  I’m partial to Baptists). In the recent issue of ESPN the Magazine, Henry Abbott wrote a devastating critique of Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, and what Abbott called “hero ball.”  Hero [Read More...]

Linsanity Wanes: Why Are Jeremy Lin and Carmelo Anthony Struggling?

Howard Wolfson of CBS Sports breaks down the recent struggles of the New York Knicks, led by Jeremy Lin and Carmelo Anthony.  Here’s a snatch: The idea that gets pushed around is that he’s selfish, which is hyper-simplistic and off-base. Anthony is not out there lustily chasing after field-goal attempts. He wants to win, but [Read More...]

Linsanity! Part 4: An Essay on Why David Brooks Is Wrong on Jeremy Lin

David Brooks just suggested in the New York Times that athletic success and humility necessarily conflict and cannot coexist in a person.  He wrote his piece, “The Jeremy Lin Problem,” on New York Knicks star (I love writing that) Jeremy Lin, who led the Knicks to their eighth win in nine games yesterday against NBA [Read More...]

Linsanity and Asian American Christian Identity: Carl Park of TEDS Reflects

My friend Carl Park (PhD student in New Testament at TEDS) just wrote a piece on Jeremy Lin (who led the Knicks to win number seven in a row last night) and Asian-American Christian identity at the Gospel Coalition.  It’s a thoughtful and elegant essay, and I commend it to you: “Linsanity and Asian American [Read More...]

Jeremy Lin, The Basketball Star Nobody Wanted: A Gospel Coalition Essay

Just had a new theological essay posted over at the Gospel Coalition.  It’s entitled “The Basketball Star No One Wanted: Jeremy Lin’s Unlikely Triumph.” In it, I weave in my own experience with the game as I talk about what Lin’s success means for many.  In the end, I try to show that in Lin’s [Read More...]

Linsanity! Part 3: Jeremy’s Workout, Life in the NBA D-League & the Curious Case of Steve Novak

Yes, I admit it.  I am basically giving this blog over to Jeremy Lin.  Having said that, some great stuff to follow.  First, a video of his summer workout back when he was with the Warriors.  No wonder the dude is destroying the NBA at present… Second, a fun excerpt from an in-depth story about [Read More...]

Linsanity! Part 2: Ex-Ruff Ryders Rapping & Asian-American Christianity

More Linsanity!  Last night Jeremy Lin led the Knicks to a stunning victory over the Lakers–featuring the NBA’s second-best player, Kobe Bryant–and Lin scored 38 points (!).  I don’t know if you care about sports, but that is truly astonishing.  This is a player who was just about to be waived two weeks ago.  That would have [Read More...]


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