Move over Tim Tebow. There’s another squeaky clean professional athlete breaking out of the pack to inspire sports fans of all ages. It all started several days ago when 23-year-old New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin (photo), who up to that time had basically sat on the bench, stepped onto the hardwoods to lead his team to a 99-92 victory over the New Jersey Nets, scoring a very respectable 25 points, five rebounds, and seven assists.
While that performance was enough to garner some casual nods from sports writers and basketball insiders, Lin — who had previously been released by the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets, and been sent down to the lowly developmental league by the Knicks just weeks before — went on to score a total of 109 points in the next four games, leading the Knicks to victories over the Utah Jazz (28 points), the Washington Wizards (23 points), the Los Angeles Lakers (38 points to Kobe Bryant’s 34), and the Minnesota Timberwolves (20 points).
Click here to watch the video of Lin's performance against the Lakers.