Love and Basketball (My Ode and Caution to Jeremy Lin)

I love basketball. I love it. I get all giggly inside when I get the chance to run with the guys, talk smack, point fingers, and “oooh” and “ahhh” with the rest of them. I love that the game can grow with however many people are there and people of various skill/effort levels can participate. It’s just one of those games/sports you can invite people to join in, even right in the middle of the game. It’s a great game.

But I have to admit, I’m terrible at it. Don’t have a reliable jumper. Turn it over like pancakes. Can’t dribble.  I just sweat a lot. Basically, I’m the equivalent of a human folding chair that players use to dribble around in practice. But what can I say, I love the game.

And now, though I’ve been watching him with hope and anticipation for some time now,  Jeremy Lin has struck the NBA like lightning. And suddenly this game  I love is now featuring this guy that could have been one of my youth kids, it could be one of my college friends, and in some fantasy world, it could have been me. [Read more...]

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Jeremy Lin & Asian American Male Sexuality

I have to join in on the conversation here.  First of all, I’m excited and proud to see all the attention Jeremy Lin is getting, not only because he’s an Asian American and a Christian, but because he has worked so hard and shown such courage to get where he is today.  And because, as described in the previous post, he has serious talent!  That’s just fun to watch.

Growing up, I feel like there was a lack of representation of Asian American men in popular culture, that I could look up to.  And that kind of thing is really important in one’s childhood… to see positive images of people you can relate to.  I rooted so hard for Yul Kwon, the first Asian American winner of the hit reality show, Survivor, and felt so validated when he outmuscled and outstrategized his competition.  And today, I love seeing Jeremy Lin tear up the court, proving all his doubters wrong.

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An open letter to Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin: you don’t have to be Tim Tebow

by Timothy Lo on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 3:20pm

I’ve been seeing and hearing lots of comments about Lin in the NBA being like Tebow in the NFL. I’m not sure exactly what the correlation is supposed to be, except that it probably has something to do with being a Christian. But I, personally, don’t want Lin to be the Tebow of the NBA…

I think many Asian-Americans, especially males, have tried to fit into America and are still trying to be accepted by the general Caucasian culture (or the African-American culture, as it might be in the NBA). In that sense, I hope that Lin doesn’t feel the pressure to BE like anyone, but just be himself. I actually get choked up when I see his highlights, because Lin is shattering the typical Asian-American stereotypes (he’s not an immigrant like Yao Ming, Dice-K, or many others) that I grew up with. If his success continues, he will redefine perception and be a trailblazer himself. I don’t know what it looks like, or what it will do for Asian-Americans. But he has much more on his shoulders and in his potential than Tim Tebow does, because he is not only Christian, but an Asian-American Christian.

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Is Jeremy Lin the next Tim Tebow for Basketball?

Ok folks – let’s get started with a hot topic in sports and Christianity.  For those of you who do not know who this young man is, please CLICK on this pix, to go to his own personal website.

Lots of good tid bits of who he is and his mission in life.  Interestingly, a Taiwanese American from NoCal goes to Harvard (go figure), plays basketball, and ends up having the 2 best career games on the main stage of Madison Square Garden in NYC (Highlights Game 1 NJ, Game 2 Utah)- after sitting on the bench most of his rookie year in Golden State last year.  So aside from being another Asian bball player we root for, why are we going nuts over this stud?

If he wasn’t drafted by any NBA team, Jeremy would have ended up being a pastor for Asian American ministries.  Heavily active in his faith and outspoken (Time magazine article), you start to wonder, is he the next Tim Tebow of the NBA?

I am sure this conversation will spark some interest, and I want to know if there is something about Christianity mixing with Sports.  Is there room for the limelight and the stage for God to display His Glory to the world?  Do we dare ask if God cares enough to control outcomes…meaning the more success Tim Tebow or Jeremy Lin wins, the more we talk about God and Faith in sports?  Let the questions and the comments begin….

 

Other crazy highlights:

John Wall #1 pick vs J-Lin at the Summer NBA camp

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Yao Ming's Toe and the Church

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Photo and article reference from CRIEnglish.com

Yao Ming is the premiere Asian basketball in the world and it's been quite rewarding for Asian Americans who enjoy basketball so much to have someone to root for. Of course, not all of us can relate to being 7'6" and wearing size 16 shoes. But there is a certain demeanor and sportsmanship about Yao Ming that is familiar, admirable, and well, consistent. Interestingly enough, because Yao exhibits the quiet resolution and even-keel temperament typical of many Asians, I had always felt that there was a correlation that could be made between Yao and the Asian American church. It happens to be in the toes. [Read more...]

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