Jeremy Lin has been waiting for this opportunity since he was a kid. Overlooked by major college programs, Lin had the good fortune to end up at Harvard — a place that paved Lin’s unlikely road to the NBA. (There just aren’t a lot of Harvard guys in the league.) Finally, after a mesmerizing burst of NYC Linsanity and journeyman success in Houston, LA and Charlotte, Lin arrived in Brooklyn this summer with a $36 million contract and a starting spot at point guard. Dream come true, yes, but Lin’s dream was rudely interrupted by a hamstring injury that knocked him out of action, and then a second hamstring hit that knocked him out again.
Lin, a devout Christian, is trying to balance his ferocious urge to compete and control his own destiny with his faith, which urges the “full surrender of my greatest dreams,” as Lin wrote on Instagram. So while Lin is receiving top-notch medical treatment from Nets physicians, he also must practice painstaking patience because the hamstring is a dangerous injury with a tendency to turn chronic. Lin wrote that the year has so far been “very painful physically/mentally/emotionally” and reminds himself, his fans and his teammates that all must “trust in His perfect timing.”