Jeremy Lin and Tim Tebow have injected a fascinating and controversial dynamic into the sport conversation: devoutly Christian pro athletes who wear their religion on their sleeves and give credit to God for their success.
During an interview with Brandon Steiner of Steiner Sports sponsored by the New York Times Tuesday in New York, Lin said he "absolutely" believes divine intervention was at work in the birth of "Lin-sanity."
As we all know by now, the undrafted point guard out of Harvard was cut by two NBA teams before reaching stardom with the New York Knicks.
The 6-3, 200-pound Lin talked about God playing a role in his success, from being born to two 5-6 immigrant parents from Taiwan to his older brother saving him from drowning at age 5 to the serendipity of making his mark against No. 1 pick John Wall of the Washington Wizards in the NBA Summer League.
Then after Knicks rookie Iman Shumpert got hurt, the struggling Knicks picked up Lin off the garbage bin -- igniting a worldwide phenomenon as the NBA's first Taiwanese-American player led the losing Knicks back into playoff contention.
"I'd like to say I controlled everything everything and did everything right. And that's why this has happened. But I really can't. I'd be the first to admit that," Lin told Steiner.