Hip hop and basketball go together like nerds and comic book conventions. So it’s no surprise that the hero of this year's biggest NBA story – Jeremy Lin, an outspoken Christian, has connections to gospel rap music.
Last week, Jin, the former Freestyle Friday champ, Ruff Ryder, and 2 Fast 2 Furious actor, released a Christian rap song in honor of Mr. Lincredible. (With a game-winning 3-point shot over the Toronto Raptors, the athlete surpassed Shaquille O’Neal for the most points scored in his first five professional starts.)
Jin, who now includes his faith in most of his rhymes, obviously finds kinship with Lin on a few levels given that the New York Knick phenom is being heralded as the League’s version of Tim Tebow.
And on a related note, as fans across the nation are getting hip to “Linsanity,” the FUSE music network recently caught up with the kid to ask what’s in his iPod. The two names he dropped included worship band Hillsong United and Christian hip hop chart topper Lecrae.
Time will tell if his skills can propel the team to the playoffs, but for now, don’t be surprised if you see basketball fans across the world holding up signs that say “All He Does Is Lin!”
Sidenote: Some on Twitter have joked that God seems to favor a blue and orange color combo since it is used in the Knicks uniforms and in those of both Tebow’s college and professional sports teams. Perhaps those will be our robe colors when we get to heaven?