Jeremy Lin is staying away from social media this week to focus his attention on Jesus Christ. Lin wants to remove all the distractions at the moment to strengthen his belief even more by putting more time on praying.
In an email sent by Lin to his online prayer group, via the Gospel Herald, the Brooklyn Nets star asked for prayers to help him weed out disturbances in his Christian life. Jeremy is known for his strong faith, and he has been very vocal about it ever since stepping into the spotlight in 2012 during his “Linsanity” run with the New York Knicks.
“This week, I am fasting from checking any social media (if I posted anything, it’s because I asked my friend to post for me) in hopes of removing some of the distracting voices of the world that compete for my attention with Christ I want to invest more time in prayer and writing notes/requests in my prayer journal. I’m hoping that by the end of the week, I will be really locked in on Christ and basking in His presence.”
Jeremy Lin has millions of followers on several major social media platforms. Lin has around 3.8 million likes on Facebook, 2.38 million followers on Twitter and 1.2 million followers on Instagram. Millions of Chinese fans also follow Jeremy on the country’s own social media platforms like Weibo.
The 28-year-old point guard also wants prayers for his team as they started to get ready for their annual tour of Asia this summer. Lin noted that this year’s Asia tour is going to be his best visit ever and they are undergoing a lot of stress preparing for it.
“My team and I have been working really hard trying to get a lot of this stuff done for the fans, but I need to remember to surrender the results to God versus trying to micromanage, stress and worry about everything. Also, prayer for my team that we would have patience and love for each other through the process because it’s always a stressful time planning for the Asia Tour.”
Jeremy Lin has been touring Asia every offseason since 2012, visiting countries like China, Taiwan, and the Philippines. Lin spent a week in his native country of Taiwan and two more weeks in China last year, as reported by Focus Taiwan News Channel.
The Nets star did a lot of work last year including basketball clinics, charity events, meet-and-greets with fans, and promotional appearances for his tour’s sponsors. Lin also spoke about his Christian faith in a gathering and inspired attendees by sharing his success story.
As for his play on the court, Jeremy Lin averaged 14.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.1 steals in 36 games this season. Lin shot 43.8 percent from the field and a career-high 37.2 percent from behind the arc. Jeremy missed a total of 46 games in his first year in Brooklyn because of injuries to his right hamstring and right ankle.
Brooklyn finished the season with the worst record in the NBA at 20-62, but they do not have a top selection in this year’s NBA Draft. However, Nets Daily reported that the team is looking to surround Jeremy Lin and Brook Lopez with top players from Europe.
Some of the players being linked to the Nets include CSKA Moscow star Milos Teodosic, Facundo Campazzo of UCAM Murcia and Cervena Zvezda star Stefan Jovic. These three players are point guards, and they serve as insurance if Lin goes down again with an injury.
They could be used beside Jeremy Lin on offense next season, and Jeremy even approves the signing of more established players from Europe or free agency this offseason. The Nets played great when Lin, their starting point guard, was on the court.
Jeremy Lin was the difference maker in a great run in the final two months of the regular season. Lin led the Nets to a respectable record of 11-13 for March and April to finish the season on a high note.
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