Thursday, February 16, 2012

Why is Lin Being Compared to Tebow?


Jeremy Lin is a Christian professional athlete, much like Tim Tebow. After that, the similarities really stop. Lin essentially came out of nowhere, was overlooked by countless basketball powerhouses, let alone average basketball schools. Tebow was getting looks from the best football schools in the country and once he went to Florida won two natty ships and a Heisman and could not have been more in the spotlight during his college years. Lin got some attention at Harvard (largely but not only because he was Asian-American) but nothing compared to Tebow.

Tebow got drafted and soon his jersey was the number one seller in the league. Lin didn't get drafted and was picked up and quickly released by both the Warriors and Rockets. In Tebow's first season, he started 3 games (lost 2 of them). His second season he played in 14 games and averaged 9 completions a game (dead last in the league(yes Curtis Painter had more)). Lin got very limited playing time his first year and in his second year as we all know he has been tearing it up. When he gets his minutes, he hasn't played a single bad game. Not one. Tebow looked like a high-schooler on so many plays this season it's not even funny.

Not to mention the fact that so many people hate Tebow and almost no one dislikes Lin. ESPN has jammed both their stories down our throats which can give anyone reason to dislike them, but the point is Lin has earned his position in the media and deserves to get talked about while Tebow was only talked about because of the religious-freak aspect of his off-the-field life and his unconventional (yet still not successful) playing style on the field.

Sorry. Had to get that off my chest.

14 comments:

  1. I was saying the same exact thing yesterday

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  2. one of the most brilliant things anyone has ever said about professional sports

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  3. Anti-Tebow people have no argument after the game he had against the Steelers. He's not a good quarterback (maybe one day he will be) but he found ways to win games and took a team that was 1-4 before he started, to the playoffs and beat the defending AFC champs.

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  4. The similarity is that they are both popular phenomena in their respective sports because they shouldn't have success at the level they are at. Tebow sucks as a quarterback yet he took his team to the playoffs and even won a game. Not only is Lin an Asian-American, he is a "rags to riches" type story, something that NEVER happens in the NBA. If there has ever been an undrafted superstar in the NBA, I've never heard of him.

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    1. Ben Wallace. Undrafted out of Virginia Union University. 4-time All-Star. 4-time Defensive Player of the Year. 5-time All-NBA Defensive Team selection. 5-time All-NBA Team selection. 4th among active players in total rebounds. Also 4th among active players in total blocks. NBA Champion with the Detroit Pistons in 2004. Has made over $83.4 million in his NBA career.

      Yeah, I'd call him an undrafted superstar in the NBA.

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    2. Ben Wallace is not a superstar and was never a superstar. He was an excellent defensive player for a few years but was always horrid offensively. Sure he has some nice defensive accolades but he is hardly a superstar. Even if he was, that's one guy in the history of the NBA. In every other major sport undrafted guys can be major difference makers on the professional level but in the NBA it's always high draft picks (and a few second rounders). Nothing like Lin.

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    3. Yo bro we can all use wikipedia but thanks for the summary. Calling him a superstar is a fucking joke he was a dank player but come one. People throw that word around way too much these days.

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  5. While "superstar" might not be the word to describe Ben Wallace, he was a pretty big deal in his prime, I would say roughly on the level of what Pau Gasol is today.

    And to the guy that wrote Anti-Tebow people have no argument after the Steelers game...you start your next sentence with "He's not a good quarterback..." Sooo we do have an argument?

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  6. Just had this conversation yesterday. The worst is that they're trying to cross over football stats and transpose them to basketball. Admit that they are two totally different athletes in their respective fields and move on.

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  7. Ben Wallace was not a good offensive player, so him being unknown going into his career made sense. That is not the case with Lin.

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  8. for 5 years Ben Wallace was the best player in the league at his position. that is consistent dominance. superstardom for sure. in his little mini 7-game, turnover-filled run right now, Lin isn't even top 5 in the league in his position for ONE year.

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  9. Shaq? Tim Duncan? Don't seriously try to make that argument.

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  10. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zExrVyTX_aw

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