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Jeremy Lin, New York Knicks starting point guard who rose to fame two months ago and recently announced a possible season-ending surgery, admitted that he was disappointed with his circumstances but leaning on God and the Bible for support.
Lin, a 23-year-old Asian-American Knicks player who was waived by two NBA teams and sent to the D-League before putting up big numbers for the Knicks, said it was hard for him to watch his team play since he couldn't contribute.
"It's disappointing for me. It's hard to watch the games," Lin said in a Madison Square Garden press conference on Saturday. "And I think I want to be out there, obviously, more than anything, to help the team. Hopefully I can come back as soon as possible and still contribute this season."
Still, the Harvard graduate admitted that his recovery from a torn left meniscus would require surgery that would leave him off the court for at least six weeks. Although Lin attempted to get at least three opinions regarding his knee injury that seemed to get worse over time, he spoke about the potential season-ending surgery being a part of a divine plan.
"It's just another bump in the road. Everything happens for a reason and God has a perfect plan," Lin said during the press conference. "I'm just gonna continue to do everything I can to make sure I come back."
Still, Lin spoke about the level of emotions that he faced as a starting player on the Knicks with the rise of his record-breaking career in which he earned a starting position for the first time, to the criticism, large amount of publicity, abrupt change of coaching staff and scheduling of his very first surgery that could threaten his season.
"This season... it's had a lot of downs, a lot of ups. At the end of the day, I'm still thankful to be here," Lin said. "I think as a team we're doing ok and we're going to be just fine. But it's obviously been a very emotional year."
The injured guard who averaged 14.1 points and 6.1 assists during the season and helped his team get over .500 also reaffirmed his faith on Twitter during the trying time in his budding career.
"Thanks for all the love! I'll return from this surgery stronger/better than before and hopefully in time for the playoffs," Lin said.
The California native also tweeted a biblical passage, Ecclesiastes 3:1 and11 (NIV), which states, "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens... He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end."