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Jeremy Lin, New York Knicks starting point guard, recently spoke to sportscaster Ahmad Rashaad to discuss various topics including how he can improve, about having trouble fitting in, and his miraculous journey in the NBA.
Lin, 23, was featured on the NBA's latest episode of "One on One with Ahmad Rashad," where the host called the Asian-American's point guard's rise to fame "the most improbably rags to riches tale." However, Lin's Christian faith inspired him to call his past few months with the knicks miraculous.
"I can't really explain it. I can only say it's a miracle because really no one saw it coming," Lin said. "I can't take credit for anything really, it's all out of my control. How did I end up in New York?"
Lin went on to speak about the injuries of Iman Shumpert, the only other qualified Knicks point guard who former head coach Mike D'Antoni had been choosing to start games. According to Lin, the Houston Rockets team decided to waive him on the day the other Knicks guard got hurt which ultimately gave the Harvard graduate an opportunity.
"The day the Rockets released me Iman gets hurt," Lin explained. "Things out of my control really had to happen so that I could be sitting here talking to you."
Although Lin joked around about his handshake with teammate Landry Fields and his inability to decide what he would name his future book, he got serious when speaking about the criticism that many people have about him - his high number of turnovers. The second year point guard, who has gotten most of his playing time this season, admitted that he would have to make some adjustments.
"At some point in time I'm going to adjust. I'm going to realize that doesn't work, this doesn't work," Lin said. "How am I going to eliminate bad tendencies, bad habits? Good things will happen, obviously bad things too. I just need to make sure that I change my approach."
However, Lin was not always sure about his position on a team. When playing for the Golden State Warriors, the Knicks guard said he worried about fitting in.
"Last year I really tried to fit in, to change my game for my team. This year I told myself I want to make sure I play my brand of basketball," Lin said. "I want to make sure what I keep doing is my strength and I play the way I'm supposed to play. I'm just glad it turned out the way it did."