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So what is Jeremy Lin thinking about following his sudden rise to stardom and the Lin-mania that's gripping the country?
"I'm thinking about how I can trust God more," the 23-year-old New York Knicks guard told San Jose Mercury News. "How can I surrender more? How can I bring Him more glory?"
It's a fight, he said, but one he'll keep fighting.
"There is so much temptation to hold on to my career even more now," Lin admitted.
The 6'3 basketball player from Palo Alto, Calif., made the statements following five successive wins. Lin is an outspoken Christian and has made it no secret that he thanks God for everything in his life.
"Gutsy win...5 in a row! This team is so unselfish and has so much heart. Love playing with them! God is good!" he tweeted Saturday after the Knicks defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 100-98.
On top of leading his team to five wins, not to mention his career-high 38 points against the Lakers last week, Lin was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday by the NBA.
Over the course of four games played Feb. 6, through Feb. 12., Lin averaged 27.3 points, 8.3 assists and 2.0 steals. His 109 points over his first four career starts are the most by any player since 1976-77, and he became the first player in NBA history to tally at least 20 points and seven assists in each of his first four starts, according to an official release by the NBA.
It's hard to imagine it was just last year when Lin was suffering with doubts after being cut by the Warriors and the Rockets.
At that time, he placed what he calls "unnecessary pressure" on himself as he tried to prove himself, according to San Jose Mercury News.
It was during those hard moments, though, that he drew closer to God with daily devotionals and prayer.
And now, he says he's free.
"I've surrendered that to God. I'm not in a battle with what everybody else thinks anymore," he told the newspaper.