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Jeremy Lin, the New York Knicks' point guard, has been gaining notoriety in his first week starting for the team, yet he is still sleeping on the couches of friends and family members.
Lin recently admitted that although he is getting a great deal of attention for leading the Knicks' offense during his past three games, he does not yet have a home of his own. Instead, he has been staying with his brother and sleeping on the couch of teammate Landry Fields.
Josh, Lin's brother, who is a New York University dental student, spoke about his NBA player brother's living arrangements, telling The New York Times, "He has his own couch."
After his first starting game against the New Jersey Nets, Lin tweeted about having to stay with his teammate Landry Fields when his brother had company. Still, he thanked God for the opportunity to do so.
"God is good during our ups and downs! Glad we got the win," Lin tweeted. "Thanks to Landry Fields for letting me crash on his couch last night!"
Just a few weeks ago, Lin was playing in the D-league after the New York Knicks decided that he needed a little more time before entering the NBA. Before being acquired by the Knicks in December, Lin was dropped by both the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets.
Still, the Chinese-American NBA player turned his short stint in the D-league into an opportunity. After scoring a triple-double in a game with the D-league's Eerie Bayhawks, the Knicks seemed to welcome Lin back onto the team.
With injuries and issues in the point guard position, Lin was given his first opportunity to prove his worth in a win against the New Jersey Nets, Utah Jazz and most recently the Washington Wizards where he scored 23 points and a career-high 10 assists without help from absent all-star teammates Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire.
Lin said he is not concerned about proving his worth to anyone. Instead, he wants to contribute to the winning efforts of his team.
"It hasn't even been a week yet, so I'm not really too worried about that," Lin said. "I just want to make sure I do what I can to help the team win every time I step out on the floor. I'm not really too worried about proving anything to anybody right now."
It was not immediately clear why the 6-foot, 3-inch point guard is without a home, but his contract with the Knicks was guaranteed just this Tuesday.
Lin, who grew up in church, revealed in a 2010 interview that he "really" become a Christian while a freshman in high school, and views his athleticism as a way of bringing glory to God.