Jeremy Lin just signed a new contract to play for the Brooklyn Nets. He will make $36 million over three years, which represents a 600 percent increase over his last contract. Lin responded by thanking the fans from his old team and the owner of the new team. Then he took to Twitter. These are his surprising words.
After thanking the Hornets for signing him last year, he wrote, “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him – Psalm 37:7.” Then he added, “Don’t miss today because you’re worried about tomorrow. Today is a gift.”
The 27-year-old Lin, who played last season in Charlotte, averaged 11.7 points a game. The new three-year deal will provide the former Harvard University guard with a little more stability moving forward in his career, as he has played for three different teams over the last three seasons and has been on five different teams since entering the NBA in 2010.
Signing with Brooklyn allows Lin to reunite with Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson, who was one of Lin’s assistant coaches when he played with the New York Knicks in 2011-2012. Over that span, Lin averaged 14.6 points and 6.2 assists per game. It was when Lin was with the Knicks that the “Linsanity” craze got started and he became a more recognized sports name by unexpectedly leading the Knicks to a winning record in the 2011-2012 season.
I knew Jeremy when he played for the Houston Rockets and I was one of their team chaplains. I’ve never known a more genuine Christ-follower. He always made time for kids, took pictures with fans, and signed autographs for the masses. Jeremy knew the ushers by their first names and would even stop and pray over low-paid team personnel when no one was watching.
Congratulations on your new contract, Jeremy. No one deserves it more.