Haslem: Lin asked us to pray he didnt get cut in chapel

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Haslem: Lin asked us to pray he didnt get cut in chapel
 

 
Dave Hyde: Heat's Haslem tells a story that puts Lin's run with Knicks in context

Feb. 22, 2012, 8:36 p.m. CST

McClatchy/Tribune - MCT Information Services



MIAMI _ Every once in a while you have a small story that's so perfect it puts a big story in the proper context. Udonis Haslem had such a story Wednesday after practice about Jeremy Lin.

By now, with Linsanity part of the sports Lin-go, everyone knows the absurdly wonderful effect of his emergence. It has all the elements of a Disney script.

It's why we fall in love with sports.

Lin has started 10 NBA games and been on two Sports Illustrated covers. He has nearly doubled New York Knicks' TV ratings. He makes $9,295 per game, but one of his game jerseys sold for $40,000.

He's a Harvard grad. He's American-Asian. He's Roy Hobbs. He's Sidd Finch. He went undrafted in a sport where any player with potential is drafted and first entered most NBA team's consciousness during a summer stint he had with Dallas.

"We had a game after his, and we heard all this noise from the fans during it," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "(2010 No. 1 pick) John Wall was playing in that game, so we just figured the noise was for him."

It wasn't for Wall. It was for Lin. He outplayed the No. 1 pick. But that's not the story Haslem wants to talk about. That day didn't even have an effect on Dallas. It didn't keep Lin for training camp.

No other team did, either.

Lin spent a while in the minor leagues before signing with Golden State, but was released. Ditto with Houston. He then signed with the Knicks and sat at the end of the bench.

In late January, he played in just one game during a seven-game stretch. That appearance was the definition of garbage time: The final six minutes of a 33-point win against Charlotte.

That's when the Knicks came to AmericanAirlines Arena on Jan. 27th. This is where Haslem tells his story.

"Before each game, I go to chapel," Haslem said.

It is held an hour before tip-off in a small room between the two teams' locker rooms. A handful of players attend. A pastor oversees it and typically asks the players if there's anything they want to pray for.

Often, players talk of health or loved ones or maybe a friend going through a tough time. Haslem has been attending these chapels for eight NBA seasons and has heard it all.

Until this one.

Lin did something Haslem never heard before.

"Can you pray I don't get cut?" Lin told the pastor and other players.

This wasn't a joke or a passing thought. Lin already was cut twice, after all. He felt he was at the end again.

Haslem never had played against Lin, never talked with him, never even seen him before this chapel. But he looked at him that night and immediately appreciated his story.

Haslem knows what it's like to go undrafted, to be not wanted by any team and forge a career through hard work and self-belief.

"I understood where he was coming from," Haslem said.

The pastor prayed for Lin that night. Haslem did, too. Then Lin went out and did what he usually did. He didn't play in the Heat's win.

"But a week later it was da-da-da," Haslem says, giving the ESPN SportsCenter entry noise.


Lin scored 25 against the Nets. He then had 38 against the Lakers. And hit a game-winner against Toronto.

He kept the improbable on the court by leading the Knicks to victory and the impossible off it by making them a lovable team for the first time in decades.

Now he's a known story. Something called the Harvard Sports Collective Analysis compared his effect on ticket prices to Tim Tebow's effect (Lin has made a greater effect). There's a movement for him to play for China in the Olympics.

Haslem will go to chapel again before Thursday's game. He expects Lin will be there, too. Maybe they'll trade hellos. Maybe not.

But Haslem is sure one thing has changed in 27 days since they last sat there.

"I don't think he'll be praying not to get cut," he says.



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 Dave Hyde: Heat's Haslem tells a story that puts Lin's run with Knicks in context | nola.com


Tired of alot of the Lin sh*t but this story was a good one...

53 comments for "Haslem: Lin asked us to pray he didnt get cut in chapel"

 6 years ago '10        #2
eightytyson06 39 heat pts39
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Da da dun lol
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i love my point god
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based haslem passing along his ability to go undrafted and make it
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Thats a cool story, I'm excited for tonights game
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Gonna be a good game...ima be late cuz i got a date with Insanity at 6:30...
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This story has renewed my faith in God.
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Good story I wish he was our pg
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 P-Hill said:
This story has renewed my faith in God.


*keeps thoughts to self about religion*





Good story tho
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 Agentzer0oo0 said:


*keeps thoughts to self about religion*





Good story tho



I'm joking
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 DCoop04 said:
Good story I wish he was our pg
imagine the backlash if he left the Knicks...
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funny how TS ended a story about chapel and christian players by saying sh*t lol
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God must be good
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Respect, Haslem one of my favorite players, and Young Jeremy
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Touching stuff thats my point god
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thats some real sh*t..respect
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 dj ac said:
Touching stuff thats my point god

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