Lakers vs Rockets – “October 28”

Well, the time has come. New season is about to begin. No time to build castle in the sky anymore, no time to fantasize this or that. Now it’s the moment to focus on the game. Let the court speaks, it always says the truth.

 

What a great present for this first game of the season: Los Angeles Lakers – Houston Rockets. Oh, the irony! And what surprises me the most is the date: October 28th. Probably, for most of you, this doesn’t sound like something special, but for me, and I think for Jeremy too, this day means a lot. How things can change …

 

On 10/28 Houston Rockets traded for James Harden. Some months ago they got Lin thru free agency, telling him he would’ve been the cornerstone of their team, the face of their franchise, putting his face all over the papers and internet sites and all over the Houston streets too. After James Harden landed in Houston, all these things were thrown apart. I remember perfectly that day…

 

It was Sunday. It was early morning here in Italy. I woke up a little late cause I wanted a little rest after an intense week of work. I turned on my mobile phone and think I went to jlinet to read some news about Jeremy and… JAMES HARDEN TO HOUSTON ROCKETS! At first I thought, wow! This is huge!!! I was excited: Jeremy could play with one of the rising stars in NBA. The perfect backcourt: Lin dishes assists and Harden fires from 3. That day, for me, wasn’t a normal one. And still is. Oh no, this time I’m not talking about Jeremy…

 

On October 28th, more than ten years ago, my father passed away. I was a little more than a teenager that time. It’s something I wouldn’t wish to my worst enemy. I remember all the pains, all the questions in my head… why? I used to deal with this pain for several years… ‘til Jesus made his appeareance. After I started to trust Jesus, everything seemed more clear. I found my answers, at least some of them, but I started to build peace inside me. That peace who made grow the part of my father I never thought I had inside me.

 

So, to me, that trade, happened on that day, it was a sign from my father. It was his present for me, who was, and still am, a very big Lin fan. But I was so damned wrong… Those two seasons in Houston were a complete nightmare: James Harden turned out to be one of the worse ballhog in NBA and the worst primadonna I’ve ever seen on a basketball court. And do we wanna talk about the management? We wouldn’t say anything new apart the things we’ve been saying from two years.

 

Today I think that Houston time was a time of passage. A time in which Jeremy grew up and improved as a basketball player. In a certain way, like me, on the very same day. Sometime you have to handle some troubles to reach the next stage. That stage to me was getting mature, grow up as a man. For Jeremy was to learning to grow as a basketball player.

 

And so we are. Lakers-Rockets. October 28th. What has God set for Jeremy and for us this time? Oh well, this time I’m not gonna make predictions! I will just enjoy my favourite basketball player on the court, playing his unselfish basketball, with smiles on his face, dishing assists for every member of the team, from the star player to the one who most of people consider scrub. I’m gonna be here, sitting on my pc, trying to find some live games to see or having sleepless nights thinking about what kind of match Jeremy is playing while I’m sleeping.

 

Ok, I can see you. I wrote too much. Just a few lines and I stop. I want to ask you just one thing: please, all of you, if you believe or not, say a prayer before the game. Ask God to give strength, courage and faith to Jeremy to face this new season in one of the biggest basketball team in the world, if not the biggest. And may Jeremy, with his plays on the court, convert the majority of people all over the world. How will it end? God knows. And, as always, it’s the right way.

 

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  • Michael

    All is good..

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Jeremy Lin FB Update:
    LA Lakers season starts tomorrow! Some of my thoughts on preseason:
    http://www.jlin7.com/blogs/journal/15711312-thoughts-on-preseason

  • blubell

    Is it? 😛

  • blubell

    I alway enjoy reading your post.
    Trusting in God is very important which Jeremy has done and he is at a better place mentally/physically as a result. We should do the same. Thank you for sharing!
    Your post is very apropo and bellissimo 🙂

  • Brent Yen

    I started a new blog post for this

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Great!

  • Michael

    So you would say this article hit the spot?

  • blubell

    Spot on.

  • Maknusia
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  • wandertheglobe

    He didn’t even mention Ronnie Price. LOL.

  • Spot, I like the reflective article with a good reminder to simply enjoy the 10/28 game tomorrow.
    Life is not guaranteed so we might as well treasure every bit of time :] Well-said!

    We don’t know what tomorrow holds but we know who holds tomorrow.
    I’m gonna say my prayer for Lin to simply play to the best of his ability and a little more .. :>

  • KYP (Know Your Personnel) is the theme.

    It’s very curious to see Ronnie Price and Ed Davis missing from the list.

  • Maknusia

    Lakers would need to come out strong in taking 3s and jumpers, since the paint will be clogged with DH, DMo and probably CC (not sure how he plays). We dont have bigs to counter 🙁

  • Maknusia

    Practice: Jeremy Lin (10/27/14)
    http://www.nba.com/lakers/video/141027LinPractice

  • Maknusia

    Practice: Byron Scott (10/27/14)
    http://www.nba.com/lakers/video/141027BryonPractice

  • Maknusia
  • BobbyH

    Great post. Though I am not a Christian, I will give my best wishes to Lin and all the fans here. Let’s enjoy the game.

  • 7iger

    Congrats, hardship make a man out of boy.

  • webattorney

    Good honest post. I enjoy watching any type of sports drama, especially where the subject is in a very unique spot. It sort of detracts fun for me if I start thinking in religious terms, because sports is just sports in that there is a sense of immediacy to the result, and I don’t really take it too seriously. Whether Lakers and Lin get crushed, or whether they squeak out a win, ultimately when the fun movie is over, we go back to our real lives and fight the real battles. Whether Lakers win or lose, the good or bad feeling only lasts for me 1 minute.

  • webattorney

    If Lakers can get Dwight into foul trouble quickly, maybe the game will be close.

  • Brent Yen

    Mostly likily the opposite will happen. Harden and D12 making like 50 FTs

  • This “Jeremy Lin’s Journey Home” video is so fitting to celebrate the 1st start of Jeremy Lin in a Lakers jersey.

    His journey has come full circle from playing his best game as a rookie against the Lakers as a GSW rookie
    Sun Nov 21 2010 GSW@LAL, L 89-117
    13pts (4-9FG, 5-5 FT)/2asts/3rebs/2stls, in only 18 min

    Let’s hope history will repeat itself with a memorable performance by JLin in his 1st regular season game wearing a Lakers jersey!