Jeremy Lin and Tim Tebow? There's no comparison
The thing is, it's not even remotely a valid comparison. There are some parallels, but they are more related to the outside circumstances than the players themselves. It's not as offensive as Jason Whitlock's absurd racist comments, but it's pretty insane that anyone would compare Tebow and Lin.
As Bomani Jones said: "At some point, we're going to have to stop comparing Tim Tebow to real, live, competent, professional athletes."
He's completely right.
While the ignorant, uneducated mind might look at the mainstream media coverage of Lin and Tebow and instantly draw comparisons. However, they're completely different. From their background to their actual performance, they're polar opposites.
Tim Tebow was a highly recruited prospect out of high school, was the starting QB for a national champion football powerhouse, a Heisman Trophy winner, and a 1st round draft pick.
Lin played at Harvard, after he realized he wouldn't get an athletic scholarship, was undrafted, and was a journeyman for the first year of his NBA career.
Tebow's team won in spite of his horrible performance, and he put up some of the worst numbers out of anyone at his position in the entire NFL. Even Tebow himself realizes his delivery sucks.
In only 5 starts, Lin is putting up numbers that compare favorably to anyone in the league since the ABA/NBA merger. There are even people asking if he's the best point guard in the league.
It's easy for talking heads to take advantage of ignorant audiences and play to their emotions by evoking the name of the almighty Tebow, but at the end of the day it's just lazy journalism.
Tim Tebow was a fabricated phenomenon, built by those who wanted to see him succeed, and were determined to make the case for him no matter how poorly he played.
Jeremy Lin is doing something that we haven't seen before... and he's actually playing well. He's not perfect, but he has played better than most players in the league since first getting his chance.
Don't fool yourself into believing that the Jeremy Lin and Tim Tebow stories are similar. The media would love to feed it to you that way, but it's simply not the case.
Video H/T: Jeremy Lin makes a game-winning three, of course [The Basketball Jones]