Jeremy Lin game-winning shot against the Raptors; Tim Tebow comparisons are ridiculous

Jeremy Lin and Tim Tebow? There's no comparison

2/15/12 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

After another ridiculous game with Jeremy Lin heroics resulting in a win for the Knicks, one of the most recent talking points for ESPN has been a comparison between Jeremy Lin and Tim Tebow. Perhaps because of insane game-winners like this one:




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]
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2/16/12   |   scquwi1   |   1227 respect

WhoDat12 wrote:
The only thing you can compare between the two is the phenomenon. Tim Tebow played on two national championship teams at Florida, won a Heisman, and was drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft (even if it was an astronomical reach). Based on the pedigree, he should succeed at a high level. It's what is expected of him.  Lin was basically occupying a roster spot before being inserted into the lineup.  No one expected Lin to play at this high level at all. Even with the Knicks having basically no guards, he was still an afterthought until recently. Lin & Tebow are both phenoms, but there is no comparison between the two.  To me, there is a stronger comparison between Jeremy Lin & Kurt Warner. Warner went from being a stock boy to a Super Bowl MVP.

You have missed the point of what people are saying. They made it clear that Lin and Tebow won in high school and coillege even though they were told they could not make it at that level. Tebow playing for the team he did got noctice more and was drafted. Holding a roster spot, both of them was doing that, look at everyone last year was saying Tebow wont play and would just sit. Then was given a chance to play just like Lin. Warner you czan compare they struggle to get there is the same, but he did not take a team that was losing and turn them into winners, and so the nation did not get behind and go crazy, with either it is a fluke or we love him. Great story but no where near the same, if you where going with that you could mention Victor Cruz., Wes Welker, James Harrison, Rod Smith, John randle, who all went undrafted

2/16/12   |   scquwi1   |   1227 respect

Pat wrote:
Except Tebow played like crap, and Lin is actually excelling.

Again you are wrong Lin is not excelling he has been about the same all 7 games, but then again I did not expect you to know or understand that. You would be right Tebow had no supporting cast in Denver as for Lin does, and a coach who gave him a shot and wants him to succeed there.

2/16/12   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

The only thing you can compare between the two is the phenomenon. Tim Tebow played on two national championship teams at Florida, won a Heisman, and was drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft (even if it was an astronomical reach). Based on the pedigree, he should succeed at a high level. It's what is expected of him.  Lin was basically occupying a roster spot before being inserted into the lineup.  No one expected Lin to play at this high level at all. Even with the Knicks having basically no guards, he was still an afterthought until recently. Lin & Tebow are both phenoms, but there is no comparison between the two.  To me, there is a stronger comparison between Jeremy Lin & Kurt Warner. Warner went from being a stock boy to a Super Bowl MVP.

2/16/12   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

ESPN ruins careers, it doesn't make them

2/15/12   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

scquwi1 wrote:
LOL quoting Bomani Jones right there tells you all you need to know. He is like Micheal Smith a walking concardiction there is a lot of thing you can compare Tebow and Lin too. You are right their back grounds are differrent and one was drafted and was recuited out of high school. Both were told they could not play at the next level, because of the systems they were in, did not show what they could do. Lin in Golden State and Tebow this year, still given the chance this year Tebow won with a team that was losing and seem to play real flat, Lin did the same with the Knicks. Lin was about to be cut, Tebow said to 4th string QB and beat the odds on being a starter. Both have many flaws in their game, and has had others step up make big plays and the other teams seem to make mistakes at the wrong times to give both Tebow and Lin and lead to thier respective teams in postion to win. Wow you are right nothign in common and only a fool would say that there is nothing to compare them too. Oh well, should not expect much from some.

Except Tebow played like crap, and Lin is actually excelling.

2/15/12   |   scquwi1   |   1227 respect

LOL quoting Bomani Jones right there tells you all you need to know. He is like Micheal Smith a walking concardiction there is a lot of thing you can compare Tebow and Lin too. You are right their back grounds are differrent and one was drafted and was recuited out of high school. Both were told they could not play at the next level, because of the systems they were in, did not show what they could do. Lin in Golden State and Tebow this year, still given the chance this year Tebow won with a team that was losing and seem to play real flat, Lin did the same with the Knicks. Lin was about to be cut, Tebow said to 4th string QB and beat the odds on being a starter. Both have many flaws in their game, and has had others step up make big plays and the other teams seem to make mistakes at the wrong times to give both Tebow and Lin and lead to thier respective teams in postion to win. Wow you are right nothign in common and only a fool would say that there is nothing to compare them too. Oh well, should not expect much from some.

2/15/12   |   anthonyrichardlouisnaught   |   1753 respect

I love the fact that he is a reclamation project buried on the bench and is now riding like the King of NY (sorry, Eli) with what has to be a Hollywood-type script being played out (are you reading this, Spike?) before our very eyes. And he is doing it in the Mecca of Basketball, the Madison Square Garden. Amazing.