Taipei, Sept. 3 (CNA) NBA star Jeremy Lin, a devout Christian, shared with his Taiwanese fans a list of 13 things that he described as God working the miracle in his life and what led to "Linsanity," at an evangelical gathering Sunday in New Taipei City.
The first American-born NBA player of Taiwanese descent, who is on a nine-day visit in Taiwan, gave his testimony at the event titled "Jeremy Lin's miracle night" and told personal stories of how God has influenced his life.
Lin cited a string of events he believed to be the work of God, which led the then little-known point guard to shoot to fame in February when he helped the team he was with, the New York Knicks, win a string of victories.
On the list was Lin's failure to enter Stanford University, the university he preferred. He was instead recruited by Harvard University.
Then Lin was waived by the Houston Rockets in late 2011, which allowed him to be picked by the New York Knicks.
Later, he said, he was given a chance to play an NBA game in February because his other Knicks teammates were "so tired." That game eventually turned out to be his "breakout game", he added.
The 24-year-old told these stories to show how God helped him make his incredible rise from the New York Knicks bench to global stardom.
"If any one of the 13 things didn't happen, there would never have been Linsanity," he said. "That's God work in the miracle of my life."
Lin also shared with his audience the tough times during his rookie year in the NBA, when he was so depressed by his failure that he kept wondering why he was there.
But after his breakthrough games in February, he said "everything began to make sense." He said he understood "why I'm here."
"God has proven faithful to me in the highs and the lows in life," Lin added.
Reflecting Lin's immense popularity in Taiwan, the evangelical gathering attracted over 7,000 people who squeezed into the Xinzhuang Arena in New Taipei, according to Good TV Broadcasting Corp., which organized the event.
Among the audience was Esther You, who said it was touching to see Lin praise God even in times of sufferings. A Christian, the 19-year-old student is also a big basketball fan of Lin's.
Moris Yang, a 43-year-old mother who took her children to the event, said Lin's perseverance was inspiring.
"I will use Lin's story to encourage my children and my close friends," Yang added.
Lin visited Taiwan in early August and came back on Aug. 26, after going to China and Hong Kong for basketball promotional events and Christian gatherings.
He wrapped up a four-day basketball summer camp for a group of 120 young players in Taiwan on Aug. 30 and also attended a sponsor's event to debut his TV commercial two days later.
He is scheduled to depart Taiwan Monday afternoon.
Since his meteoric rise early this year with the New York Knicks, Lin has attracted widespread attention and signed a three-year, US$25.1 million contract with the Houston Rockets in July after the Knicks failed to match the offer.
(By Elaine Hou)