(NYDAILYNEWS) — The conversation was simple and innocent − and somehow dangerous − all at once.
Just moments after his Knicks had beaten the Nets at the Garden on Feb. 4, Jeremy Lin excitedly called Stephen Chen, his pastor of 10 years. The Knicks’ new point guard had just seen his first extended playing time in New York, pouring in 25 points in a win, and he could barely contain himself.
He didn’t care much about his performance, Chen says, but he desperately wanted to talk to his pastor about being “truly blessed.”
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“He was ecstatic,” Chen recalls. “He just said, ‘I’m just ... so thankful.’ To even have a shot in the NBA, that’s a blessing from God. To even be sitting on the bench to play garbage minutes, that’s a blessing. To be playing that much? That’s truly a blessing.”