Tag:Tim Tebow
Posted on: February 23, 2012 8:43 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2012 8:47 pm

Report: Lin and Tebow have "connected"

Lin and Tebow: BFFs. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore 

It was inevitable really. If you're a young, warm and fuzzy rising star who professes your Christian faith proudly, you're going to get compared to Tim Tebow. If you admit you're a fan of his, even more so. So it is with Jeremy Lin, who has called Tim Tebow an inspiration, and has apparently connected with Tebow by phone. That is the word, "connected" which People Magazine used in their report on the two becoming BFFs forever.  
"They've spoken over the telephone. Jeremy's been a fan of Tebow's for a while, but only recently were they able to connect," says Tam of Lin, who's followed Tebow since his quarterback days on the national champion University of Florida football team.

"His comment to me was that Tim is a really great guy and that he's very inspired by him," adds Tam.

On Feb. 20 at the Cartoon Network's Hall of Game awards, Tebow told ESPN: "I've had the pleasure of getting to know him over the last few weeks and what a great guy he is."
via Jeremy Lin, Tim Tebow: Buddies : People.com.

This is news because people care about Jeremy Lin and people care about Tim Tebow. Tebow can't help Lin fix his turnovers, or on how to be a champion, or any of that. He can probably provide help on how to deal with media scrutiny and intensity, but in reality, these two have friends who are and are not Christians, and there's nothing surprising about this. It's a nice story, though, since Lin and Tebow are two who have a unique understanding of being professionals with intense love and scrutiny, being somehow quality players in their sports (well, Lin anyway) and icons for cultural adoration

In short, Tebow and Lin, best friends for life. Or something.
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:49 pm
Edited on: February 9, 2012 4:14 pm

Jeremy Lin says Tebow is an inspiration to him

Jeremy Lin is kind of sort of the NBA's version of Tim Tebow. (Getty Images)
Posted by Royce Young

Linsanty, meet Tebow Mania.

Jeremy Lin's explosion onto the NBA scene isn't quite to the 24/7 talk that followed around Tim Tebow, but in terms of NBA storylines, it's about as close as we're going to get. The only thing that might be able to match it is if Jimmer Fredette started scoring 25 points a game in the fourth quarter while leading the Kings to a 10-game win streak.

For now, it's Linsanity. This is a guy that was cut from two NBA teams (the Warriors and Rockets, with GM Daryl Morey admitting today on Twitter he messed up on Lin), is sleeping on a teammate's couch and wasn't entirely sure he wasn't going to get cut by the Knicks yesterday. Lin joined 95.7 The Game in San Francisco to talk about his rise to fame, including a person he draws some inspiration from -- one Timothy Tebow:
“Actually a lot of inspiration just because [Tebow's] such a polarizing figure but I think the things he says in interviews, his approach to the game is just unbelievable and I respect him so much. I want to be able to do some of the things that he does in terms of the amount of charity work and the non-profit work, and the way he impacts people off the field. I think that is what is most inspiring to me about him.”
Getting to know Jeremy Lin

Like Tebow, Lin wears his faith on his sleeve a bit. He mentioned God quite a bit during the interview and his Twitter bio says, "to know Him is to want to know Him more," with his profile picture being Jesus talking to a man on a bench. Lin hasn't spawned the jokes or putdowns that came with Tebow, but he definitely relates.

Lin, a Harvard grad that didn't get a single scholarship offer out of high school and went undrafted, isn't afraid to say he's surprised by his success.
“Yeah definitely true. I can’t sit here and say I knew this would happen or something like that. I think it’s something that I’ve been working towards to try to kind of establish myself in the rotation but to have this happen so fast has been miraculous and I’m just so thankful to God, my teammates, and this organization for giving me this opportunity. It’s been an unbelievable week.”
He's getting his shot now and he's taking advantage of it. In his three games playing prominant minutes with the Knicks, he's averaging 25.3 points and 8.3 assists. The Knicks have won three straight games, two coming without Amar'e Stoudemire or Carmelo Anthony. It's still early on in Linsanity and things could chill at any moment.

But for now, Lin's living the dream. And sleeping on a teammate's couch.

Via Sports Radio Interviews
Posted on: January 14, 2012 1:25 am
Edited on: January 14, 2012 1:31 am

LeBron James listens to Rick Ross' Tim Tebow rap

Posted by Ben Golliver

LeBron James not only relates to Tim Tebow, he turns to rap songs about him for inspiration.

During a Thursday night game between the Miami Heat and the Denve Nuggets, an ESPN broadcast revealed that James listened to a Rick Ross rap song about the Denver Broncos star quarterback before the game for inspiration.

The song included the following lyrics, according to the broadcast, and James was reportedly rapping these words out loud.

"Thought I wouldn't make it, now I'm winning -- Timothy Tebow / 
Fourth quarter I'm back, fourth quarter in fact /
Fourth quarter, that's that."

The song is titled, "F*** em."

Earlier Friday, James told the Palm Beach Post that he relates to Tebow because they both face intense scrutiny. 
"He's one of the most intriguing, competitive athletes that we have today," James said. "He's all about winning, and he praises everybody but himself. He's a very humble guy, and I respect that, all the way back from when I watched him when he was coming off the bench at Florida behind Chris Leak, all the way to him winning the Heisman, winning the national championship, to now starting for the Broncos."

"You know, I'm one of those guys who has been in those shoes before, as well," James said. "Still in that boat, where a lot of people doubt you, and you've just got to try to prove them wrong. So I understood a lot of what he's going through, what he went through, and it's good to see him have success now. You want to see greatness, you always want to see guys succeed. Especially when people count you out from Day 1. That's what I love about him. I always tweet about him. He's always great to watch. I try to catch all the Broncos games when I can, if my Cowboys are not playing."
Tebow is already developing a reputation for his fourth quarter comebacks. James, though, is still trying to shake the label that his best performances don't come in the clutch. Earlier this week, he struggled down the stretch of an overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, missing multiple free throws and committing a costly foul.

Here's the video report of LeBron James listening to a Rick Ross rap about Tim Tebow.

Posted on: January 11, 2012 12:16 pm
Edited on: January 11, 2012 12:25 pm

Barkley: Enough with Tebow

By Matt Moore

Charles Barkley is no stranger to media frenzy. So it's a little baffling why he's surprised at the reaction Tim Tebow has provoked from this country. But there he is, on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia talking about how everyone needs to seriously stop with the Tebowning: 
“The national nightmare continues. Hey listen I like Tim Tebow but there comes a point, he had a great game. He’s supposed to have a great game. They want to make it seem like oh the world is aligned correct. I’m like he does play quarterback. He is supposed to play well. (Host: So you’ve had enough of Tebow?) I think the world has. (Host: There’s a lot of Tebow fans out there. I’ve had enough and I’m not a big Tebow guy and they’re just killing me about Tebow.) First of all Mike I don’t know anything you said about Tebow but let’s just say the jury is still out on Tebow. He seems like a nice kid but these ups and downs are so different. The jury is still out on Tebow. Just because he had a great game and made four or five great throws yesterday doesn’t mean he’s gonna be a great starting quarterback in the NFL.”
via Sports Radio Interviews » Blog Archive » Charles Barkley on Tim Tebow and the Broncos Advancing in the Playoffs: “The national nightmare continues”.

For what it's worth, Barkley averaged 15 points and 11 rebounds in his first playoffs with the Sixers in '85, advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals before being eliminated 4-1 by the Celtics

Still, Barkley should be pretty aware that this is how it works. It's not how good you actually are (though 316 yards passing against the Steelers, even a phenomenally banged up Steelers, is pretty impressive), it's how good you're perceived to be by the media and fans.  Tebow is a polarizing figure that has managed to win his way into the second round of the playoffs, facing the heavily favored Patriots. Barkley may not like that Tebowmania is happening but there's no way he should be surprised, nor can he deny that there's something to the madness.
Posted on: January 11, 2012 11:05 am
Edited on: January 11, 2012 11:10 am

Nuggets GM: 'Wish we had Tebow' against Hornets

By Matt Moore

Masai Ujiri is used to dealing with the all-encompassing influence of star power. He walked into the Carmelo Anthony situation, after all. So he knows what a superstar can do, especially one who's clutch as all get out. But against the Hornets on Monday when the Nuggets lost their second straight game, they needed something greater. A higher power, if you will, in a game where the Nuggets were outplayed at both ends badly. From Fox Sports South Florida's Chris Tomasson


Everyone, Mr. Ujiri. He would have saved everyone. 

True story, if Tim Tebow were to play in the NBA he would average 6 points on 25 percent shooting, mostly on free throws, yet hit every shot inside two minutes of a close game.

Note: That is not a true story.
Category: NBA
Posted on: January 11, 2012 10:33 am

Tyreke Evans got Tebowned

By Matt Moore

Tyreke Evans is a huge Steelers fan. So while his team was losing to the Magic this weekend, his favorite team was being eliminated by the best/worst quarterback in the history of everything. And 'Reke? Well, 'Reke isn't so much a fan of Tim Tebow now. From Cowbell Kingdom

It got me thinking. Is there anything like Tebow in the NBA? His fourth quarter dynamics make you think of Kobe Bryant, but Bryant is actually, well, nearly flawless at what he does, versus Tebow, who upon throwing for 316 yards last weekend changed the minds of a lot of people by throwing for over... well, 100 yards. He's polarizing, as is LeBron James, but then, James is largely the anti-Tebow. He's despised by a vast majority of the country, he's exceptionally talented and his abilities have never been questioned in terms of whether he belongs at the pro level, and he fails repeatedly in the fourth quarter, as he did Tuesday night. 

The only real possibility for there to be a Tebow in the NBA is Jimmer Fredette. Fredette is polarizing, a former player of the year in college, a really good kid by all accounts, and had questions about whether he could play at this level. Fredette has not taken the league by storm, but if he does turn a corner, look out.

In the meantime, we agree with 'Reke's closing assessment.
Posted on: October 29, 2011 6:30 pm
Edited on: October 29, 2011 6:34 pm

Dwight Howard joins 'Tebowing' craze

Posted by Ben Golliverdwight-howard-tebowing

The latest pose-and-take-a-picture craze to hit the internet is known as "Tebowing."

Named after former University of Florida and current Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, it follows in the well-travelled footsteps of planking, a practice by which the planker lays down flat on his or her stomach somewhere funny and takes a picture.

Contrary to some reports, Tebowing does not refer to holding onto the football too long and unnecessarily taking a sack. Instead, the Tebower simply poses for a picture by getting down on one knee while clutching a fist to the head, so as to bow down in prayer at a random moment. Tebow, a deeply religious Christian, is known to strike the pose pretty much whenever he gets the chance during football games.

Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard, who engaged in a fairly epic planking war with teammate Gilbert Arenas this summer, has wasted no time in getting in on the newest craze, snapping a picture of himself kneeling and praying in a restaurant and uploading it to Twitter. Howard, like Tebow, is a devout Christian.
Ironically, Howard has Magic fans down on their knees praying that he won't force his way out of Orlando via trade during the 2011-2012 season or bolt to a bigger market during the summer 2012 free agency period.

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Posted on: August 4, 2011 5:51 pm
Edited on: August 4, 2011 6:04 pm

LeBron James defends Tim Tebow from 'hating'

Posted by Ben Golliverlebron-james

The criticism has finally become too much for Miami Heat All-Star forward LeBron James. The criticism of Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, that is.

James took to Twitter on Wednesday night to lash out at a television analyst critical of Tebow's skills and defend the second year quarterback out of the University of Florida.

"Tim Tebow will succeed in the NFL," James declared. "He's a hard worker, a student of the game, a natural born leader and most of all a WINNER! It takes time and he'll be nice ... The man hasn't even play a full season and its only his 2nd year in. Guys get on that TV and act like they was all WORLD when they played. How [about] encouraging him and wishing him the best instead of hating!!"

The CBSSports.com Eye On Football guys have more here.

Those tweets are just a goldmine for armchair psychoanalysts. Think James is taking out all of his frustration with being the most criticized player in the NBA by defending Tebow? Run wild. Think James is fed up with the NBA's broadcasting core that is filled with second-tier players taking shots at him? That will play. Think James feels that he is above criticism because no one else can play the way he does? A bit of a stretch, but definitely possible.

Before we celebrate and praise James standing up for a maligned, well-intentioned athlete like Tebow, let's not forget the complete hypocrisy in his statements.

Let's take a quick trip back to June when the Dallas Mavericks were stomping James' Heat in the NBA Finals. Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki could be described exactly how James describes Tebow: hard worker, student of the game, natural born leader and winner. When Nowitzki was mopping the floor with the Heat did James offer Nowitzki nothing but encouragement, wishing him the best on his way to his first title?

Absolutely not. Instead, James pursued the definition of "hating", teaming up with guard Dwyane Wade to mock Nowitzki for being sick in a lame attempt to besmirch his toughness and diminish his team's accomplishments. Unable to process the fact that he was losing on the NBA's biggest stage, he copped out by trying to tear down Nowitzki, an action that spoke a lot louder than whatever critique Tebow had to endure about his game.

James certainly has received more than his fair share of criticism over the last year or so. But the media exists, in part, to provide sober -- often harsh -- judgements of athletes. Blind cheerleading is a job best left for groupies, entourages, handlers, diehard fans (should they choose) and team public relations staffs. Nobody wants to watch or listen to that.
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