During a pre-game chapel on Jan. 27, Jeremy Lin asked the pastor and fellow players to pray that he would not get cut by the New York Knicks, Udonis Haslem told The Times-Picayune.
"I understood where he was coming from," Haslem, a fellow undrafted player told the paper.
At that point Lin had been cut twice and was potentially facing his last opportunity to stick in the league. He did not play that night against the Heat, but eight days later he played 35 minutes for the Knicks, scoring 25 points and registering seven assists en route to a 99-92 win over the New Jersey Nets. In the time since, Lin has become one of the game’s biggest superstars. In the 11 games since he began to see significant playing time, he has led the Knicks to a 9-2 record and has averaged 23.9 points and 9.2 assists per game.