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Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lin talks Justin Bieber and anime

From left Milwaukee Bucks Michael Carter- Williams guards Charlotte Hornets Jeremy Lin  during Sunday's game played at Time Warner Cable Arena Nov. 29,2015. The Charlotte Hornets defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 87-82.
From left Milwaukee Bucks Michael Carter- Williams guards Charlotte Hornets Jeremy Lin during Sunday's game played at Time Warner Cable Arena Nov. 29,2015. The Charlotte Hornets defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 87-82. rlahser@charlotteobserver.com

CharlotteFive was able to slow down Charlotte Hornets point guard Jeremy Lin long enough for a frank conversation after a recent afternoon team practice at Time Warner Cable Arena. (Lin was the last one off the court after putting in a little extra time.)

Before Lin hit the showers and worked on his hair, we asked him three questions:

(1) What are you reading?

(2) What are you listening to?

(3) What are you watching?

Then, as we’ve done before, we’ll take those answers and try to find the meaning, theme or message.

Here we go:

What are you reading?

I mostly just read Christian books. I just finished reading “Unafraid: Trusting God in an Unsafe World,” by Susie Davis. It is about how you deal with some of your fears and what that looks like from a biblical standpoint.

Unafraid

I am currently reading “Victory Over the Darkness: Realize the Power of Your Identity in Christ,” by Neil T. Anderson. This book gives practical ways to grow from your spirituality in Christ. It’s very good so far.

What are you listening to?

Right now, Hillsong United has always been a big Christian band for me. I’ve been spending a lot time listening to “Purpose,” by Justin Bieber. I really like that one.

I generally listen via Spotify but, I do Pandora, too. I usually go with Hillsong United or contemporary Christian. But, I also type in Drake or R&B. Sometimes, I just put in “Moving Mountains,” by Usher – that’s a song I used to like a lot.

What are you watching?

I’ve always been a huge fan of “Naruto,” the Japanese anime series. It’s been around for years and there are literally thousands of episodes. It is the only anime that I have ever watched but I love it.

I’ve been to see a few movies in town over the last few weeks with some friends who were visiting.

What does all of this mean to Jeremy as a static self-assessment?

“Faith has always been the most important thing to me. That’s why it occupies a lot of my reading and listening. And, I can relate to being an underdog, like Naruto. It is the ultimate underdog story and, I actually get motivated from watching it.”

Photos: Robert Lahser/Charlotte Observer

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