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Pro basketball star Jeremy Lin first captured the nation’s attention with sensational play in early 2012 that earned the undrafted player out of Harvard a spot in the starting lineup of the New York Knicks.

Recently traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, Lin, 26, wasted no time putting his Christian faith into action with an appearance last Friday morning at a skid-row mission to hand out gift bags to the needy.

But not everyone at skid row’s Midnight Mission recognized the Lakers’ newest star.

“Which one’s the basketball player?” one woman asked, gesturing to Lin and the two shorter, older men standing beside him. A dozen more skid-row residents filed by without so much as a backward glance, according to a report in the LA Times.

Lin officially joined the Lakers last Thursday after a trade with the Houston Rockets. Sports pundits say Lin, who was born in nearby Torrance, California, will help the Lakers tap the city’s huge Asian demographic—the largest in the nation, the Timesreported. Lin also brings his well-known willingness to live out his Christian faith to his new city and team

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