Shanghai, Aug. 15 (CNA) Jeremy Lin, the first American-born NBA player of Taiwanese descent, said in Shanghai Wednesday that family support was the key factor in helping him pursue his basketball dream.
Lin's mother gave the fullest and best support to her children, and no other parent could compare with her, the NBA sensation said on "China's Got Talent," a Chinese reality television series.
During the show, Lin celebrated his birthday, which falls on Aug. 23, with fans and demonstrated basketball skills with his younger brother Joseph Lin.
Lin visited Taipei Aug. 4-7 before departing for Beijing. After a few days in the Chinese capital, he flew to Shanghai Aug. 11 for a seven-day stay. He will return to Taiwan later this month to attend a four-day training camp for 120 young basketball players. He will also attend an event sponsored by Volvo Sept. 1 and an evangelical event a day later.
Lin, whose meteoric rise early this year with the New York Knicks attracted widespread attention, signed a three-year, US$25 million contract with the Houston Rockets last month after the Knicks failed to match the offer.
The new NBA season will start Oct. 30, according to the NBA website.
(By Rita Cheng and Maia Huang)