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Lin considering playing overseas if NBA lockout continues

2011/08/04 21:34:10

Taipei, Aug. 4 (CNA) Jeremy Lin, the first Taiwanese-American in the National Basketball Association (NBA), said Thursday in Taipei he will definitely consider playing overseas , including for Taiwan, if the NBA lockout stretches into the next season.

"If the NBA lockout continues to the next season, I will definitely consider playing overseas. There is no 'no' or 100 percent 'yes' for me right now," the 22-year-old point guard with the Golden State Warriors said at a press conference.

When asked whether he would play for Taiwan's semi-professional Super Basketball League, he said he is open to everything at the moment.

The NBA locked out its players July 1 when its collective bargaining agreement expired. Players and team owners failed were still poles apart on every major issue, from salaries to revenue sharing. The lockout puts the 2011-12 season in jeopardy.

Lin, a Harvard graduate, is in Taiwan for a three-day charity event Aug. 5-7, and is expected to coach young basketball players at two summer camp events.

He confirmed he had been approached by both Taiwan and China to play for the upcoming 2011 FIBA Asia Championship in Wuhan, China, and had told China he would not play for them this year.

The only thing that is keeping him from joining Taiwan's national team in the September tournament is an injury to his left knee, which makes him unable to run or jump at the moment, he said.

However, he should be back to full form in six to eight weeks, but will make sure he has recovered 100 percent before making any decisions, he said.

Lin said he wants to play as much basketball as he can, and when retires he will become a pastor at a Christian church or work at non-profit organization to teach children from tough neighborhoods or disadvantaged families.

(By Hermia Lin)