Thursday, June 02, 2011

Jeremy Lin mulling to play for Taiwan: report


Golden State Warriors guard Jeremy Lin does not rule out the possibility to play for Taiwan in Asian competitions after meeting with Ting Shou-chung, the President of the Chinese Taipei Basketball Association (CTBA), last week in San Francisco, local media reported.

According to the Central News Agency, Ting had conversation with Lin's parents during his stay in the U.S. to persuade the Harvard graduate to consider playing for Taiwan, where his parents came from.

CNA quoted Ting as saying that both sides had "great discussions" on the matter. However, Ting did not say whether Lin will join Taiwan NT in the FIBA Asian Championship in September.

Ting said the hiring of former NBA head coach Bob Hill as Taiwan NT's technical consultant in the Asian competitions is expected to have "positive effect" on Lin's final decision.

Jeremy Lin became the first Taiwanese-American player to play in the NBA when he signed a two-year contract with the Warriors last year. The 6-3 point guard appeared in 23 game in his rookie season and averaged 2.6 points, 1.4 assists and 1.1 steals per game.

China is also recruiting Lin to play for its national team, according to Ting.

Lin, who visited Taiwan last summer, is scheduled to visit the country again in August for a promotional tour, Ting said.