MINNEAPOLIS — Jeremy Lin calls Yao Ming a friend as well as a “role model” and the former Houston Rockets center is someone Lin can learn from in terms of how to deal with all the attention, locally and internationally, that comes with instant fame.
There was no NBA player bigger, quite literally, on a global scale than Yao. A former top overall pick, Yao helped to accomplish one of NBA commissioner David Stern’s goals which were to tap into the Asian market.
Yao was forced to retire this year due to chronic foot problems but he and Lin, an American born to Taiwanese parents, have crossed paths before and struck up a relationship.
“I talk to Yao after every game,” Lin said. “He’s taken me out to eat every time we’re in the same city. He’s obviously a role model and a big brother to me and we keep in touch all the time.”
Lin was picked up by the Rockets after being released by Golden State in December. However, the club later cut Lin and Houston GM Daryl Morey has already said publicly that he made a mistake.
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