Will Yoder
Thursday February 16th, 2012

Former Houston Rockets center Yao Ming is cheering for New York Knicks sensation point guard Jeremy Lin, according to NBA.com.

"I know that Jeremy was born in California and we both had very different backgrounds growing up," Yao told NBA.com by phone. "But I feel that we are both Chinese and I am happy that a guard like him could come out of nowhere and make this big effect on the NBA. I hope it is the next step for us."

Lin, one of the few Asian Americans ever to play in the NBA, has experienced a tremendous amount of support and praise from the Asian community in the U.S. as well as abroad. The 31-year old Yao Ming, now retired, is one of the most renowned Chinese athletes.  A much different story than Lin, the Chinese superstar was selected as the first overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft.  At 7-foot-6, Yao Ming, the tallest player in the NBA, had a solid career although he missed 250 games, often riddled with foot and ankle injuries.

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