By Will Yoder
February 16, 2012

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

"I know that Jeremy was born in California and we both had very different backgrounds growing up," Yao told 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.

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