1st Taiwanese-American NBA player joins Knicks


LOS ANGELES–Jeremy Lin (林書豪), the first player of Taiwanese descent to make the roster of a National Basketball Association (NBA) team, has been signed by the New York Knicks to strengthen the club’s depth at point guard.

“He can really get in the lane and distribute the basketball,” Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni was quoted as saying by ESPN after claiming the 23-year-old off waivers on Tuesday.

The Knicks are Lin’s third team since he made his NBA debut last year as a rookie with the Golden State Warriors.

The Harvard graduate played 29 games as a rookie, averaging 2.6 points, 1.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.1 steals for the Warriors.

Lin will join the Knicks in the Bay Area on Wednesday prior to their game against the Warriors in Oakland.

Lin said on his Facebook page that he was grateful to have the opportunity to play with the Knicks.

His parents came from Taiwan. He last visited Taiwan in August for a charity event.