Former NBA star Jeremy Lin obtains Taiwanese passport: city councilor

Basketball player Jeremy Lin. CNA file photo

TAIPEI (CNA) — Former National Basketball Association (NBA) player Jeremy Lin (林書豪), who is of Taiwanese descent, has recently obtained a Republic of China (Taiwan) passport, independent Taipei City Councilor Chung Hsiao-ping (鍾小平) said Wednesday.

Chung told local media that he recently accompanied Lin’s father and his agent to help Lin obtain the passport.

According to Chung, the former NBA star is looking forward to playing for Taiwan’s national team in the future. However, Lin has yet to make a public statement on the issue.

From left to right: Taipei City Councilor Chung Hsiao-ping and Lin’s father meet Interior Minister Hsu Kuo-yung Wednesday. Photo courtesy of Chung’s office

Lin, born in the U.S., is eligible to apply for a Taiwanese passport because both of his parents were born and raised in Taiwan.

The 31-year-old was the first American of Taiwanese descent to play in the NBA. He was also the first Asian American to win an NBA championship, doing so with the Toronto Raptors in 2019.

The Harvard-graduate point guard rose to fame in 2012 when he helped lead the New York Knicks to wins in each of his first seven games, sparking the phenomenon of “Linsanity.”

In his 480-game career in the NBA, Lin has averaged 11.6 points and 4.3 assists per game.

He most recently played for the Beijing Ducks in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) and left with an average of 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists in the 2019-2020 season.

Photo courtesy of Chung’s office