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Sports - July 30, 2010

Sports Shorts

LIN IN TAIWAN . . . Palo Alto's Jeremy Lin isn't wasting any time getting his NBA career under way, even if it's as a goodwill ambassador. Lin was in Taipei, Taiwan on Wednesday competing in a charity basketball game organized by Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets. The 48-minute game, organized by the Yao Foundation as a part of a charity tour in Taiwan, was played between two teams composed of active NBA players and players from China and Taiwan. All proceeds will be donated to local charities. Lin, the Palo Alto High graduate who signed a two-year contract with the Golden State Warriors last week, drew a standing ovation when he took the court with 6:45 to go in the first quarter. Lin, 21, flew to Taiwan early Wednesday for a whirlwind two-day visit after he received a phone call from Yao. NBA China CEO Tim Chen told Focus Taiwan that he and Yao Ming had been in touch with Lin for a few days before finalizing arrangements on Monday. Lin, who reported that he has not visited Taiwan for more than seven years, said he has many fond memories of Taiwan. Both of his parents hail from central Taiwan's Changhua County. Lin told Focus Taiwan that he vowed to continue working hard to improve his skills and athleticism in pursuit of his immediate goal to become the Warriors' starting point guard. Down the road, he said, he hopes to win an NBA championship.

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