Jeremy Lin's younger brother signs with a local hoop team

Jeremy Lin's younger brother signs with a local hoop team
NBA player Jeremy Lin of Los Angeles Lakers attends a promotional event as part of his Asia tour in Taipei, Taiwan, June 29, 2015.
PHOTO: Reuters

TAIPEI - A Taiwanese basketball team announced on Friday that it has reached a deal with the younger brother of Taiwanese-American National Basketball Association (NBA) player Jeremy Lin, local media reported yesterday.

The Fubon Braves, of Taiwan's Super Basketball League, (SBL) announced that it has reached a deal with Joseph Lin.

Chris Tsai, general manager of the Braves, told local media that the team decided to recruit the 23-year-old Hamilton College graduate to boost backcourt.

"Our coaching staff think Lin is a smart player who learns things very quickly. He also has great shooting touch and a positive attitude - all of these are perfect traits for a point guard," Tsai said.

The team has been closely observing Lin for years and has witnessed his growth year after year, he said.

During previous tryouts with Lin this July, Tsai said the team has confirmed that he will be a perfect match for the Braves' culture and style.

Lin is expected to join team practice later this month and will be wearing the No. 1 jersey, Tsai said.

The Braves did not disclose the details of Lin's contract. However, the Chinese-language Apple Daily said yesterday it is a two-year, NT$120,000 (S$5,251)-per-month contract.

According to statistics available on the Hamilton College website, the 185-centimeter, 68-kilogram player played the point guard position for his school's team.

Lin played 72 games for Hamilton, 10 of them as a starting guard.

He left with an average of 4.4 points per game, 2 assists and 2 rebounds per game during his college career.

Hamilton competes at the NCAA Division-III level and its teams are members of the New England Small College Athletic Conference.

According to local media reports, Lin visited Taiwan last month and met and practiced with three of the seven SBL teams, including the Braves, Bank of Taiwan, and the Pure-Youth Construction.

Each SBL team is entitled to have two foreign-born, ethnic-Taiwanese players on its roster without costing them an import roster spot.

Despite his American citizenship, both Lin's parents are from Taiwan, which makes him eligible as an ethnic Taiwanese player.

Jeremy Lin had previously hinted that the younger Lin was expected to play in Taiwan next season on his official Line and Facebook accounts.

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