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Jeremy Lin grateful for time with Rockets

TAIPEI, -- Taiwanese American NBA star Jeremy Lin, who was recently traded by the Houston Rockets to the Los Angeles Lakers, said his time with the Rockets helped him become a more comprehensive player.

Lin, a devoted Christian, said that while his two seasons with the Rockets were not as smooth as he had expected, he believes that God has a perfect plan for him.

“I did not know (the Rockets) would sign up big stars like Dwight Howard and that I would become a bench player,” Lin said, adding that he learned during that period to be more competitive.

Lin said he has good friends on the Rockets team, who have congratulated him on his transfer to the Lakers and wished him good luck with his new team. Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley, who visited Taiwan last week, is one of those friends, Lin said.

Speculations had surfaced since last year that the Rockets were trying to offload Lin. In an overture to free agent Carmelo Anthony earlier this month, the Rockets put up promotional images of the New York Knicks star wearing a Rockets No. 7 jersey, which was Lin's number at the time.

“I was not extremely angry,” Lin said in retrospect. “I just thought I could be valued more.”

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Taiwanese American NBA star Jeremy Lin (林書豪) cracks a smile at a press conference in Taipei. A devoted Christian, Lin said that while his two seasons with the Rockets were not as smooth as he had expected, he believes that God has a perfect plan for him. (CNA)

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