Basketball star Jeremy Lin's sudden rise to fame in the past two weeks has even turned his grandmother back in Taiwan into a celebrity. But Lin asked the media in Taiwan today to give his family privacy, Reuters reported.
During a press conference, a Chinese television reporter asked Lin about his grandmother.
"I love my family, I love my relatives," Lin responded, according to Reuters. "One special request I have is for the media back in Taiwan to kind of give them their space because they can't even go to work without being bombarded and people following them."
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However, Lin's grandmother did grant an interview with the New York Times last week. “I know nothing about basketball. I only know when Jeremy puts the ball in the basket he has done a good thing," she told the Times.
And on Saturday she released Lin's baby photographs to Reuters.
Lin, the NBA's first Taiwanese-American player, was cut from two teams before he rose from obscurity to become a top player for the New York Knicks. On Sunday's game against the Dallas Mavericks, Lin scored a team-high of 28 points for the Knicks, Reuters reported.