Chinese Basketball Association star Jeremy Lin could line-up for his father’s home country of Taiwan at a future Olympics after he officially obtained a Taiwanese passport.
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 former NBA champion guard wrapped up his first season as an import with the Beijing Ducks in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), where he averaged 22.3 points, 5.6 assists and 1.8 steals per game. Lin’s leadership complemented the team’s established system on both ends and was vital to the Ducks’ recent playoff run.
The 31-year-old it still ineligible to represent Taiwan in FIBA-sanctioned events, such as the World Cup, as FIBA has stricter nationality requirements, although he could wear the white of Taiwan at the next Asian Games in Hangzhou in 2022.
FIBA rules require dual citizens to acquire a passport of a country he hopes to represent before turning 16 in order to be eligible.
Aside from the CBA, he might also opt to play in the newly-formed P.League+, the Super Basketball League (SBL), or the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL).