MANILA, Philippines—Not solely did Jeremy Lin play within the Philippines for a second time, however he additionally received to share a particular second with a former teammate in Rondae Hollis-Jefferson on Wednesday at PhilSports Area in Pasig.
After main the New Taipei Kings over the Meralco Bolts within the East Asia Tremendous League (EASL), Lin and Hollis-Jefferson exchanged laughs at middle court docket.
“He’s like just a little brother to me,” mentioned Lin after ending with 23 factors and 10 rebounds within the 89-77 victory.
“Via my 9 years within the NBA, he’s all the time one in every of my closest associates.”
Lin and Hollis-Jefferson, who’s in contract with TNT Tropang Giga, had been teammates for 2 seasons in Brooklyn within the NBA.
The 35-year-old guard mentioned he appreciated the gesture proven by Hollis-Jefferson to nonetheless come to the sport though it was his birthday and will’ve celebrated within the comforts of his residence.
But, Hollis-Jefferson arrived within the second quarter with a smile on his face, able to cheer on Lin.
“At the moment is his birthday. For him to return out right here as we speak and convey his brother and household out as we speak speaks volumes,” Lin mentioned.
“He’s only a nice man and he’s killing it out right here and doing an ideal job. I do know he’s having a variety of enjoyable [here] and I respect his assist for the Kings.”