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Basketball: Jeremy Lin says he is focused firmly on the present, not the past

Houston Rockets' Jeremy Lin talks to journalists in Manila on Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013. At the peak of his fame, Lin was tipped to single-handedly smoothen political relations between the United States and China. -- PHOTO: AFP
Houston Rockets' Jeremy Lin talks to journalists in Manila on Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013. At the peak of his fame, Lin was tipped to single-handedly smoothen political relations between the United States and China. -- PHOTO: AFP

MANILA - At the peak of his fame, National Basketball Association (NBA) player Jeremy Lin was tipped to single-handedly smoothen political relations between the United States and China.

His breakthrough 2012 season with the New York Knicks inspired the global following dubbed Linsanity. A documentary movie followed, along with his image being printed on countless magazine covers, T-shirts and even cookies.

Now with the Houston Rockets, the Los Angeles native, whose parents are from Taiwan, looks back in awe at his meteoric rise to stardom.

"It all happened so fast but that's in the past - I try not to get affected by what happens off the basketball court," Lin told The Straits Times in an exclusive interview in Manila on Wednesday. "What matters is what I do for my team, and helping them win an NBA championship."

The 25-year-old is in the Philippines ahead of the Rockets' pre-season match against the Indiana Pacers on Thursday.