Yao Ming Talks Jeremy Lin: 'Every Day The Excitement Grows'

He knows the thrill of excitement to walk out onto the court every night with the eyes of the basketball world upon you and he knows the burden of increasing expectations.

He understands what it's like to find yourself standing at the intersection of athlete and celebrity, brain swirling, headlines screaming and each shot, pass or rebound placed on a slide and examined beneath the media microscope on opposite sides of the Pacific.

At this point Jeremy Lin may have bigger fans somewhere on the planet, but surely none taller than 7-foot-6 Yao Ming.