New York Knicks superstar Jeremy Lin and world No. 1 female golfer Yani Tseng met for the first time Tuesday at a star-studded bash hosted by Time to honor the world’s most influential people selected by the magazine for 2012.
Lin, the first American-born NBA player of Taiwanese descent, and Tseng of Taiwan both made this year’s “Time 100” list of the most influential figures in the world for their athletic achievements and good work ethics.
Lin, who earned his spot on Time’s list with his breakout season that saw him score more points in his first five starts than any other player since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976, was seated with fellow honorees U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Cardinal Timothy Dolan.
In brief talks with reporters prior to the dinner, Lin said he has begun running as part of his post-surgery rehabilitation.
“The situation is getting better,” Lin said. As to when he will return to the court, he said that will depend on how far the Knicks get in the playoffs. The Knicks, which have clinched a playoff berth, will need to advance to the second round in order for Lin to come back under his rehab timetable, sports pundits have said.
Tseng, who flew to New York to attend the gala right after concluding the LPGA LOTTE Championship in Honolulu in which she tied for 10th place with a 4-under total of 284, said she felt honored to attend the Time festivities along with the eclectic mix of celebrities.
Tseng, 23, already had five LPGA majors under her belt and has won three LPGA titles so far this season. She sustained a leg injury during the just-concluded Hawaii tournament, but said she has almost fully recovered after treatment.