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Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin (L) will look to shine in his parents' homeland of Chinese Taipei in the NBA preseason game against the Indiana PacersReuters

Jeremy Lin returns to his parents' homeland when the Houston Rockets line up for a preseason NBA game against the Indian Pacers in Taiwan.

It will be a special occasion for the NBA's first-ever player of Taiwanese-origin, and Lin called it a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

"I kind of see this as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," Lin told a news conference. "I don't know if I'll ever be able to come back and play an NBA preseason game here, where my parents were born and raised.

"Definitely, I am looking forward to it. It's a celebration in some sense."

This will be the second game between the Rockets and the Pacers in the space of three days after Houston defeated Indiana 116-96 in a preseason encounter in Manila, Philippines on Thursday.

Lin only came off the bench against the Pacers on Thursday, and Rockets coach Kevin McHale was fired a volley of questions on the global superstar's starting status.

"I just alternate starting guys," McHale said. "I just want to see guys come off the bench, see how it works. We have a lot of new faces. I talked to Jeremy and Patrick (Beverley) about it.

"Both are playing very, very well. Patrick played very well and Jeremy has been playing tremendous. The first couple days I was worried about him, but I tell you, about three or four days into camp he started playing really well, high energy.

"He had a great summer of work. He's lost a little weight. I like his shot. It's tighter. He really worked hard all summer and it shows. He drove hard left. He had a left-hand layup last night, full contact.

"All the stuff we talked about. I'm excited about having both those guys. The nice thing that happened last night is they both played very well. I wouldn't get all excited about who starts in a preseason game."

The Rockets looked pretty good against the Pacers in Manila, and Dwight Howard believes it is the product of some good off-field bonding between the players.

"We spent a lot of time together off the court," Howard said. "This trip has really helped us bond. I am very, very excited about our future as a team. I believe that everybody has a confidence that we can win a championship. That's the main thing."

Sunday's game will be the second NBA exhibition game in Chinese Taipei in four years, with the Pacers involved in the first one against the Denver Nuggets in 2009.

Where to watch

The game is set for a 11 a.m. (IST) start with no live telecast scheduled