Yao Ming doesn't give many interviews anymore, but he stopped long enough yesterday as he entered the Olympic Park's basketball arena to give a thumbs up to Jeremy Lin leaving the Knicks and joining his former club, the Rockets.

The 7-foot-6 Yao is doing Olympic commentary for Chinese TV and worked Spain's 97-81 victory over China. When asked what he thought of Lin joining the Rockets, Yao told The Post, "It will be good for both of them, Jeremy and Houston.''