BEIJING (WFAN/AP) — New York Knicks star Jeremy Lin has signed a two-year contract with automaker Volvo to promote the company’s cars around the world — especially in Asia.

The Chinese-owned company said in statement Tuesday that Lin, a guard who shot to stardom this season, will participate in Volvo’s worldwide corporate and marketing activities as a brand ambassador.

Lin later tweeted “Thank you Volvo for allowing me to be part of your family!! Praise God for this opportunity!”

China is a major market for the NBA. Earlier this month, the Miami Heat’s Lebron James agreed to promote Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins ice cream in Asia.

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