Shawn Yue in action in Shanghai.

While Hong Kong was in the grips of Linsanity last week, our own actor and basketball enthusiast Shawn Yue Man-lok was enjoying the support of screaming fans across the border.

Yue attended the Nike Festival of Sport in Shanghai on Friday. Professional baseball stars such as Lebron James, Kevin Durant and Yi Jianlian also took part in the four-day event.

Yue and his Wang Chau Industry Basketball Team competed against team Love Life, featuring Taiwanese model Godfrey Gao Yi-xiang and television host Blackie Chen Chien-chou. Chen's Mando-pop singer wife, Christine Fan Wei-qi, cheered from the sidelines. The game ended in a tie.

Yue said he appreciated having the chance to play with his team and against his Taiwanese opponents, as he didn't get many opportunities because of his heavy show-business workload. Playing a sport together was the best way to make friends, he said.

The star also called on his fans to stop using busy work schedules as an excuse not to exercise.

He said they should put on their favourite exercise gear and hit the gym or a basketball court, and make exercising a healthy habit, he said.

This article appeared in the South China Morning Post print edition as: Shawn Yue brings basketball fans to boil in Shanghai