'Linsanity' comes to Taipei
CNATAIPEI - He might not have used the term “Linsanity,” but Jeremy Lin was effusive in his praise for his fans in Taiwan.
October 14, 2013, 12:13 am TWN
The Houston Rockets made five three-pointers in the fourth quarter of a preseason game in Taipei Sunday, surviving a comeback by the Indiana Pacers to win the game 107-98.
Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin, the NBA's first player of Taiwanese descent, picked up his fifth foul in the fourth quarter. He finished the game with 17 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and one blocked shot while committing 3 turnovers in his 35 minutes on court.
Lin said he was humbled by the enthusiastic crowd in Taipei, which broke into a roar every time Lin or his teammates scored.
“Everyone is very loud and very passionate. Every time I'm here, I guess I'm humbled by the support that comes,” said the 25-year-old.
Asked if the “Linsanity” feeling is returning, Lin, who received loud cheers from the audience when he left the floor in the fourth quarter, said the important thing for him is to enjoy his moment on the court.
“I think me going into this upcoming season, I really want to enjoy every game. I really want to have fun on the court,” said Lin, adding that he did have fun during Sunday's game.
He said that he was pleased with the Rockets' victory and thought his team performed especially well on defense.
“I'm very satisfied because we won and our team did a great job,” Lin said at a post-game press conference. “Specifically on the defensive end, I thought we did a pretty good job.”
Lin, who finished the game with 17 points, two rebounds and four assists in his 35 minutes on court, attributed his performance on Sunday to adjustments in his shooting positions, as well as his rising confidence.
Despite the Rockets' victory, however, Lin said it's too early to assess the strengths of the two teams based upon only two preseason games.
“It's just not the same. You can't really draw any comparison. It's too early,” Lin said. “We don't know how the game would have ended if they kept their normal rotation.”
Meanwhile, Rockets coach Kevin McHale praised Lin's performance and said Lin has worked very hard this summer and has placed pressure on himself to excel during every game.
McHale also touted the atmosphere in Taipei as “unbelievable,” describing the fans as “fantastic” as they responded to Lin.
Pacers coach Frank Vogel also praised Lin for playing a “terrific” game and said he put a lot of pressure on the Pacers.
The Sunday game marks the first time Lin has played an NBA game wearing the Rockets jersey in Taiwan, after signing a three-year contract with the team last summer.
This was the second preseason game the NBA has played in Taipei, following a preseason encounter between the Denver Nuggets and Pacers in October 2009.
On Thursday, the Rockets beat the Pacers 116-96 in Manila in the first of two preseason games between these teams.