Linsanity sweeps the nation as all-star arrives
By Ann Yu ,The China Post
August 4, 2012, 12:11 am TWN
The Linsanity storm will sweep Taiwan, as the all-star officially lands on Taiwan soil today. He will make his first appearance today at 6:30 p.m. in Ximending in a meet-and-greet with 300 lucky fans. A full schedule awaits Lin while he bounces between press conferences, training camps, sponsorship events and even heading across the Strait to China for a week.
"I love Taiwan. I can't wait to meet the fans," he described of his expectations in Taiwan. Now a Houston starter, Lin's value has skyrocketed to 10 times his previous worth after signing a US$25 million, three-year contract with the Rockets. Lin left his Linsanity birthground after the New York Knicks declined to match the Houston offer.
At the highlight of his tour in Taiwan, the "2012 Jeremy Lin Training Camp" sponsored by Cathay Pacific, he will meet and coach 120 kids chosen from roughly 2,000 applicants from Aug. 27-30. The roster came from the top 120 qualified applicants who were all tested on fundamental basketball skills.
This will be his second appearance in Taiwan hosting a "Jeremy Lin Training Camp." His first was in 2011, while he was still a Golden State Warrior.
A faithful Christian, Lin will also attend a Christian event at the Xinzhuang Baseball Stadium on Sept. 2 to share his testimony about his miraculous NBA career.
The Asian-American quickly shot to stardom after coach Mike D'Antoni lifted him from the bench and placed him in the roster. Before, he bounced between D-leagues and being a bench player, uncertain of his future. Lin nailed his first career high with 25 points, five rebounds and seven assists at a game against the New Jersey Nets on Feb. 4. The term "Linsanity" quickly blossomed from Madison Square Garden, and New York braced itself for the unstoppable storm.
Talks of a trade began after his short-lived NBA season with the Knicks due to a knee surgery, with Houston winning out in offering a "ridiculous deal," commented Carmelo Anthony. Lin was officially traded to the Rockets on July 17, sporting a No. 7 jersey to differentiate from his previous No. 17 with the Knicks.