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Lin pokes fun at 'thorough' Taiwan media

Even after having grown used to being followed by the press during his time as a Knicks star, Jeremy Lin said yesterday he is impressed by the local media's familiarity with his habits and daily routine.

The Taiwanese media are very good at “man-to-man defense,” the NBA star joked. He added that the media had done “very thorough prematch research.”

The 23-year-old point guard held a press conference in Taipei's Xinyi District yesterday to talk about his rise from obscurity with the New York Knicks earlier this year. Journalists packed the venue, vying for the chance to ask a question.

Lin, in T-shirt and jeans, opened the meeting by speaking in Mandarin to apologize for his poor Chinese. “I am sorry my Mandarin has not improved very much, and I will talk to you in English.”

Commenting on his meeting with the public the night before, the star thanked his fans for their fervent support. The event on Saturday was his first visit to Ximending, the fashionable shopping district where the meet was held.

Lin said that the place he wants to visit the most during his stay in Taiwan is a night market. Owing to his popularity, however, Lin stated that he might not be able to make the trip this time.

As the star has used a traditional Chinese treatment method to recover from a knee injury, one reporter suggested Lin try some of Taiwan's famous hot springs, which are claimed to have therapeutic properties. Lin replied that it is worth a try, “but would you follow me there?”

Asked about his identity, Lin said people are clear about his background, where his parents and grandparents were from, and where he was born. Thus, it requires no further explanation.

Lin had no official schedule after the press conference yesterday, but revealed that he will spend time with his family and will not leave Taiwan immediately.

No Explanation for Linsanity

Having graduated from the economics department at Harvard, Lin was asked to provide an economic analysis of the “Linsanity” phenomenon. The 23-year-old point guard replied that he does not know how to explain it either.

He was also asked to provide some advice to improve the country's economic conditions. Lin responded that all he can do is perform well on the court, which might increase sales of related products and provide some small amount of help to manufacturers and vendors.

According to Lin, he learned three main things while at Harvard. The first was basketball skills, which improved greatly because of the sports system at the school. The second was a different studying method. The third was how to play video games, which he spent two years mastering.

The Perfect Girl?

Asked about his taste in the opposite sex, the 23-year-old star said he likes girls who love God and are willing to help others.

According to him, he does not have a girlfriend at this moment. If he does find one, he will send emails to tell the media, he joked.

Praise for LeBron

Asked to choose the best player among Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant and LeBron James, Lin picked the latter.

“LeBron James is the best player in the past five years.”

Lin said if he was the team manager, he would try everything to win over LeBron James, even to the point of trading himself.

The host joked that the statement might make Anthony angry, but Lin added that the Knicks small forward is a good player as well.

August 7, 2012    Rachelchang1115@
Success can be a trap. The biggest risk is the risk you never take.
Jeremy Lin is looking for something real, a deeper connection beyond the surface.
August 14, 2012    asian007man@
"Asked about his taste in the opposite sex, the 23-year-old star said he likes girls who love God and are willing to help others."

Unfortunately there aren't that many girls in China who believe in a God. And they are living in a very materialistic culture that values money and status over helping others.
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This combo picture shows Jeremy Lin making different expressions during a press conference held in Taipei's Xinyi District, yesterday. (CNA)

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