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Lin turns coach for youth hoop camp in Taipei

The China Post with CNA--Visiting NBA sensation Jeremy Lin yesterday tried his hand as a coach when he kicked off a basketball camp for young players in Taipei, hoping to pass down his hoop skills to the younger generation in Taiwan.

Having had little rest after his arrival in Taipei late Sunday night, Lin yesterday hosted the camp and its 60 elementary-level hoop-lovers at the Taipei Physical Education College Gymnasium (台北市立體育學院體育館) in Tianmu from 9 a.m. to noon.

Speaking to the participants of the camp, Lin, wearing his usual big smile, said he appreciated that everyone was up so early just to join the event.

“We're gonna have a blast this week,” said Lin, the first Taiwanese-American NBA player, at the opening of the camp. “The biggest thing we want to teach these kids is to have fun playing basketball.”

During the opening ceremony of the camp, which runs until Thursday, Lin also did his trademark “nerdy pregame handshake” with one of the trainees to officially kick off the four-day-camp.

Also featuring in the coaching lineup for the Taipei camp was Lin's shooting coach Doc Scheppler, strength coach Josh Fan and older brother Joshua.

To add stardom to the educational camp, the Houston Rockets point guard invited his friend and former Golden State Warriors teammate David Lee to share his insights with Taiwanese youths.

“I'm very excited to have a chance to come over here to spread the love for basketball across the world over here in Taiwan,” said the 29-year-old Warriors' power forward/center.

The latest Taipei stop is part of Lin's ongoing Asian tour that also took him to many Chinese cities, including Hong Kong, over the past weeks.

The NBA sensation, who celebrated his 24th birthday in Hong Kong on Aug. 23, paid a short visit to Taipei earlier this month, during which local media kept a close eye on every move Lin and his family made.

Taiwanese Fans 'funny and creative': Lin

Speaking at a press conference during the camp, Lin expressed gratitude for the passion shown by enthusiastic Taiwanese fans, saying that being able to see his energetic supporters for the second time this month “was definitely a highlight.”

Asked to comment about all the stops he has made during his tour, Lin said Beijing is full of history, while Hong Kong has a New York feel to it and Taiwan's fans are the most unforgettable.

“What I always remember (about Taiwan) is all you guys up there — the fans,” Lin said to the hundreds of people watching the summer camp from the spectator area at the gymnasium.

“How funny, creative you guys are; the gifts you guys sent. It's been a joy to watch, so I'm so thankful for all you guys and everybody else to give me support,” he said, followed by a round of applause.

After the event, Lin will hold a private charity event Friday Aug. 31 and attend a sponsor's event the next day.

Lin will also join an evangelical gathering hosted by a local television station Sept. 2 before his departure for the United States the following day.

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