Jeremy Lin kicks off basketball camp in Taipei
August 19, 2013, 11:58 am TWN
TAIPEI -- Visiting NBA star Jeremy Lin kicked off a three-day basketball camp in Taipei on Sunday, during which he will act as chief coach while teaching skills to talented local youngsters, as well as promoting the sport.
"First of all, I want you guys to have a lot of fun," said Lin, the first American-born NBA player of Taiwanese descent, at the opening of the camp.
Lin, the Houston Rockets' point guard, also invited his teammate, Rockets' forward Chandler Parsons, to co-coach the camp, which is being attended by 60 high school and college students.
This was the third consecutive year in which Lin taught basketball skills at a summer camp in Taiwan. During the past two years, he coached elementary and junior high school students.
Lin said he and Parsons will teach the trainees what they have learned, which may be different from what the participants have learned. But he encouraged the young ballplayers to try to use what is taught at the camp and keep it in their future game if they like it.
Another focus of the camp is to help the trainees identify their strengths and weaknesses, Lin added.
"I want you guys all to really focus on your weaknesses," said the 24-year-old.
At the end of the camp, Lin said he hopes the participants can identify their weaknesses and take home the drills taught in the camp, while continuing to improve their skills.
Parsons, 24, who arrived in Taiwan one day earlier, said he is "excited to coach" and watch the participants grow as players.
"It means a lot for me to be here," to support Lin and co-coach the camp, Parsons said, noting that he and Lin are close friends.
Parsons also said he looks forward to "seeing the town" and hopes to visit Taipei 101, Taiwan's landmark skyscraper, and walk through the night markets, which Taiwan is known for.
Asked by the media about his experience of playing basketball with local athletes on Saturday at an outdoor basketball court in Taipei, where he surprised local fans a year ago, Lin said he felt that Taiwanese basketball players are improving each year.
But he added that Taiwanese players need more work to sharpen their fundamental skills, adding that similar basketball camps might be a way to help them become better ballplayers.
On Sunday evening, Lin will take part in an evangelical gathering in Taipei.
Lin kicked off his eight-day visit to Taiwan in the early hours of Aug. 14, as he was greeted by enthusiastic fans at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. He is scheduled to leave Taiwan for China Aug. 21.
Jeremy Lin, in white jersey, teaches talented local youngsters on the first day of a three-day basketball camp in Taipei, yesterday. (CNA)