Howard waits with baited breath to fish with Lin
CNATAIPEI -- Visiting NBA star Dwight Howard said yesterday that he is looking forward to going shrimp fishing with his new teammate Jeremy Lin in Taipei during his third visit to Taiwan.
August 20, 2013, 2:15 pm TWN
“I'm happy to be here,” the 2.11-meter Houston Rockets' center said at a press conference. “Now that my teammate is Jeremy Lin, we can do a lot of stuff together here in Taiwan.”
“I know he has just finished his basketball camp today, and hopefully later we are supposed to go shrimp fishing,” Howard said, noting that he previously met Lin in Taiwan in 2010, before the point guard gained fame during his rise from obscurity with the New York Knicks in February 2012.
Howard, the former Los Angeles Laker who was signed by the Rockets in the offseason as a free agent, was ranked 12th on the most-mentioned-athletes list on ESPN's SportsCenter over the past year.
He was warmly welcomed earlier Monday when he arrived at Taipei International (Songshan) Airport by fans who packed the arrival lobby.
The smiling Howard greeted fans by raising his arm and was quickly swallowed by the crowd.
He then signed autographs, including one on one of his Orlando Magic jerseys for 19-year-old fan Lai Chu-hsin, who said he has collected jerseys Howard wore when he played for the Magic and the Lakers and his new jersey with the Rockets.
In Taiwan to promote a limited edition of Howard-autographed athletic shoes, Howard is making his third visit to Taiwan.
He will attend a promotional event on Tuesday before heading to Taipei's Xinyi District and helping formally unveil the new Adidas 101 basketball park and its new outdoor basketball court just across from Taipei 101, one of the world's tallest skyscrapers.
Meanwhile, Lin and another Rocket, Chandler Parsons, are hosting a three-day basketball camp in Taipei that opened Sunday.
Howard will be in Taiwan until Wednesday, when Lin is also scheduled to leave for China after an eight-day stay.
Taiwan is the second stop of Howard's Asian trip, which will also take him to three Chinese cities — Hangzhou, Chengdu and Beijing.
NBA Houston Rockets star Dwight Howard, left, signs an autograph for a fan at Taipei International (Songshan) Airport, yesterday. Howard was warmly welcomed when he arrived at ...