Houston Rockets: Jeremy Lin Returns to Taiwan

By Phillip Pyle

‘Linsanity’ returned to Taiwan. This time around, the popular Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin surprised his audience by a new skill, Mandarin.

At a press conference in Taipei on Wednesday, instead of English, his native language, Jeremy answered nearly all of the questions in Mandarin.

“I’m so happy to come to Taiwan. Every year, Taiwan’s media are very nice to me and the fans here are very passionate,” Lin said in Mandarin.

“I’ll do my best to answer all questions in Mandarin, and if I don’t know how to say something, I’ll use English,” he pledged.

Asked about his new team-mate, Dwight Howard, Lin answered, “We feel that having Dwight Howard allows us to be a better team. So if we work hard, if we practice hard, I feel that we have a chance to get the NBA title.”

The first NBA player of Taiwanese descent kicked off his eight-day visit to Taiwan in the early hours of Aug. 14, to be greeted by enthusiastic fans at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.

Lin will be sharing his life testimony at the gospel evangelistic conference titled “Dream Big, Be Yourself” held at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center on on Aug. 18.

He will be preaching to over 18,000 people in Taipei.Taiwanese-American pop-star Van Ness Wu and possibly Asia’s ‘king of pop’ Jay Chou will take part in the conference as well.

The Harvard graduate and his Houston Rockets teammate forward Chandler Parsons, will also co-host a basketball camp for Taiwanese high school and college students on Aug. 18-20. He is scheduled to leave Taiwan on Aug. 21 for China.

*Here is a video of Lin’s trip to Taiwan from last year, accompanied by his new arch enemy, the Golden St. Warriors All-Star forward David Lee.