Lin seeks starter role as he con­tin­ues hon­ing his skills

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY JOSEPH YEH

Tai­wanese-Amer­i­can NBA player Jeremy Lin ( ) yesterday said he has con­tin­ued to sharpen his skills over the on­go­ing off­sea­son as he aimed to sign a con­tract with any NBA team where he could be a starter and which fits his style.

Speak­ing dur­ing a press con­fer­ence in Taipei, Lin said he has en­gaged in train­ing to im­prove him­self in dif­fer­ent ar­eas over the past months af­ter his sea­son ended with dis­ap­point­ment as the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers failed to ad­vance to the play­off.

Lin said he had taken three-and-a-halfweeks off af­ter the sea­son was over un­til be­gin­ning to prac­tice again from May 16.

The Har­vard grad­u­ate said he kicked off his off­sea­son train­ing by re­ceiv­ing a one-onone point guard tu­to­rial from for­mer Lak­ers team­mate and fu­ture Hall of Famer Steve Nash in Cal­i­for­nia.

Dur­ing the spe­cial ses­sion, Lin said Nash ad­vised him to make ad­just­ments to his drib­bles to make his play more ef­fi­cient.

He also noted that he and his train­ers are con­sid­er­ing hav­ing him make mi­nor changes to his shoot­ing as well.

The 26-year-old said he re­leased the ball too high over the shoul­der so he will make changes by try­ing to re­lease it lower to shoot more quickly and easily.

“I am hop­ing that with the ad­just­ment, my three-point-shoot­ing per­cent­age will im­prove to over 40 per­cent in the com­ing sea­son,” he noted.

These off­sea­son train­ing ses­sions are ex­pected to help him find a de­sired con­tract as he will be­come an un­re­stricted free agent on July 1.

Say­ing that he prefers to sign with those teams that play his fa­vorite pick-and-roll style hoop, Lin noted that he also wanted to join teams that will make him a start­ing guard.

He added that he would be happy to play un­der Mike D’An­toni again, his for­mer coach dur­ing his Lin­san­ity days in the New York Knicks.

Lin made the com­ments dur­ing a press con­fer­ence in Taipei yesterday morn­ing, only few hours af­ter he landed in his par­ents’ home coun­try around mid­night af­ter con­clud­ing his tour of main­land China and Hong Kong.

Pray­ing for Vic­tims of Col­ored Pow­der Fire Dis­as­ter

Dur­ing yesterday’s press event, Lin said he was ex­tremely sorry to hear about the re­cent tragedy in Tai­wan when nearly 500 peo­ple were in­jured dur­ing a col­ored pow­der fire dis­as­ter Satur­day at a wa­ter park in New Taipei City.

“I feel sorry for them be­cause they were sim­ply join­ing an in­ter­est­ing ac­tiv­ity when the ac­ci­dent hap­pened,” he said.

Lin said he will pray for the vic­tims of the tragedy and hopes they will re­cover soon.

Sim­i­lar to his Tai­wan trip of the pre­vi­ous year, dur­ing his on­go­ing week­long stay in Tai­wan, Lin will at­tend a bas­ket­ball camp where high school and ju­nior high school bas­ket­ball play­ers se­lected from around the is­land will have op­por­tu­ni­ties to be coached by the player.

On July 4, 600 fans will have ac­cess to an event where Lin will meet with fans at the Na­tional Tai­wan Univer­sity gym­na­sium.

CNA

Tai­wanese-Amer­i­can NBA player Jeremy Lin ( Taipei.

) poses for pho­to­graphs dur­ing a press con­fer­ence in

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