Night markets a big attraction for Jeremy Lin in return home
Jeremy Lin ( ), t he first NBA player of Taiwanese descent, said Monday that he hopes to spend more time at Taiwan’s night markets — his favorite places in the country.
Returning to Taiwan for the fourth consecutive year as part of an Asian tour, Lin said at a press briefing in Taipei that he had spent only 10 to 15 minutes at the country’s night markets on his previous trips.
“So I hoped that there would be a year when I could stay longer and look around at night markets, which have been my favorite places since my childhood,” the Los Angeles Lakers point guard said.
Upon arrival in Taiwan at about 1 a. m. Monday, the 26- year- old was greeted by dozens of cheering fans. He is scheduled to stay for one week, during which will spend some time coaching at a basketball camp that is expected to be attended by 60 high school bas- ketball players from around the country.
On July 4, he will meet with about 600 fans at National Taiwan University gymnasium.
Lin has just completed a oneweek visit to China, where he attended basketball camps and gave television interviews.
He is expected to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 after his three- year, US$ 25 million contract expires at the end of this season.
Impressed by Game Tactics
of Popovich, Rivers
Lin said Monday that he was impressed by the game tactics developed by coaches Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs coach and Doc Rivers of the Los Angeles Clippers.
“There are two coaches in the NBA who are very smart — Greg Popovich and Doc Rivers,” Lin said at a press conference to kick off a week- long visit to Taiwan.
the two renowned head coaches play a lot of pick and rolls in their offensive sets, they can still set up other “creative” plays after each timeout, Lin said.
However, Lin said that his former New York Knicks head coach Mike D’Antoni remains his favorite in the NBA because his own playing style best fits D’Antoni’s run- and- gun offense.
Lin, the first NBA player of Taiwanese descent, rose from obscurity to superstardom after leading the struggling New York Knicks to a seven- game winning streak in 2012. Lin is expected to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 after his threeyear, US$ 25 million contract expires at the end of this season.
The 26- year- old point guard started 30 of his 74 games this season with the Los Angeles Lakers, averaging 11.2 points, 4.6 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game.
He is currently on a tour of Asia, returning to Taiwan for the fourth consecutive year.