Night mar­kets a big at­trac­tion for Jeremy Lin in re­turn home

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

Although

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.

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