Jeremy Lin (林書豪), the first US-born NBA player of Taiwanese descent, returned to Taiwan last night to participate in a basketball training camp for local youngsters and attend charity events.
When Lin visited Taiwan last summer as a coach in the training camp, he was still a bench player at Golden State Warriors and “Linsanity” had yet to make international headlines.
Lin was released by the Golden State Warriors late last year and stayed at the Houston Rockets for a short while before he was released again, but since his remarkable performance with the New York Knicks earlier this year, the Houston Rockets have re-signed him with a higher salary.
Despite gaining international popularity, Lin did not forget his Taiwanese fans and during the playing season promised that he would return to Taiwan to meet them and hold a basketball training camp, in which he would personally design the program and act as an instructor.
Lin first met his fans in Taiwan when he arrived for a short two-day visit earlier this month. He arrived last night to prepare for the four-day training camp that is scheduled to start today, followed by a promotional event for a car brand on Saturday.
In the training camp that is to start at the Taipei Physical Education College in Taipei this morning, Lin and Golden State Warriors forward David Lee are to instruct and coach 120 elementary and junior-high school students.
Lin is also to attend an event held by a religious TV station to share how religion has influenced his life and basketball career.
“Faith is the source of my joy and courage when facing difficulties, helping me through hard times,” Lin said.
Lin is scheduled to leave Taiwan on Monday next week.