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Lin relished Taiwan visit

Staff writer, with CNA

Basketball phenomenon Jeremy Lin holds up gifts from Taiwanese fans in a photo taken from his Facebook page yesterday.

Photo: CNA

Jeremy Lin (林書豪), the first NBA player of Taiwanese descent, who recently traveled to Beijing after a four-day visit to Taiwan, has tweeted that he relished every moment of his stay in Taiwan.

Lin tweeted his appreciation for the enthusiastic support from Taiwan, along with a photograph featuring him surrounded by gifts from his Taiwanese fans, including posters made by the fans themselves.

“Unbelievable support from Taiwan ... these gifts are sweet,” the Harvard economics graduate wrote on Twitter.

“Now in Beijing,” Lin said, adding that he was keen to have some Peking duck during his stay.

Lin arrived in Beijing on Aug. 7. According to media reports, he practiced basketball at the Canadian International School in Beijing the following day. He then chatted with Chinese fans on Sina Weibo, China’s biggest Twitter-like microblogging platform. Thousands of Chinese fans posed questions to Lin, who answered just 11 of them.

In one reply, he said he hoped to work for churches or charities to help those in need after he retires from basketball.

He also consoled a young fan who had just stumbled in China’s highly competitive university entrance examinations, saying that while it may take a long time to realize one’s dream, every hurdle along the way can turn out to be an aid in the future.

Lin, who signed a three-year, US$25.1 million contract with the Houston Rockets last month, made two public appearances during his Saturday to Tuesday Taipei visit — a street hoops gala and a news conference. He will return to Taiwan later this month to attend a four-day training camp for 120 young players.

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