Jeremy Lin (林書豪), the first NBA player of Taiwanese descent, showed his fans a humorous side yesterday by uploading a video that showed him having a good time with a YouTube celebrity and the celebrity’s father in Houston, Texas.
The video had drawn more than 10,000 “likes” within 10 hours of being posted on Lin’s Facebook page.
Called Southern Hospitality — My Day with Papa Jumba and KevJumba, the video started with Lin saying he was looking forward to meeting his friend Kevin Wu, who had invited him for a home-cooked meal.
However, Lin said he was more excited to meet Wu’s father because “the man is a legend.”
Kevin Wu, known by the username KevJumba on YouTube, is a Taiwanese-American known for his comedy videos. He has 2.4 million subscribers on YouTube. His father, Michael Wu is known as Papa Jumba.
When Lin arrived at Wu’s door, Papa Jumba, wearing Lin’s No. 7 Rockets jersey, pushed KevJumba away and hugged Lin enthusiastically.
At dinner time, Papa Jumba took pictures and recorded Lin saying grace at the table.
“We are just connecting,” Lin said in the video. “At one point, he put his arm around me.”
Papa Jumba took the Houston Rockets’ point guard fishing after dinner and generally ignored KevJumba while calling Lin his son instead.
Seemingly jealous of his father and Lin getting along so well, KevJumba pushed Lin into the water.
Papa Jumba retaliated by pushing KevJumba into the water and hastily rescuing Lin.
“Are you okay? Are you cold?” Papa Jumba asked Lin in the video, seemingly deeply concerned.
The video ended with scenes showing some behind-the-scenes shots of the three having fun making the three-minute production.
The Rockets are set to open their seven-game exhibition season against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday, and they begin the regular season on Oct. 31, when they face the Pistons in Detroit.