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Jeremy in Shanghai: latest news & pics

Thursday, August 16th, 2012
by John

Here’s a recap of some of what Jeremy Lin has been doing in Shanghai this week.

On Sunday and Monday, Jeremy was out on the basketball court shooting some new TV commercials for Kentucky Fried Chicken (China).

August 13th, 2012 - Jeremy Lin films a KFC China commercial in Shanghai

Later it was announced that Jeremy would be the spokesperson for a KFC-China national youth 3-on-3 basketball tournament that is held in over 500 cities. He promised he will show up for the debut game of the new season in early September.

On Tuesday (August 14th), Jeremy filmed a new Volvo commercial to promote their new S60 model. Below are photos from the shoot.

August 14th, 2012 - Jeremy Lin in a Volvo S60

August 14th, 2012 - Jeremy Lin in a photo shoot for Volvo

August 14th, 2012 - A Volvo poster with Jeremy Lin on it

Click here for more photos of Jeremy at the Volvo photo shoot.

On Wednesday (August 15th), Jeremy and his family were guest stars for the recording of the inaugural show of China’s Got Talent (Season 4) ????? for Shanghai Oriental TV.

August 15th, 2012 - Jeremy Lin and his family at China's Got Talent TV show

At the end of the show, the crew wheeled out a big birthday cake to pre-celebrate Jeremy’s 24th birthday, which is August 23rd.

August 15th, 2012 - Jeremy Lin gets presented an early birthday cake on the set of China's Got Talent

Click here for many more photos of Jeremy and his family, including brother Joseph, at the China’s Got Talent show. Thanks to Raymond for posting the news and pics in the forum.

Jeremy now in China [lots of pics]

Sunday, August 12th, 2012
by John

As you may know, Jeremy is currently on a one-month trip to Taiwan and China. On Tuesday, he left Taiwan and arrived in Beijing for a few days. Unlike his arrival in Taipei last week, there were no fans or media at the airport waiting for him, nor at the St. Regis Hotel where he is staying.

August 7th, 2012 - Jeremy arrives at the Beijing airport

August 7th, 2012 - Jeremy arrives at the Beijing airport

Click here to see more photos of Jeremy’s arrival at the Beijing airport.

After Jeremy checked into this hotel, Jeremy stayed true to his workout ethic and went to a nearby facility for a 2-hour training session.

On Wednesday, Jeremy attended an online Q&A with the founder and chairman of Geely Automobile, Li Shufu (Geely is the second largest private automobile manufacturer in China and acquired Volvo in March 2010). The theme of the topic was “chasing one’s dream.”

August 8th, 2012 - Jeremy Lin has an online Q&A session with the Geely chairman

Click here for more photos from the online Q&A session, and photos with Li Shufu.

On Thursday, Jeremy paid a visit to a primary school for children of migrant workers in Chang Ping of Beijing.

August 9th, 2012 - Jeremy Lin visits a school of children of migrant workers in Chang Ping

August 9th, 2012 - Jeremy Lin visits a school of children of migrant workers in Chang Ping

August 9th, 2012 - Jeremy Lin visits a school of children of migrant workers in Chang Ping

Click here for more photos of Jeremy at the school.

Later, Jeremy attended a press conference to announce his summer basketball camp for Chinese kids. The camp will be held in the Dongguan Basketball School starting August 19th, with 80 kids from all over the country joining the camp. Preliminary camps had been held in 8 different cities to scout and pick the participants of the camp.

August 11, 2012 - Jeremy Lin has a press conference to announce his basketball camp to be held in Shanghai later in the month of August

August 11, 2012 - Jeremy Lin has a press conference to announce his basketball camp to be held in Shanghai later in the month of August

On Saturday, Jeremy flew to Shanghai and was received completely different than his arrival in Beijing earlier in the week. Hundreds of fans waited for him at the airport, and bodyguards were needed to get him through the crowd.

August 11th, 2012 - Jeremy Lin arives in Shanghai

August 11th, 2012 - Jeremy Lin arives in Shanghai

August 11th, 2012 - Jeremy Lin arives in Shanghai

Click here for more photos of Jeremy’s arrival in Shanghai, and stay tuned for more updates of Jeremy in Shanghai. A big thanks goes to Raymond for helping provide this info.

Jeremy skypes with 5-year old fan upset he’s no longer a Knick [video]

Friday, August 10th, 2012
by John

What other player do you know would get on a Skype call with a fan to console him for leaving his favorite team?

The father of 5-year old Naim posted a video on YouTube of his son’s despondence over Jeremy’s departure from the Knicks. Lin evidently saw the video and offered to get on Skype with the kid.

The video is below. Most of it involves alot of chit-chat on Naim’s side of the call, with very little spoken by Jeremy that can be heard because of poor audio. You can get the gist of the entire video in the first minute.

Video of crowd going crazy over Jeremy in Taipei

Monday, August 6th, 2012
by John

In cased you missed it, here’s a video from a Taipei news station reporting on the crowd frenzy over Jeremy at a Nike event in Taipei on Saturday.

The Wall Street Journal also has a great interview of Jeremy in Taipei right here. There were two quotes that I thought were really poignant:

“What I have done is nothing compared to what Yao has done. He has done a lot for me, actually. What he did throughout his career helped me a lot,” said Lin.

and this one…

While acknowledging that Asian basketball players in the U.S. may be treated unfairly in some ways, he said being Asian in a sport with few Asians has its advantages.

No one expects anything from you and no one thinks you are going to be good,” he said. “Why this is an advantage is that everyone takes you lightly, and the minute you step out into the court and you give it to them, you will immediately earn their respect. But no one is going to give it to you right away. Not in America at least,” he said.

Jeremy in Taiwan

Sunday, August 5th, 2012
by John

Jeremy Lin arrived in Taipei on Saturday to start a one-month tour of Taiwan and China. He will be in Taiwan for 2 or 3 days before departing for mainland China where he will be visiting 3 or 4 cities for his sponsors Nike and Volvo.

Here’s a photo of Jeremy landing at the Taiwan airport at 5:00am in the morning after a long flight from San Francisco.

August 3rd, 2012 - Jeremy Lin arrives in Taipei

Hundreds of diehard fans waited for him through the night at the airport. It would have been tough for Jeremy to meet with them after such a long flight, so he went straight to the hotel. But he did record a short video on his mobile phone, and asked China Airlines to play the video in the airport to thank his fans.

Later in the day, Jeremy went to a secondary school (Nan Shan) where he went through basketball drills for 4 hours. Check out the madness at the school as he arrived:

August 3rd, 2012 - A big crowd awaits Jeremy Lin's arrival at the Nan Shan Secondary School in Taipei

August 3rd, 2012 - Jeremy Lin prepares to do a basketball workout at a secondary school in Taipei

Later on Friday night, Jeremy made an appearance at a Nike event to launch his new line of Hyperdunk shoes.

August 3rd, 2012 - Jeremy Lin's new Nike shoes called Hyperdunk

Thousands of fans showed up hours early to get a good spot at the Nike event.

August 3rd, 2012 - A large crowd awaits Jeremy Lin at a Nike event

Some fans also showed up early to buy the first official Jeremy Lin Rocket T-shirts.

August 4th, 2012 - Jeremy Lin Rocket t-shirts on sale in Taipei

August 3rd, 2012 - Jeremy Lin speaks at a Nike event in Taipei

Click here for more photos of Jeremy’s Friday activities in Taipei.

On August 19th – 22nd, he will hold a basketball clinic in Dongguan for 50 kids who were hand picked from 8 basketball camps held in the past 3 months in multiple Chinese cities.

On August 25th, he’ll leave China for Hong Kong for a couple of days to speak at the Asia World Expo to give a Christian-oriented speech about “The Story Behind Linsanity.” Afterwards, he will be flying back to Taiwan where he will conduct another basketball clinic from August 27th – 30th. After a couple of more activities on September 1st and 2nd, Lin will fly back to the U.S.

Two insightful articles about Lin (growing up, and how the Rockets got him)

Thursday, July 26th, 2012
by John

In case you missed it, a couple of articles about Jeremy Lin from the past few days has been published that I really wanted to bring to your attention.

This one from the Houston Chronicle is similar to many that we have read about Lin’s upbringing, but has much more information than has been revealed before. For example…

– When he was in the 8th grade, he told his pastor that he would play in the NBA someday.

– Details about Lin’s high school in Palo Alto, CA.

– His brother Joseph, who plays at a Division III school in New York, is a better shooter than Jeremy.

– His parents put academics first.

– As a child, he made his Sunday school teachers cry since he was such a handful.

– He was a little cocky and stubborn as a ninth grader, with his shooting coach saying that Lin was “practically uncoachable.”

– While in high school, he broke his ankle in a YMCA pickup game, which became a turning point “because it humbled me and made me realize that I couldn’t take anything in life for granted.”

– His father is 5-6, and neither of his brothers is 6-0. Lin grew to 6-3 in college and now weighs 212 pounds.

– When he is back in Palo Alto, he sleeps in the same bedroom at his parents’ home. He recently turned one of the spare bedrooms in his parents’ house into a “man cave,” and even went to Ikea and assembled the furniture himself.

– Much, much more!

The other article from the Chronicle goes into detail how the Rockets went after signing Lin.

– The Rockets decided early that they were going to pursue signing Lin, even with Kyle Lowry on the roster. It turned out to be a smart move. General Manager Daryl Morey states the following:

“We planned the free-agent targets we were going to go after at that meeting. He was high on the list. We thought that strategically moving (Kyle) Lowry might be the right choice because we thought we could get the most for him. We thought turning him into a lottery pick would be the right thing. We did anticipate we might lose Goran (Dragic) because we knew he was going to be pursued by multiple teams and if it was a deal we were not comfortable with, we knew we’d have to walk away. We were going after Jeremy no matter what.”

– They wanted to sign Lin after the 2010 Las Vegas Summer League, but the Golden State Warriors outbid them.

– After Lowry was traded to Toronto (since the Raptors weren’t able to acquire Steve Nash), it was Rockets’ owner Leslie Alexander‘s idea to get more aggressive in increasing the offer to Lin and his agents. Morey didn’t think they would be open to more money since it would make it more difficult for the Knicks to match it, and was surprised when they accepted.

– Morey thought the Knicks would match the Rockets’ offer up until the very last minute when the Knicks let Lin know they would not be matching it.

NY Times article gets quotes from Yao on Jeremy signing with Houston

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
by John

Today’s print edition of the New York Times published a good piece on Jeremy Lin following Yao’s path in the NBA and China, getting some quotes from Yao himself. Here are some interesting excerpts:

So it was no surprise that as Lin figured out his future, seeking millions on the free-agent market while trying to remain loyal to the Knicks, he consulted with Yao.

This time, Yao said, he was of only limited help.

“Only he knew what he needed most,” Yao said in a telephone interview from China. “He had to make the decision on his own. I didn’t want to affect him too much.”

Lin’s decision to sign an offer sheet from the Houston Rockets, Yao’s former team, and the Knicks’ decision to let Lin go, set off a fierce debate in New York.

Yao, for his part, thought the outcome was ideal.

“I’m so glad the Knicks didn’t match the contract,” Yao said. “Houston is a good place for Jeremy to come to. It’s a good fit because both sides can provide the best opportunity for each other.

Yao recalled that the environment in a smaller market helped make him a better player. In eight seasons, all with the Rockets, the 7-foot-6 Yao averaged 19 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocks as a center.

“In Houston, we have a very good community and great fans,” Yao said. “With less media coverage, I think it made me focus more on basketball. I think that’s one reason I played so well.

The Rockets hope that Lin, who is of both Chinese and Taiwanese descent, can continue the franchise’s popularity in China, for which Yao was responsible.

The people in China are very familiar with Houston,” said Yao, who, since retiring from the N.B.A. because of chronic injuries, has become the owner of the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association. “The Rockets have been a symbol here for the last 10 years, and now that can be continued. It’s great for people here. I can’t imagine them being any more excited than this.

Yao is happy Jeremy is a Rocket

Friday, July 20th, 2012
by John

The Houston Chronicle’s beat writer Jonathan Feigen posted an article this morning with quotes from Yao about Jeremy Lin becoming a Rocket. Here are some quotes:

He stayed out of the Rockets efforts to bring Jeremy Lin back to Houston, but as they pursued the player they hope will become their future star, their former star wanted Lin in Houston, too. By Friday, a year to the day after Yao officially announced his retirement, he was happy a friend had joined his team.

“I heard the Rockets gave Jeremy an offer few days ago,” Yao said via email while traveling to London for the Olympics. “I just wished the Big Apple would not match that. Fortunately the Knicks didn’t.

“I consider Jeremy Lin a very good puzzle (piece) for the reconstruction of the Rockets. He is an excellent team player, and at the critical time he will not be soft, which has been proven in the past. But most important is his experience, just like the Rockets, always underestimated by others. It is this kind of environment created his invincible personality.”

“I believe the Rockets made a good decision,” Yao said. “I wish the team good luck on the new season.”

All of this excitement over Lin joining the Rockets reminds me so much of 10 years ago when the mania over Yao Ming started.

Videos and pics from JLin’s intro in Houston

Friday, July 20th, 2012
by John

Here’s a recap of some of Jeremy Lin‘s Thursday’s press conference in Houston:

Full video of the press conference:

Here’s a link to Lin’s interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols on Thursday as well:

…And here are pics…

July 19th, 2012 - Jeremy Lin answers questions from the Houston media at Toyota Center

July 19th, 2012 - Jeremy Lin answers questions from the Houston media at Toyota Center at his initial press conference as a Rocket

July 19th, 2012 - Jeremy Lin answers questions from the press next to Rockets owner Leslie Alexader

July 19th, 2012 - Jeremy Lin holds up his new Houston Rockets jersey after his initial press conference in Houston with owner Leslie Alexander

July 19th, 2012 - Jeremy Lin holds up his new Houston Rockets jersey after his initial press conference in Houston

July 19th, 2012 - Jeremy Lin signs his 3-year contract with the Houston Rockets

July 19th, 2012 - Jeremy Lin signs his 3-year contract with the Houston Rockets

July 19th, 2012 - Jeremy Lin dons his new Houston Rockets uniform after signing with the team

July 19th, 2012 - Jeremy Lin dons his new Houston Rockets uniform after signing with the team.

It’s official! Linsanity coming to Houston!

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012
by John

Breaking news! Click on the images below to see the underlying news stories.

Congratulations to the Rockets, owner Leslie Alexander, and GM Daryl Morey for pulling off something that everyone thought would be impossible. Houston has really needed a shot in the arm after so many disappointments (Yao’s injuries, missing the playoffs the last 3 seasons, etc.).

Welcome to Houston, Jeremy!

July 17th, 2012 - ESPN headline that Jeremy Lin is headed to Houston

July 17th, 2012 - NY Times headline that Jeremy Lin is headed to Houston