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Linsanity hits Taiwan again as Jeremy Lin returns

2012/08/26 23:10:33

Taipei, Aug. 26 (CNA) Taiwan was swept up in Linsanity again Sunday when Jeremy Lin arrived from Hong Kong for a nine-day stay, during which he will hold a basketball training camp for young children and attend an evangelical gathering.

Accompanied by his parents and younger brother, Lin used normal channels to get through immigration at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, surprising and exciting many passengers who came in close contact with the NBA sensation.

On his previous visit to Taiwan in early August, he was whisked away from the airport through a VIP channel to avoid crowds.

Lin is back in Taiwan after having spent nearly three weeks in China and Hong Kong for basketball promotional events and Christian gatherings.

A devout Christian, Lin said at an evangelical event in Hong Kong prior to his departure for Taipei that religious faith has helped him get through difficult time in the NBA.

He was referring to his struggle before his spectacular breakout performances with the New York Knicks in February. The Harvard economics graduate was waived twice before joining the Knicks. He was then briefly demoted to the Development League.

During those dark days, Lin said he was worried that he might not be able to return to the NBA. Christian faith has given him strength to overcome those challenges, Lin said, adding that he is also very grateful for his parents' unwavering support for his basketball career.

Lin celebrated his 24th birthday in Hong Kong on Aug. 23. He also shared his hoops skills and NBA experiences with youngsters and his fans during his five-day stay in Hong Kong.

Starting Monday, Lin will host a four-day basketball summer camp for a group of 120 young players and hold a private charity event Aug. 31.

After attending a sponsor's event Sept. 1, Lin will join an evangelical gathering hosted by a local television station the next day before his departure Sept. 3.

The hoopster rose to global stardom from the New York bench in February, and signed a three-year, US$25.1 million contract with the Houston Rockets in July.

(By Pien Chin-feng and Sofia Wu)
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