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Jeremy Lin plays guessing game with Taipei fans

2012/09/01 21:46:09

Taipei, Sept. 1 (CNA) Visiting NBA star Jeremy Lin answered questions and played a "draw and guess" game with fans at a sponsor's event in Taipei on Saturday.

Lin, the first American-born NBA player of Taiwanese descent, is currently in Taiwan on a nine-day visit, mainly for a four-day basketball summer camp and an evangelical gathering.

During the nearly two-hour event Saturday, Lin was asked to demonstrate a talent other than basketball. He draw three items and asked the fans to guess what they were.

Those who guessed right would win a baseball cap and a T-shirt bearing the sponsor's logo and "Lin 7."

Two fans guessed correctly that he was“drawing”steamed dumplings, known locally as "xiaolongbao" and a steering wheel, but Lin had difficulty conveying the concept of the third item.

Even after he hinted that it was a delicious food item his mother makes, the fan still could not guess what it was. Given another hint by the host, the fan eventually guessed correctly that it was a scallion cake.

Afterward, Lin answered all kinds of questions, ranging from why he adores Jason Kidd of the New York Knicks to what he would like to do when he retires.

Asked by a boy how he grew that tall, Lin said he is not picky and eats everything. Milk and sleep also helped him grow to 1.91 meters, he added.

"It's God-given. It's OK your parents are short, as mine are too," said the NBA star, the tallest member of his family.

The organizers of the event also prepared traditional Taiwanese snacks and seasonal fruit for Lin, as he was on a tight schedule and did not have much chance to explore Taiwan.

Lin is scheduled to attend an evangelical gathering hosted by a local television station Sunday before his departure for the United States the next day.

The 24-year-old point guard, whose meteoric rise early this year with the New York Knicks attracted widespread attention, signed a three-year, US$25.1 million contract with the Houston Rockets in July after the Knicks failed to match the offer.

(By James Lee)