HoopsHype Taiwan rumors


February 16, 2012 Updates

While acknowledging that the maternal grandmother is still fond of mainland China, where she sponsors a scholarship at her hometown’s high school, Lin Chi Chung said that mainland Chinese culture and Taiwanese culture both dictate that Jeremy Lin’s identity should be determined by his father’s side of the family. “We are a male-dominated society, so while I know there are relatives on the mother’s side on the mainland, you should go by the father’s side, and that is Taiwanese,” he said. Lin Chu remained quiet for the most part during the discussion of her grandson’s identity, preferring to discuss his basketball abilities. She said that she was struggling to understand her grandson’s basketball games because while Lin’s father has been sending her videos of the games for years, she has not tried to watch them until the past few weeks. “My grandson would say, ‘Did you see the films?’ and I hadn’t, but I would tell him I did,” she said. New York Times

December 25, 2011 Updates

Taiwan Mobile has decided to release former NBA draft pick Marcus Fizer for his bad attitude, local media reported. Fizer, who played for TM in only one game, told the team his injury flared up and did not practice with the team since then. He asked not to play this week. According to TM head coach Jia Fan, Fizer also demanded extra preferential treatment. Taiwan Hoops

August 20, 2011 Updates
August 5, 2011 Updates

Lin, a Harvard graduate, is in Taiwan for a three-day charity event Aug. 5-7, and is expected to coach young basketball players at two summer camp events. He confirmed he had been approached by both Taiwan and China to play for the upcoming 2011 FIBA Asia Championship in Wuhan, China, and had told China he would not play for them this year. The only thing that is keeping him from joining Taiwan's national team in the September tournament is an injury to his left knee, which makes him unable to run or jump at the moment, he said. Focus Taiwan

July 25, 2011 Updates

A technical consultant from the NBA said Wednesday that the Taiwan men's basketball national team needed to assemble soon to better prepare for two major games in July and September. Several China-based players, including some of the best ones, have not yet been able to return to join the Taiwan team for the past month's training due to their commitments to their clubs in the China Basketball League (CBL). The 18-man national team is gearing up for the William Jones Cup next month, an annual intercontinental event hosted by Taiwan. The team is also scheduled to play in the FIBA Asia Championship in September to try to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. "That's the first thing that has to happen -- get everybody here that wants to be a part of this team. And I think then and only then are you gonna find out how good they can be," said Bob Hill, a former coach of several NBA teams, including the San Antonio Spurs. Focus Taiwan

June 28, 2011 Updates

Golden State Warriors guard, Jeremy Lin, may be headed to the FIBA Asia Championship this September – with a Taiwanese passport. According to NetEase, Lin has been added to the 24-player training camp roster for the Taiwanese national team. An official announcement was made on Monday by Taiwan Basketball Association chairman, Ting Shou-chung. NiuBBall.com

In addition to Taiwan, who has publicly expressed interest in Lin since the end of the NBA regular season, China has also investigated the feasibility of convincing the former Harvard standout to join the Chinese national team. However, since Chinese law prohibits dual citizenship, the Chinese Basketball Association was quickly refused by the American-born player and his family. NiuBBall.com

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