Taiwan Rumors

Zeller’s appearance marks the second straight year that he will participate in the initiative. Last year, he participated in BWB Asia in Taipei, Taiwan. “It is an honor to have another opportunity to participate in Basketball Without Borders,” Zeller said. “I thoroughly enjoyed my experience traveling to Asia last year and I am looking forward to the chance to make lasting impressions on the campers, while also teaching the game that I love.”
Had you ever been to Taiwan? Steven Adams: No. This is the first time. And I’ve been trying to get as cultured as possible. How’s that going? What’s the experience like over there? Steven Adams: Oh, it’s really cool. All the people are really nice. And the food is really good here. Really good. I love the food here. That’s one of the things they pride themselves on, good food. And I love eating. Peas and carrots. What’s the best meal you’ve had? Steven Adams: It’s this place called Din Tai Fung. That’s this really well known dumpling place, and they have, honestly, the best food out. It’s so tasty. So, so good. Straight up. You haven’t lived life if you haven’t had it. I’m dead serious.
“It’s not like Yao in China,” Lin said with a laugh, citing perhaps the only worthy comparison and giving himself a reminder that it has been done before. “The less I know what they are saying or talking about, the better it is for me. I’ve learned to tune it out a lot. I think I’ve gotten a lot more focused on what I need to do as a player and not letting all the outside voices come in. Just like the burden and pressures and feeling like I had to do well for this group of people. ‘Oh, if I don’t do well, what are they going to say? I don’t want to let them down.’ ”
Jeremy Lin, the first American-born NBA player of Taiwanese descent, will arrive in Taiwan Sunday evening for a nine-day visit, during which he will hold a basketball event for local children and attend an evangelical gathering. The 24-year-old point guard, who is currently in Hong Kong on a five-day visit, will host a basketball summer camp for a group of 120 young players Aug. 27-30 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.
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Jeremy Lin, the first American-born NBA player of Taiwanese descent, has neither authorized nor agreed to the publication of any book in Taiwan on his life story, a local law firm said Friday. Formosa Transitional Attorneys at Law issued the statement at Lin’s instruction amid reports that many publishers, including some in Taiwan, are rushing to publish books about his meteoric rise from obscurity to one of the NBA’s biggest stories of the season.
Of course, if the United States team does not want Lin, he could try to play for a different country. Lin’s parents were born in Taiwan and retain dual citizenship in Taiwan and the United States. Lin was born in California and has American citizenship but has been offered dual citizenship in Taiwan by its foreign ministry here, his uncle Lin Chi Chung, said. However, Taiwan, which competes in the Olympics as Chinese Taipei, did not qualify for the London Games in basketball. Or perhaps Lin could play for China, which has secured an Olympic berth and has lacked strong play at point guard in recent years. Lin’s maternal grandmother fled mainland China for Taiwan in the late 1940s, and China has expressed an interest in Lin for its Olympic team.
Lin, as you might have heard, is unknown no longer and neither in a lesser way is Active Faith, which launched a new website over the weekend just in time for a USA Today story hit the web and the streets detailing Lin’s connection with the company. “Within the first three hours, we had 40, 50 orders from China and Taiwan,” Tolliver said. “It has been pretty crazy. My partner, I can’t even talk to him because he has been so busy.”
Some authorities in China have responded, as might be expected, by trying to appropriate Mr Lin. The Chinese city of Pinghu, in coastal Zhejiang Province, sent a missive to its recently remembered former resident, Mr Lin’s grandmother on his mother’s side; officials crowed that she was pleased by the attention her hometown is paying to her grandson’s success. Xinhua, China’s official news service, published a fanciful article urging Mr Lin to take Chinese citizenship and join the national team of the People’s Republic.
Mr Lin is, put plainly, precisely everything that China’s state sport system cannot possibly produce. If Mr Lin were to have been born and raised in China, his height alone might have denied him entry into China’s sport machine, as Time’s Hannah Beech points out: “Firstly, at a mere 6’3”—relatively short by basketball standards—Lin might not have registered with Chinese basketball scouts, who in their quest for suitable kids to funnel into the state sport system are obsessed with height over any individual passion for hoops.”
Now that the Harvard boy is a big star, various enterprises have revealed their intention to buy the trademark from Yu as the “Linsanity” craze spreads, the report went on. However, Yu said she had not yet received any bids for the trademark. The 23-year-old New York Knicks point guard, the NBA’s only Taiwanese American, applied Feb. 13 to trademark “Linsanity.” He was reported to have applied with an application fee of US$1,625 for the use of the name on apparel an
Long before Jeremy Lin rocked the world with his miraculous NBA rise over the past few weeks, a sports company owner in China had the idea that the name would one day be a sensation in the sports world and trademarked it in the China market. Yu Minjie, owner of the company in Wuxi, in eastern China’s Jiangsu Province, last year registered “Jeremy S.H.L 林書豪 (Chinese characters)” as a trademark,
The NBA’s first Chinese-American player, after scoring a team-high 28 points and doling out 14 assists, appealed for consideration for members of his family in Taiwan. “I love my family, I love my relatives,” he said, when asked about his grandmother in Taiwan, who has become something of a celebrity, according to a question asked by a Chinese television reporter. “One special request I have is for the media back in Taiwan to kind of give them their space because they can’t even go to work without being bombarded and people following them,” he said. “I want people to respect the privacy of my relatives in Taiwan. Hopefully this will get back to everybody because they need to live their lives as well,” said Lin, who has won admiration for his humble demeanor and the way he has handled all the attention since bursting onto the sporting scene two weeks ago.
That remains to be seen. Fortunately for Chinese sport fans, the internet provides a ready-made alternative to the state television system. Most of Mr Lin’s games are being made available by live stream on the portal Sina.com. This morning’s game against Mr Yi’s Mavericks was a rather interesting exception, a mysterious little black hole on Sina.com’s NBA schedule. Frustrated Chinese fans had to go looking for dodgier streams elsewhere online.
Mr Lin’s Taiwanese family background seems to pose a special problem. China Central Television (CCTV), the national monopoly that broadcasts NBA games, has not joined in Linsanity. A game featuring Mr Lin a week ago, against the Minnesota Timberwolves, was broadcast on Beijing TV’s sport channel, but the broadcast included the forbidden image of the Taiwanese national flag, held proudly by fans in the stands. (The flag is typically blurred in China if it must appear in news footage). Chinese netizens noticed, and wondered if that would bring a punishment, or a tape delay. CCTV, for its part, told Netease, a Chinese internet portal, that most Knicks games couldn’t be shown due to the “time difference”, “but if time allows, games of the Knicks will definitely be broadcasted preferentially.”
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.
On Wednesday night, Lin Chu, now 85, went to a sports restaurant to watch a delayed broadcast of her grandson’s latest heroics, a last-second shot against the Toronto Raptors that propelled the Knicks to their sixth straight victory since he emerged out of nowhere and took charge of the team. Lin Chu’s face lighted up every time her grandson came on the screen. But each time he fell or was knocked down or elbowed by the Raptors, who played a pugnacious, battering defense against him, her face froze. “I don’t know too much about basketball, but this is not how it should be done — why do they do it?” she said with dismay. “I know nothing about basketball. I only know when Jeremy puts the ball in the basket he has done a good thing.”
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.
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.