Though Jeremy Lin was born in Los Angeles, it hasn’t been forgotten since the rise of “Linsanity” that he is a proud Asian-American athlete. In fact, his parents both emigrated to the United States in the 1970s from Taiwan and both of his parents hold dual citizenship in Taiwan and the U.S.
His heritage and ancestral connection to Taiwan made the Houston Rockets’ NBA preseason game early on Sunday morning (EST) even more special as it was played in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. Adding to the excitement of Lin playing in Taiwan was the environment in a country that has seen basketball rise in popularity rapidly over the past decade.
As seems to be the case with Lin (see: mythical rise to fame in the 2011-2012 season), the game was something right out of a fairy tale for the Rockets point guard. Not only did the Rockets pocket a 107-98 victory over the Indiana Pacers, but Lin was fantastic en-route to the victory.
Lin saw 35 minutes of action, much to the delight of the crowd, and performed beautifully. He finished with 17 points, four assists, three steals, two rebounds and an emphatic chase-down block. Lin also shot a solid 6-8 from the floor and 3-4 from long-range.
Though it was a fun sight to see Lin perform that well in that environment, Lin also showed a lot of positive signs regarding his game. He handled pressure well, was a solid and calculated decision maker, played solid defense, and gave the team a ton of energy when he was on the floor.
I’ve written on several occasions that Patrick Beverley should start over Lin, most recently citing Beverley’s better defense as a reason why. However, if Lin can perform like he did in Taiwan on a regular basis in the regular season, it’s hard not to keep him the starting five over Beverley.