Posted October 08, 2013 on
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Linsanity is gripping the Philippines.
Jeremy Lin, the NBA's first American-born player of Taiwanese descent, stole the spotlight Tuesday as the Houston Rockets practiced for the first NBA preseason game in the basketball-obsessed country.
Lin was mobbed by reporters and photographers on a Manila basketball court, a day after the Rockets and Indiana Pacers arrived in the capital for Thursday's game.
Lin said he was thankful for a chance ''to inspire people, especially my fellow Asians.''
''I'm excited to play here and in Taiwan,'' he said. ''I think the fans don't get a chance to often watch an NBA game live, so hopefully they'll really enjoy the experience and I think we're going to definitely enjoy it as well.''
Lin said he's had a taste of the ''electric environment'' of the Philippines, which tops the list of countries outside the U.S. following the NBA on Facebook and Twitter.
Lin said his Taiwanese parents told him good things about the Philippines.
''I'm glad to see and feel the warmth they showed to me in person when I got the chance to walk in the mall last night. Everyone was polite, respectful and I was really blown away,'' he said.
Last season was Lin's first full season in the NBA, and he started all 82 games for Houston. In the previous two seasons, he played less than half seasons for the New York Knicks and the Golden State Warriors.
''They were different times in my life,'' he said, comparing his stay with the Rockets and Knicks. ''Different stages, different roles, different systems. ... I can't really compare the two. My goal is just to get better every year.''
Handling fame and fortune, he said, are a ''constant battle.''
''I'm human. There's always that element of pride that I have to fight,'' he said, adding that his Christian faith ''is very integral, not just me being an athlete but as a person.''
Lin said he's trying not to think too much about the pressure to perform as an Asian-American in Asia.
''I think for me, I just want to be as much as myself as I can, and then be real and as authentic as I can be and let everything else follow,'' he said.
BEST OF MAXIM
Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard is already feeling comfortable enough around his new teammates to start joking around with them. To illustrate this point, Howard uses a slick move to wrap his arm around the back of Jeremy Lin's head and start rubbing his ear without being caught during Saturday's NBA preseason game against New Orleans.
It's all fun and games...
With the Houston Rockets overseas to play in their next few preseason games, guard Jeremy Lin will get a chance to show off his ability in places like the Philippines and Taiwan.
Check out the below tweet that Jeremy sent from the Manila airport which shows a rather large entourage of people ready to greet him straight from the plane:
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During his time in Orlando, Dwight Howard was known as a bit of a prankster and it looks like that has transferred to his time with the Houston Rockets.
Check out D-12 using some stealthy rubbing action on Jeremy Lin’s ear without his knowledge during Saturday’s Pelicans game:
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