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Jeremy Lin Cancels China Tour After Trade To The LA Lakers

Posted: 07/12/2014 11:22 pm

jeremy lin china tourJeremy Lin has prematurely stopped his tour of China in order to fly back to the USA where he was traded to the LA Lakers, reports ESPN.

According to a source, the Houston Rockets have agreed to trade Lin and a first-round draft pick to the LA Lakers. The move comes as several trade rumors have swirled around Lin.

Lin apologized to his fans for cancelling the tour and having to return to the US to “take care of some business” on his Weibo account, but promised to come back soon. He seemed to earn quite a bit of sympathy, judging by the comments:

Welcome to the LA Lakers!

Are you going to blow out the Rockets?

Fine then, I can become a Lakers fan then.

Will you understand if I speak in Chinese? “Lin, in getting rid of the Rockets, I wish you good luck.”

Jiayou! (Pump up! Let’s go!)

If there’s any way, can you send me a pair of running shoes?

(We want you to know) we understand.

The big show at the Lakers, congratulations!

You can change your (Weibo) avatar now.

With the Lakers, you should be happy. [sadface.emo] (This comment received 67 upvotes)

Learn well from (LA point guard Steve) Nash!!

Lin’s tour had stops planned in Guangzhou and Dongguan, the latter being where Lin had played a few games with the Dongguan Leopards in 2011. It’s also where Lin has aspirations to open a basketball school.

Photo: Jeremy Lin Weibo


Going Lin-sane: Jeremy Lin Coming to Guangzhou and Dongguan

Posted: 07/7/2014 1:27 pm

jeremy lin china tourHey, PRD: Are you ready to go Lin-sane? Taiwanese-American basketball sensation Jeremy Lin will soon be coming to Guangzhou and Dongguan as part of his week-long China tour, reports China Post.

Lin announced his arrival in China yesterday on his Weibo account.

Dongguan serves as a homecoming of sorts for Lin, who played a few games with the Dongguan Leopards in 2011. He also returned to the city in 2012 to give a four-day basketball training camp as a precursor to the opening of a fully-fledged basketball school in the city.

Lin begins his ten-day tour of China in Beijing, with other stops scheduled in Wuhan and Shanghai. The Houston Rockets point guard will then travel to Taiwan for a week-long stay starting on July 16.

The China tour takes place at a time when trade rumors have been especially strong concerning Lin. The Milwaukee Bucks and the Philadelphia 76ers are reported to be trying to court Lin while the Houston Rockets have openly tried to enlist the services of Anthony Carmelo.

As per his signed contract, Lin is to be paid $15 million to play for the Houston Rockets next season.


Photo: Weibo


NBA stars wearing designs by Guangzhou students

Posted: 09/9/2011 2:01 pm

Story by Nanfang reporter Katei Wang

With no basketball on the horizon back in the United States (and no paycheques forthcoming), some NBA stars are touring around China to raise pocket change for themselves. Some students in Guangzhou decided to roll out the welcome mat by creating distinct t-shirt designs with Chinese characteristics for the basketball stars. The following story is translated from

In order to greet the NBA’s tour of China, Chinese college students in Guangzhou designed special T-shirts for their NBA stars.

Why are these clothes special? Because the logo contains three Chinese characters: Fei (fly), Di (King), and Lei (thunder), which represent Kobe Bryant, Lebron James and Kevin Durant respectively.

“As this is a China tour for the NBA, these T-shirts should contain Chinese elements,” said Ye Wenbin, one of the T-shirt designers from the ART-3 Illustration Group of the 2009 Digital Department of the Huaruan software school at Guangzhou University. “Kobe is also called Black Manba (snake) or Peter Pan, however, in China, Black Manba does not have an auspicious meaning, so Peter Pan looks better.”

Ye said they printed the traditional Chinese word “fei” onto the T-shirt for Kobe and this Chinese logo describes and honours Kobe’s career.


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