Taipei--Taiwanese-American NBA player Jeremy Lin welcomes any athlete with his last name to have their performance described as "Linsanity" -- a term coined for the craze Lin generated when he unexpectedly turned around the New York Knicks' season in 2012.
Meeting the press after arriving in Taipei, Lin was asked about the use of "Linsanity" to describe the emergence of Taiwanese baseball player Lin Tzu-wei and his impressive stint with the Boston Red Sox since being called up on June 24.
Jeremy Lin said he wasn't greedy and would support anyone dubbed "Linsanity," including a 14-year-old basketball player also named Jeremy Lin who has become a well-known figure on the internet.
"I hope they all do well," he said.
Since being called up to the big leagues from Double-A Portland, Lin not only became the first Taiwanese major leaguer to get three hits in a game, he has generally performed very well. He is currently hitting .311 and has an on-base percentage of .415.
Jeremy Lin, who was injured for much of this past season and played in only 36 of 82 regular season games for the Brooklyn Nets, said he is healthy again.
His goals for the coming season are to avoid injury and sharpen his shooting skills from three-point range, and he is focusing his off-season training on those areas, he said.
Lin is on an eight-day visit to Taiwan, during which he will teach at a basketball camp, attend promotional events for a sports brand and play basketball with pop singer Jam Hsiao.
Source: Overseas Community Affairs Council