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Jeremy Lin Personally Invited to Play in Yao Ming’s Charity Game

Wanna know how big time Jeremy Lin is?

Houston Rockets center Yao Ming is having his annual Charity basketball game in Taipei on Wednesday. All-World center Dwight Howard is playing.  So is rookie point guard sensation Brandon Jennings. And NBA’s Most Improved Player Aaron Brooks.

But with a lineup like that already set, Yao Ming felt the need to pick up the phone and call Lin personally to invite him to play. Lin accepted and is leaving tonight. Not bad for a guy who would be doing well to get 10 minutes a game as a rookie.

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LIN: “I’m extremly excited and honored to have been personally invited by Yao Ming to participate in his charity game. I can’t wait to meet him and be a part of this special event.”

Lin — the first Asian-American on the Warriors since Raymond Townsend in ’78 — hasn’t been to Taiwan since he was in the 7th grade. His parents are both natives of Taiwan. So, no doubt, the native son will have some serious support at Taipei Arena on Wednesday. The only other rookie on Yao’s celebrity squad is Luke Babbitt, who was drafted No. 16 overall and traded to Portland.

Yao’s team will play against the Shanghai Sharks Chinese National Team. The game is for the Yao Ming Foundation, which is helping re-build schools in provinces of China devastated by earthquake.

Bill Duffy, Yao Ming’s agent: “Yao Ming is proud of how Jeremy has positioned himself to pursue his dream of playing in the NBA. In addition to his desire to help the Children in Taiwan, who are in need, he also wanted all of the citizens of Taiwan to celebrate the accomplishments of Jeremy.”

This event is the latest in what has been a whirlwind of a month for Lin. After going undrafted in late-June, he became a NBA summer league star and signed with his childhood team, which has set off media storm. There are talks of shoe deals, billboards in the Bay Area, and fans ready to deem him a starter.

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Despite it all the chaos, Lin seems to be enjoying it. Check out this post on his Twitter page (JLin7):

“Going to Taiwan for Yao’s charity game. Funny txt msg from a friend: “Congrats on signing! U and David Lee. That’s 2 asians on the same team.”

Marcus Thompson

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  • http://twitter.com/poormanscommish Poor Man’s Commish

    TRUE STORY…

    Asian-American (not me) who shall remain nameless: “What, you didn’t invite Jeremy Lin to your charity game?”

    Yao: “Oh $%&*! Do u have his #?”

    I love it when Asian-Americans help other Asian-Americans.

  • robert rowell

    lol at the text.

    well, good for the kid. dreams do come true if you work your butt off, (and you got the talent) that’s the moral here. i hope he does well, and more importantly, can contribute something next season.

  • Fierce South

    Would Jason Kidd have received this much local buzz if the Warriors had somehow drafted him after he left Cal?

  • haastheman

    Kidd would have gotten so much publicity it would have been rediculous. He would have been the basketball version of Ricky Henderson.

  • chris gatling

    Oh Yeah, Kid was already the top PG in the nation going into the draft. It would have been bonkers if the W’s landed him.

    The Lin thing is huge not only because he’s asian, but he also lit up the summer league and john wall. If it were a local hispanic or filipino pg doing the same thing against wall and the rest of summer league, there would be much hype as well.

    Maybe not Yao hype, but hype non the less.The bay supports the bay! Who else is gonna do it, ..LA?

  • Big Roob

    As much as I like Lin signing with the Warriors… any fan that wants to deem him a starter already needs to get their head checked. Let’s see how he does against NBA caliber players on a night by night basis before we say we want him starting. Oh yeah, and Stephen Curry is our starting point guard. Remember him? He’s pretty good.

  • William Dela Torre Sr.

    Way to go Jeremy, Oracle Arena is going to be a playoff atmosphere every night LOL. We’re proud of you.

  • JZ

    I hope he doesn’t get injured…

  • OliverStone

    His first real test.

    Can he play “Jet-Lagged”

  • Hook Mitchell

    Just wondering if other Asian players in the NBA are participating in the game.

    PF Yi Jilian. Bucks. Nets.

    G Yunlong Sue. Lakers.

    One of my all time favorites. Zhi Zhi Wang.

    Just curious…

  • Reno

    Didn’t know David Lee’d been wearing a disguise all these years. Had us all fooled, that dang’d Asian…

  • J-Walk

    I think folks are dangerously close to suggesting that Lin is only getting this attention strickly due to being Asian. I’m not Asian and I can see that he deserves the hype for much more than that. It’s the ultuimate underdog, overcoming the odds, American type perseverance story. If you can’t get on board with that, and only think because he’s Asian he got signed by the Dubs, then you’re blinded.

  • deano

    A team from Shanghai is playing in Taipei in a charity game to benefit mainland earthquake victims? Holy Glasnost! That is very cool.

  • Dashile

    Does anyone ever wonder why the Warriors are the joke of the NBA? They had Josh Powell at one time. Sorry but they should have drafted Monroe and they still have no back for AB. No crediable SF Azebuke would have fit the spot or Pietruis

    They sign a PG, a guy from god knows where. Let CJ a better version sign with the Bulls.

    Drunk at the wheel; Nelson’s time has come and gone but he never really had all the pieces either his own undoing w/rookies or past prime vets. He got paid though. Where are you now Barron?

    SJackson goes to the Bobcats and they hmake the playoffs. Harrington is a ball hawk but never played his natural position…And these are but a few mistakes the Warriors have made in player evaluations

    And why do they always get hurt…it’s no coincidence strenght and conditioning has never been the Warriors’ strong suite..I’m just cryin’ blues in my beer. Please let the New Warriors show some “Basketball Sense”. Clean house and start from square 1….We fans have seen it all by now…Madness and Follies

  • http://www.jerseys-factory.com lisa

    jerseys-factory.com: I hope Lee will be fine; Yao always great

  • j.dog

    I’m glad 2 c he chose the warriors our home team. Good luck jeremy at yao’s charity game and next season. BAY AREA IN THE HOUSE’BLAZE IT UP;;;;;;;;;;;;

  • Say What?

    Just wondering if other Asian players in the NBA are participating in the game.

    PF Yi Jilian. Bucks. Nets.

    G Yunlong Sue. Lakers.

    One of my all time favorites. Zhi Zhi Wang.

    Just curious…

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    Yunlong Sue? WAY OFF! lol it’s Sun Yue.

    and no Jeremy’s team did not play the Chinese national team. The Chinese national team played in Yao’s charity game when they were in China.

    Also if Raymond Townsend is being counted as Asian-American, then he wouldn’t be the most recent. Robert Swift and Corey Gaines were both part Japanese. Also just for additional purposes, Nate Robinson is 1/8th Filipino. That’s big because the Philippine national team tries to recruit anyone that is of Filipino descent.

  • meir34

    Principals or princples, Marcus? Or Principals without principles?

  • meir34

    Someone should write a column detailing the tremendous hostility from the local press about Nellie.

    Does it all trace to the Webber mess?

    Because the forgetting We Believe and 48 win season that followed despite trading JR for nothing, as it turned out, to hanging him for Baron’s refusal to sign on for that 1 year, Monta mopeding and injuries and failed to obtain promised big time player additions, combined with last year’s short handed, 5 D League or Non-drafted first or second year players, and all the injures, hardly seems a fair evaluation of his talent. Wheres the previous seasons do, just on talent available, wouldn’t you say? So the contumely has to go way beyond this, and it has crept into reporting all year. Ditto on what was turned into a Mota v Curry, take your sides, media created or overblown situation.

  • meir34

    One other area Nellie is being blasted over is his handling of draftees like POB, Ike Diagu, BW. ARand smaller Marco Belinelli.

    If that’s so, then POB and Ike and Marco’s subsequent coaches must have been equally guilty. And Wright producing only a few good weeks of play in three years must be Nellie’s fault, as was his shoulder problems. Marco got his shot as a rookie and was so bad I couldn’t understand why a team would waste a second round pick on him, let alone a first.

    But forgotten was his taking Biedrins and Ellis, who got few minutes the year before under Montgomery, and making them into players. And using Curry all year to the results we can see;

    This hatred of Nellie is almost visceral and the distotions that have been used makes the many look like the Sarah Palins of the NBA GSW Beat World.

  • http://www.sina.com Korey Hanahan

    comment se faire des amis