Lin joined the Rockets from the Knicks over the summer. (File photo/Xinhua)
The home game jersey of Jeremy Lin, the new point guard for the Houston Rockets, officially went on sale around Taiwan on Friday, the local branch of Adidas said.
Over 80 stores in Taiwan launched jersey sales to coincide with the new season that started Wednesday, said Lin Fan-shun, a spokesman for the company, which is authorized to sell the official merchandise in Taiwan.
When Lin sparked "Linsanity" in February by helping his former team the New York Knicks win seven straight games, as many as 10,000 Lin jerseys were sold in Taiwan in just a half month, he said.
The sales of other NBA merchandise also increased significantly because of Lin, who is the first NBA player of Taiwanese descent, he said.
The spokesman said he was optimistic about sales of the new jersey in Taiwan, although they might not exceed the amount sold when Lin was with the Knicks, which decided not to match Houston's three-year US$25 million offer for the 24-year-old this summer.
"As long as Lin is able to complete the full season, sales of his new jersey will not be too bad," he said.
Meanwhile, the Rockets will seek their second consecutive win on Friday (US time) in an away game against the Atlanta Hawks, after beating the Detroit Pistons 105-96 in the season opener.
The lineup of the Rockets is full of young players with an average age of 23.6 years and 1.93 seasons of NBA experience, which could be a challenge or an advantage for the team.
How the Harvard graduate and Harden, who was recently traded to Houston from Oklahoma City and had 37 points and 12 assists in the Rockets' opening game, work together will be the key to winning in the future.
"I would definitely say it surprised me a little bit. I didn't think we were going to be that comfortable, but he knows how to play the game. What we're doing isn't that complicated, it's just tough to guard because it's so spaced out," Lin was quoted as saying on the Rockets' official website after the opener.
"We're not going to be able to do what we did yesterday everyday," Lin noted. "We're going to hit some walls and so it then becomes like a chess match where we have to start figuring out how to counter their counters."
"So it's about developing that chemistry and movement to be able to get swing-swing, pass-pass combinations, or pass-cut combinations and then be able to break the defense down over a period of time," he said.
"I feel blessed to be in this position. Obviously I'm doing something right, so I just have to be humble about it, stick to what I've been doing and take it for what it is, and focus on what I have to do to be a better basketball player every single day," said Harden, who signed a five-year, US$80 million contract extension with Houston.