Despite his big-money move to the Rockets, Jeremy Lin's head hasn't gotten too big. (Photo courtesy of Jeremy Lin's Facebook)
A film showing NBA star Jeremy Lin wearing a giant Hello Kitty head to evade paparazzi in Taiwan has gone viral, with over 360,000 hits on YouTube and thousands of shares on Facebook.
Within 23 hours of Lin posting the YouTube link on his Facebook page, it had drawn more than 20,000 "likes" and had been shared over 4,000 times.
"Thanks to all the fans for my unforgettable Asia trip!" Lin posted alongside the film.
The short film, directed by Peter Radovich of CBS, shows Lin donning a huge Hello Kitty head to sneak out of his hotel to an outdoor basketball court in Taipei on Aug. 29. His efforts to squeeze into a car wearing the oversized Hello Kitty head are one of the highlights.
As of Friday evening, the YouTube video was showing around 360,000 hits.
With the help of the disguise, the 24-year-old point guard, along with Golden State Warriors power forward David Lee, managed to get away from the press to play with local basketballers in an impromptu session on an outdoor court in eastern Taipei.
Lin, the first American-born NBA player of Taiwanese descent, spent about 30 minutes playing three-on-three with local youth, while about 100 people looked on.
The Taipei trip was part of his one-month tour in Asia, during which he traveled to China, Hong Kong and Taiwan to promote the sport and attend evangelical Christian events. "It's been a fun month. I'll remember it for the rest of my life, and I'll see you guys next year," he told his fans.
Lin, whose meteoric rise early this year with the New York Knicks attracted widespread attention, signed a three-year, US$25.1 million contract with the Houston Rockets in July after the Knicks failed to match the offer.