Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin. (Photo/CFP)
Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin greeted his fans in Taiwan via video Friday to promote an NBA exhibition game to be played in Taipei in October as part of the NBA Global Games series.
"I'm excited to come back to Taiwan with my team this October for a game against the Indiana Pacers. You have the reputation of being some of the most enthusiastic NBA fans in the world. I'm personally looking forward to seeing you on October 13 and bringing you an unforgettable game," said Lin, the first American of Chinese or Taiwanese descent to play in the NBA.
The game in Taipei will be held at Taipei Arena, and tickets for the contest ranging in price from NT$800 to NT$28,000 will go on sale Saturday.
Lin's video was aired Friday at a news conference that was attended by Taipei mayor Hau Lung-bin, Chinese Taipei Basketball Association chairman Ting Shou-chung, and NBA China CEO David Shoemaker.
The Rockets-Pacers contest will be the second ever NBA preseason exhibition to be held in Taipei. The first was a match-up between the Pacers and the Denver Nuggets in 2009.
Taipei will be one of 10 cities in eight countries to host NBA Global Games this year.
The series will include regular season games in two countries outside the United States and Canada in the same year for the first time, with one to be played in London and the other set for Mexico City.