Thursday March 7, 2013
Lin and Bryant add Asia swing to schedules
LOS ANGELES: Kobe Bryant’s Los Angeles Lakers and Jeremy Lin’s Houston Rockets will travel to Asia for a series of exhibition games in October, the National Basketball Association announced.
The Lakers will play two games in China against the Golden State Warriors, beginning with an Oct 15 contest at the MasterCard Centre arena.
Three days later the same two teams will square off in Shanghai at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.
Lin’s Rockets will play in both Taiwan and the Philippines. Houston face the Indiana Pacers on Oct 13 at the Taipei Arena.
They start their Asia swing with an Oct 10 contest against the Pacers in Manila.
It has been just over a year since ‘Linsanity’ gripped New York Knicks fans and propelled break-out star Lin to global fame. But nowhere is the point guard more popular than in Taiwan.
Lin Shu-hao, who was born in Los Angeles, is the first American of Taiwanese descent to play in the NBA. — AFP