The Indiana Pacers moved on from the 'Malaise in Manila' on Thursday/Friday (depending on where you are in the world), arriving in Taipei, Taiwan at 3:00 am local time with a crowd awaiting them at the airport.
3am meant nothing to the 1000s of fans waiting for the team to arrive in Taiwan. @dgranger33 signed & took photos. pic.twitter.com/Xawf78rO1a— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) October 10, 2013
Later in the day, a large group of media gathered for a press conference with Frank Vogel, Paul George and Roy Hibbert to begin hyping up their appearance in Taiwan and game with the Houston Rockets on Sunday (1:30am ET).
Unlike in Manila where the crowd was happy to have the NBA in town, the Taipei fans expect to heavily favor the Rockets. Both of Jeremy Lin's parents are of Taiwanese descent which makes Lin a local legend in Taipei which also further explains the scene at the airport. But no doubt, some of those Lin fans will continue following the Pacers after their early-morning encounter.
Check out the links:
Game Rewind: Pacers 96, Rockets 116 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS
No alarms ringing just yet, but Pacers look sloppy - 1070 The Fan
Rockets beat Pacers 116-96 in 1st game in Manila - AP
Jeremy Lin arrives in Taiwan for NBA preseason game | Sports | FOCUS TAIWAN - CNA ENGLISH NEWS
Linsanity In Taipei Is An Early Wakeup Call " Hang Time Blog | NBA.com
Rockets golden in Manila - The Dream Shake
Indiana Pacers lose 116-96 to Houston Rockets in exhibition play in Philippines | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
Dwight Howard hears boos, "Kobe" chants at Philippines game | ProBasketballTalk
Twitter - Pacers: Today's press conference in Taiwan w/ Coach, @Hoya2aPacer & @Paul_George24 had more media than Game 7 of ECF.
Mark's Mailbag: Figuring Out the Rotation | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS
Global Games Day 3: Larry Bird Press Conference | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS
NBA: Roy Hibbert, Tim Duncan workout partners - ESPN
Best-case, worst-case scenarios for every Eastern Conference team | The Point Forward - SI.com
2013-14 outlook - Indiana Pacers - ESPN
Reports: Heat’s Michael Beasley requires medical treatment after punching self in head | The Point Forward - SI.com
Magic Johnson is out, and Doris Burke is in as ESPN’s ‘NBA Countdown’ analyst | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo Sports