It's been mentioned for a few months that the NBA intends to send some teams to China for training camp and exhibition games this fall. We all assumed that the Knicks, should they keep Jeremy Lin around, would be included among those teams, but Marc Berman just heard otherwise:
Despite Jeremy Lin’s friendship with Shanghai Sharks owner Yao Ming, the Knicks will not be selected as one of the teams playing in China, The Post has learned.
Indications are the Knicks, if they re-sign Lin as expected, are being saved for a preseason bonanza in 2013, when the NBA could visit Taiwan.
You hear that, guys? A bonanza! We love those! A Taiwananza, even! The explanation, of course, is that even though folks on mainland China adore Lin, his parents technically hail from Taiwan, so that'd be a bit more of a homecoming. And I guess it has to wait until 2013 for some reason. I can't find the original place I read this, but it's been reported that Lin plans to visit Asia this summer anyway.
[Jeremy's agent snatches my laptop.]
HELLO EXCUSE ME I AM JEREMY'S AGENT AND I WOULD LIKE TO REMIND YOU THAT YOU GUYS CANNOT ASSUME THAT MY CLIENT IS GOING TO STAY A KNICK. THERE IS A HUGE MARKET FOR MY CLIENT AND A LOT OF TEAMS HAVE THE MEANS TO THREATEN THE KNICKS' HOPES FOR MY CLIENT'S SERVICES. I AM SO VERY SERIOUS. ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN. SERIOUSLY. GUYS. WHY AREN'T YOU LISTENING TO ME.
[Jeremy's agent drops the laptop, points at everyone menacingly, then waddles into the horizon.]
Sorry about that. Anyway, even though the Knicks probably won't be going on a zany preseason vacation just yet, there is some good news: Berman suggests in his report that the dudes could be headed back to Saratoga Springs, which is...where I live. Again. So, that's cool. The days of the Knicks letting me into camp are probably over, but if they do return to Saratoga, I can always access the gym via underground tunnel or a dole of trained, hyper-intelligent surveillance doves or something.
(Update: I changed the headline of the post because "local" was a bit misleading.)