Rockets celebrating Lunar New Year against Bobcats

Rockets celebrating Lunar New Year against Bobcats
February 1, 2013, 7:45 pm
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Lin's favorite Lunar New Year memories

Lunar New Year isn't until next week, but the Rockets will be celebrating this Saturday night against the Bobcats.

Fans have the chance to purchase ticket deals starting at $42.25 for the lower bowl that include a game ticket, a hot dog, soda, and admission to a postgame meet-and-greet with Jeremy Lin.

There will also be a dragon performance on the concourse level before the game.

Rockets officials expect about 400-500 people to show up at the meet-and-greet, which will be run similar to what fellow Rocket Chandler Parsons did after Ladies Night against the Nuggets earlier this season.

Lin was asked Friday about his favorite Lunar New Year memories.

"Just spending time with family, the pot lucks," he said. "It's pretty much always the same every year. Just get a group of my parents' closest friends, family friends, a lot of the aunties and uncles that I grew up with."

But as a kid, how about those red envelopes full of money, better known as hong bao's in Mandarin?

"Definitely!" Lin responded excitedly as he reminisced. "Every kid looks forward to the hong bao's. You're always wondering how much is in each hong bao. You hope a lot of the aunties give them to you, but we're a little older now, so we're not expecting any of that. I probably have to start giving them out soon to my little cousins and stuff."

Lunar New Year for 2013 falls on Feb. 10. However, the Rockets will be traveling on Feb. 9 to play at Sacramento the next day. That Kings game, along with the Rockets' road games against the Warriors (Feb. 12) and the Clippers (Feb. 13), are part of the NBA's 23-game initiative to be televised live internationally and be live-streamed to go along with in-arena Lunar New Year celebrations.