The homecoming of former Beijing Ducks Stephon Marbury and Sun Yue was not the only reason the "Battle of Beijing" between the Ducks and the Royal Fighters was anticipated. The Ducks' current star, Jeremy Lin, came into the game with his new signature shoes.

Formerly an endorser for two of the largest apparel brands in the world, Nike and Adidas, Lin recently became the brand ambassador for Hong Kong-based shoe company Xtep.

According to Wear Testers, Xtep is the third-largest homegrown sports apparel in China. Xtep is more known for its running gears, so it is a perfect fit that Lin, who transferred to the Ducks after winning the National Basketball Association championship with the Toronto Raptors, will be the main representative of its basketball line.

In line with the new shoe sponsorship came the arrival of Lin's first signature shoes under Xtep, the Linsanity 1.

"They’re actually icey," Slam Magazine commented on Lin's new signature shoes on its Twitter account.

 

The translucent and bluish design of the Linsanity 1 made Slam tweeted the said words.

In his first game with his new sneakers, Jeremy Lin did just fine, making 16 points on 5-of-8 field goals, five rebounds, three assists, and three steals. However, he was error-prone, committing six turnovers, and in foul trouble.

Good thing for him, Justin Hamilton and Zhai Xiaochuan stepped up and the Ducks prevailed over the Royal Fighters at home, 87-79. The victory forced a three-way tie between the Ducks, the Guangdong Southern Tigers and the Xinjiang Flying Tigers at the top of the Chinese Basketball Association standings at 6-1.

After the game, Lin still took the time to give thanks to the fans. In fact, he was seen giving away his game-worn shoes to one of them.

 

Expect more of Lin in action with Linsanity 1—and even giving them to the fans after the game—as the Chinese Basketball Association season continues.

The Ducks will play on Friday night back at the Cadillac Center against the Liaoning Flying Leopards. A win by the Ducks will keep them at least in a share of first place.

Jeremy Lin Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin received harsh criticism over his dreadlock hairstyle from former Nets player Kenyon Martin. He is pictured on Oct. 28, 2016 in New York City. Photo: Getty Images