I was reading up on Jeremy Lin and there was some interesting things like
- a lot of NBA teams City/Stadiums would set up an "Asian Heritage" night around his initial appearances even on road games (like toronto and LA)
-he doesn't really know how to speak chinese (either his native Taiwanese tongue or Mandarin)
it must be weird and a ton of pressure dealing with that... I understand the logic (especially revenue/exposure wise) having an "asian night" when he's visiting but still its kind of patronizing too.
its nice to see ethnic support in large sporting events happening organically.... I remember being to Yankee Stadium when Pedro Martinez was in his prime... I saw two games there when he was in his Prime there and there were whole sections of Dominican Rebublic flags and rabid fans that where cheering his every pitch like a world cup soccer match... normally combative yankee fans were silent and in awe around those pockets of ethnic pride.
I know barely anyone watches the game but why change it?
NBA All-Star 2012 will play host to the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, which will introduce an exciting new format to a game that has historically featured NBA rookies facing off against sophomores. For the first time, rookies and sophomores will be mixed together on teams. ...
TNT Analysts Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal will serve as the general managers of two opposing teams, each with nine man rosters, consisting of NBA rookies and sophomores drafted from a pool that was previously selected by the NBA’s assistant coaches. ...
The pool of players will be announced on Feb. 8, followed by the live BBVA Rising Stars Challenge Draft on Thursday evening, Feb. 16. Fellow TNT Analysts Mike Fratello and Steve Kerr will be part of the coaching staffs for the teams, with Fratello joining TEAM CHUCK and Kerr joining TEAM SHAQ. The Head Coaches for both teams will be the lead assistant coaches from the 2012 NBA All-Star Game coaching staffs.
two of my good friends grew up together with him. one of them went to school with me and we'd go watch the harvard games against us. dude is pretty humble. he can speak mandarin it just has a thick american accent and is a bit awkward. he used to own my high school in basketball. it was kind of shameful.
according to the articles he was born in the states.
exactly... which makes him an American. Not to nit-pick the subject but the Taiwanese news is going apeshit about him recently... and I am pretty well versed in the subject given I lived there (Taiwan) for almost 4 years, my fiancee is Taiwanese and I speak Mandarin better than he does. And please do not associate Taiwan with China... if so then we are all English (British)... catch my drift?
ok... sorry about the soapbox but this shit about Taiwan drives me crazy .... back to the bball... GO CAVS!! (vs. Heat)