Houston Hoping Linsanity Channels Yao

The Wall Street Journal reports that New York Knicks fans aren’t alone in their disappointment over the news that Jeremy Lin will play for the Houston Rockets next year: As unhappy as some U.S. basketball fans may be at...

Yao Who? China’s New NBA Star

The Wall Street Journal calls attention to Jeremy Lin, who has suddenly become China’s newest NBA idol in the absence of the now-retired Yao Ming: Lin, a former Harvard star who went undrafted out of college, gives up 14...

Yao Ming Begins College Life

Global Times reports on the start of basketball icon Yao Ming’s post-NBA academic career at Shanghai Jiao Tong University: According to Yao, who retired on July 20, he has enrolled in the Antai College of Economics &...

China Plays Down Basketball Melee (Updated)

After the bench-clearing brawl at a goodwill basketball game between the Georgetown Hoyas and the Bayi Rockets, team officials and players sought to downplay the incident. From the Wall Street Journal: The Thursday match, which...

As Towering Star Retires, China Is Unprepared to Replace Him

With Yao Ming set to announce his retirement from the NBA tomorrow, China is set to lose its largest (and tallest) international sports star. The New York Times reports: For nearly a decade, China has been enthralled by the cult...

Rockets’ Yao Ming to Quit NBA: Reports

NBA star Yao Ming is planning to retire from professional basketball, Reuters reports: Yao had cast doubt on his return to the NBA last month when he admitted to the possibility he may not play again because of his ongoing...

LeBron James Gets China

Turns out the closely-watched decision by basketball star LeBron James to join the Miami Heat had everything to do with China. The Forbes blog explains: At that moment, though, Stephen Smith interjected and emphatically,...

China Fans Ask, Will Yao Ming’s Baby be American?

From USA Today: Yao’s personal life is closely followed by his many fans at home, from his 2007 Shanghai wedding to fellow basketball player Ye Li to last month’s reports the couple is expecting a baby girl in...

30 Years Later, Visit to China Still Resonates

The Washington Wizards basketball team is visiting China to commemorate a trip to the country thirty years ago by the same team (then called the Washington Bullets), which marked the first visit to China by a professional U.S....

In China, a Rocky Ascent for Basketball

While the NBA enjoys immense popularity in China, the local league isn’t enjoying the same success, according to the New York Times: With 1.3 billion potential fans, China is increasingly seen as a financial promised land...

NBA in Joint Venture to Build Arenas in China

The NBA has launched a plan to help build 12 new arenas throughout China. From AP: NBA commissioner David Stern did not say when the plan would be starting, or where the buildings would be located. “We weren’t going...

Hoops in China

From Hoop City, from Time: Basketball may not yet be China’s most popular sport, but it’s getting there. The public courts in Shanghai and Beijing are more crowded than ever now. Show up at a court on a fine Saturday...



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