China Ball

17 05 2011

Props to Deco Turf – these guys built 40 courts, side-by-side, in Foshan, Guangdong (southern China).

In 2011, the Chinese government estimates that 300 million people play basketball in China.

89% of Chinese people ages 15 to 54 are more aware of the NBA the any other sporting body.

During the 2007 NBA All-Star Game, the player who received the most votes was Yao Ming, the hero of Chinese basketball and the first Chinese-born athlete to play fruitfully in the NBA.

Nike sponsored the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), China’s first professional basketball league, upon its founding in 1995, paying $2.5 million to outfit all eight teams over the first four years of the competition.

Duke Men’s Basketball will travel and play in China in August 2011.


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Where is he now?

11 02 2009

He was drafted by MLB’s San Diego Padres and the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers

Earned a Mathematics and History degree

Has a set shot like he was setting up a spike in beach volleyball

Sasha Pavolvic supposedly stole his girlfriend

Named after a Roman Emperor who is known for, amongst other things like rebuilding the ancient city of Rome, his fondness for booze and boys…<pause>

roman

In case you’re are asking yourself:  Where is Trajan ‘The Alaskan Assassin’ Langdon… Here he is folks:

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He’s balling with the European League’s biggest budget team, CSKA Moscow.

After playing in Italy and Turkey, he’s settled comfortably in the Russian climate.

His team won the Euroleague championship on 07/08 and he was named MVP for the Euroleague Final Four, proving that he is still a standout on a winning team

More, importantly.. here is the big budget cheerleading squad.   I’ll put in my vote for Valeria