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#12 Basketball

Posted February 23rd, 2008 by Peter · 28 Comments

The recent influx of Chinese talent in the NBA (National Basketball Association) has caused quite a change in sports preference among asian people. Yao Ming and Yi Jianlian, no matter how awkward or big they are, have made names for themselves with the Houston Rockets and Milwaukee Bucks. Let’s not forget their long lost brother Wang Zhihi, who first played for an NBA franchise.

Due to these players, Asians everywhere have newfound hope in being able to succeed in things other than Pharmacy or Programming.

Try walking down to Mile Square Park one day, and it will be evident that the number of Asians has equaled or even outnumbered the amount of Hispanics or African Americans. Basketball, contrasting Manga, Anime, or Purikura, has made its way across the Atlantic and into the hearts of asian people everywhere. Nowhere is this more apparent than in China, where there are more people playing basketball (300,000,000) than the total United States population. If one takes a closer look at the “new breed” of asian, they are much taller than their predecessors. This is due partially to better nutrition and eating habits in the United States. Now try watching a lakers broadcast without seeing an Asian celebrity in the stands. Be it Bobby Lee, or Michelle Kwan, these stars have also spurred the Asian love of basketball.

Asians can not walk past a basketball hoop without trying to make a shot. The majority of Asians have horrible shots which result in horrible rebounds (or none at all). Some asians should never even step on a basketball court unless they have tripped on a ball and by chance fell onto the court. This does not stop asians from embracing the game that is now theirs. When a country has more people playing a sport the original inventor does, you know there has been a power shift. As the years go on, more and more asians will wind up on sports teams. They will outnumber the usual jocks in sports that require endurance and quickness. It is just the truth that is happening in schools nationwide. Tennis, basketball, track, wrestling… “Asians were built for quickness because they have had to run away from communism for so long.” -Some Asian Guy

However, there will always be the sedentary and more classical breed of asian. This is not a problem. Basketball is the wave of the future, however, and as more NBA talent comes from overseas, the number of asian kids wearing Kobe Bryant and T-Mac Jerseys trash-talking and throwing balls “off the heezy” will likewise rise. These Asians will grow up and teach their children the love of basketball, and they in turn will teach theirs. It’s the circle of life.

Check out Yao Ming and Yi Jianlan’s player profiles. They are shining beacons for Asians, causing this writer to believe that: ASIANS LOVE BASKETBALL.

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28 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Peter // Feb 23, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    Go Lakers!!!!

  • 2 Chinkygirl // Feb 26, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    hmm….i haven’t heard of the other chinese guy…is he the big thing now?

  • 3 travis // Mar 4, 2008 at 5:23 am

    “…has made its way across the Atlantic…” I do believe you mean the Pacific, Columbus.

  • 4 tony van // Mar 4, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    these Asian teens get cocky ’cause a ‘weaker species” of asians

    after shots that they rarely make they get excited”¦.. and BOOOM !!!!

    you get cocky

    that’s why if they get cocky, they end up losing.

    over confidence doesn’t help”¦”¦

    INTEGRITY does.

    all you need is enough strength and endurance to do all the things you want.

  • 5 tony van // Mar 9, 2008 at 11:06 am

    another thing about “cockiness” lol…

    some teens just shoot out side well but when it comes to lay-ups and all…..
    they can’t do them for BEANS lol….
    and once they do make it…..BOOOM!!!!
    they get cocky once more
    man i just love talkin about these things
    hope u guys like readin my comments about basketball…. there will be more to come soon…..
    very soon…………………………..

  • 6 tony van // Mar 9, 2008 at 11:09 am


    or comment me on my myspace at……

    thank you strangers

  • 7 damary // Mar 10, 2008 at 9:21 am

    stop talkin bout being cocky

  • 8 tony van // Mar 10, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    and jk ’bout the ” go celtics and screw lakers” thing on my recent comment

  • 9 tony van // Mar 10, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    i will and I WILL write more comments ’bout bein cocky

  • 10 d // Mar 19, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    This is true to my youth but I would also add volleyball. The boys volleyball team in my high school was ALL Chinese-Americans except for a lanky Irish guy. And we were damn good, too.

  • 11 YASPY Chick // Mar 20, 2008 at 6:01 am

    Badminton is really Asian too. All the badminton teams at my high school were like 90+% Asian…and the Asian population was probably around 30something %

  • 12 Anonymous // Mar 21, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    howabout golf??? Any course in socal has at least 50% of the tee times going to Asian surnames…

  • 13 William // Mar 28, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    The reason why Yao Ming and Yi Jianlian are tall because most likely their ancestors came from Northern China. Being short has nothing to do with race, ie Mongoloid. European or African. It has to do with diet, climate and geography. The reason why people say Italian/Chinese were short is because most of the immigration overseas was from southern areas of their respective countries. For example, a Sicilian is the same height as someone from Hong Kong. While a Beijinger is tale as an average Frenchmen or British male.

  • 14 Linballa // May 25, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    Go asians! I live in a small white town and there are like 5 other asian kids in a 3000 kid school, so it’s good to have websites like these. I would also add swimming, some of the fastest people I’ve raced against have been asian kids.

  • 15 tony van // May 26, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    oh yes/!!!!
    my 20 laps stayed on
    i thought the staff would take it out..

  • 16 Anonymous // Jun 16, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    you may want to know the frist asian person in the nba was not wang zhihi but Wataru Misaka of then ew york knicks he was also the first minority to play in the nba

  • 17 Mike // Aug 20, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    It’s not basketball that asians like. It’s the Lakers that asians like. Talk to any asian about a basketball team that doesn’t have a chinese player or a baller without a shoe contract and they will look at you confusingly. Talk to them about the Lakers and they will know everything.

    Just look at Kobe at the Olympics. He gets more love than anybody including Yi and Yao just because he’s a Laker. Even asians outside of Socal love the Lakers.

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  • 19 PearlynRae // Mar 23, 2009 at 5:56 am

    complete agreement with the basketball craze… it’s crazy in the philippines.

  • 20 aznbasketballlover // Apr 29, 2009 at 1:39 am


    after many years of shooting around i have finally fully developed my shot. BE AFRAID.

  • 21 Patch panel // Nov 16, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    love the basketball

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  • 24 Sophie // Oct 20, 2010 at 2:56 am

    So true!

    I’m from Singapore and
    Singaporean asian blokes LOVE Basketball more than (English) football!

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  • 26 Badminton Training // Mar 2, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Been playing basketball forever!

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