Basketball is truly an international sport, and China catching the basketball bug is no surprise. The Chinese enjoy the discipline of team sports and with Chinese athletes coming onto the international stage, they enjoy it even more. It doesn’t hurt that American teams are more than willing to play exhibition pre-season games to spark the Chinese interest in the international game. It will be interesting to see what happens with the NBA and the Chinese market.
- Not far from the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the futuristic landmark on the banks of Huangpu River, just blocks from the upscale shopping malls
- Barely a half-mile away, through the Tiananmen Gate, is the entrance to the Forbidden City
- All of this is the 10th edition of the China Games, where the Houston Rockets and New Orleans Pelicans sweep into Shanghai
“Hundreds of miles to the north in the capital city of Beijing, on one side of Chang’an Dajie, the majestic, 100-yard wide boulevard that has hosted parades by the Red Army — complete with tanks and missiles warheads providing fearsome images beamed round the world — is Dong Dan Park, now an oasis of happy squeals and the sound leather balls being dribbled on concrete.”