Starting your day right with China’s favorite street breakfast and a bunch of links…
- The most generic, bland article ever written about Yi Jianlian can be seen here.
- Former Team China head coach, Del Harris, is being awarded with the Jerry Colangelo Award, which is given for “men who have exemplified integrity, leadership and character on and off the court while working under the NBA umbrella.” Harris currently works as the GM for the D-League’s Texas Legends.
- Kobe Bryant is going to market smart cars in China.
- Due to David Stern’s success in marketing the NBA in China, the League and the U.S. Department of State are making their first ever trip to another country with a billion people, India.
- How do you celebrate a 67-66 record setting win (for the wrong reasons) over Stephon Marbury and Foshan? If you’re Liaoning’s Guo Ailun, you take your shirt off. Guo tied his career high with 21 points, but Liaoning’s 67 points were the second lowest single game tally in team history, and the 133 combined points last night was the lowest of the season. In 48 minutes, Liaoning shot 28% from the field, which included 40 three-point attempts, a number slightly less than the 42 shots they took from inside the arc. Foshan faired a little better, 38% from the field, but shot nine less free-throws while also giving up 18 offensive rebounds. (H/T hoopCHINA)
- PEAK is the latest Chinese athletic apparel company to announce its intention to enter the U.S. market. The shoe makers held their officical product launch at their U.S. headquarters in Los Angeles during the NBA’s All-Star Weekend on Friday, unveiling a signature shoe for Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star, Kevin Love. It’s been a good weekend so far for PEAK in LA — PEAK endorser Dorell Wright participated in the Three Point Shootout and JaVale McGee and his five different colorways has a great showing at the Slam Dunk Contest. Love will play tonight in the All-Star game.