Whoa. He’s one of the messier 1/4 Asian Americans, but read on, he’s a 7 foot basketball player. A quote from the Rafu Shimpo from ’09: “Robert Swift, whose father is half Japanese (Okinawan), was the first Asian as well as first Caucasian player to be drafted straight out of high school and was taken with the twelfth overall pick in the 2004 NBA draft by the Seattle Sonics.” Now, he’s left his foreclosed home a super mess. Food, feces, and guns. A great combo.
The most watched player by Asian Americans is still Jeremy Lin. The season is long and sometimes we forget about the guy, yet he’s trucking along and played well against his old team. He was a hero last year, this year, he’s quickly becoming status quo which is a great. Why not an Asian American playing well in the NBA? 22pts 8 assists. [youtube]fP387y4P1MY[/youtube] Youtubelink
Linsanity may have died down, but one fan still remembers. Earlier this year we wrote about the song writer for K-Pop groups Girl’s Generation and Chocolat, Jenny Hyun. To bring you back up to speed, boxer Floyd Mayweather dismissed Lin’s achievements with what some perceived as racist. Ms. Hyun decided to up the ante with a racist diatribe against Mayweather of her own. Eventually, she dropped off the online stratosphere, claimingthat she was being admitted to a hospital for schizophrenia when the backlash proved too much. Regardless of what happened, it looks like she’s back on the map. Her website, blog, twitter, and other social networking accounts are online. And from the looks of things, she hasn’t quite learned her lesson either....
Goodbye NBA, hello Qingdao Eagles in China. Tracy McGrady was an all star level player who teamed up with Yao Ming on the Houston Rockets. Next year, he won’t be in the NBA. He’ll be in China. Largely a non factor these days in the NBA, this transition is both a chance to be a huge star and still play basketball in the world’s largest market. (TMac)