Yi Jianlian Becomes A Dad Today

Yi Jianlian Becomes A Dad Today

Former NBA player Yi Jianlian has posted two pictures on his Weibo showing that he has become a dad.His wife gave birth to a baby boy on September 29, 2014.The 30-year-old once played in NBA for the Milwaukee Bucks, New Jersey Nets, Washington Wizards, and Dallas Mavericks.He now plays for the Guangdong Southern Tigers in CBA.

via Yi Jianlian Becomes A Dad Today.

Jeremy Lin attempts to land some ‘Lindorsements’ in new video

He’s had some success with a couple of random Instagram videos that got a lot of attention in the sports blogosphere, but his last offering is a scripted piece called “Lindorsements.”

In the video, Lin tries his hand at becoming “The Most Linteresting Man in the World,” giving away “Linsane” prices at a dollar store, selling puppies and more.

There is also a cameo by Steve Nash at the end.

Jeremy Lin attempts to land some ‘Lindorsements’ in new video | FOX Sports.

YutaWatanabe standing out in summer league

Yuta Watanabe, George Washington – Getting a first glimpse of incoming freshmen is a true highlight and benefit of Kenner League action, at least for those tasked with covering  college basketball. This past Saturday was my first chance to watch the Japanese native in person. The 6-foot-8 forward made quite an impression. What’s quite apparent is that Watanabe has a tremendous feel for the game, both as a scorer and passer. The lefty-shooter showed decent range with a step-back corner jumper. He even stood out on a miss. Watanabe missed a layup in traffic, but was the quickest off the bounce and jammed in the putback. We’re not talking about a power player at this point – yes, rather thin – but we are looking at someone who should be able to contribute immediately in GW’s rotation this season. On the same Kenner League team A. Wash Associates with fellow incoming freshman Anthony Swan and the Georgetown duo of D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and Trey Mourning, Watanabe is scheduled to play Saturday at 4:45 p.m. and Sunday at 8 p.m.

via Kenner League preview: Copeland, Watanabe standing out | Comcast SportsNet Washington.

Chris Tang is now at UC Riverside

 

 UCR basketball coach Dennis Cutts, center, stands with his four international recruits, from left, Cheick Thiero, Mali, Chris Tang, China, Robert Boezeman, Netherlands, and Alexander Larsson, Sweden, on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014.
DAVID BAUMAN, DAVID BAUMAN, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Chris Tang is one of China’s brightest young players and potentially an Olympian. Some Internet pundits have already compared him to Jeremy Lin.

Robert Boezeman’s family in the Netherlands is heavily involved in the sport of basketball, but after watching NBA and college games on television, he knew he wanted to play in the U.S.

It’s an interesting mix of story lines and backgrounds, but it’s not a coincidence that this collection of players found its way to UC Riverside.

The group is the first of what Highlanders coach Dennis Cutts hopes is the program’s new globetrotting approach to successful recruiting.

After floundering for more than a decade in the Big West and typically failing to woo top local players, UCR is now focused on recruiting internationally. It’s not a new strategy – several programs scan teams in Europe or club teams with international ties for potential players – but it is new philosophy for UCR.

“We felt we had to find a unique way to attract talent,” Cutts said. “One of the things when I got (the job) was that we were going to explore that.”

Assistant coach Stephen Sauers has spearheaded the international search. His coaching connections have proven invaluable, Cutts said, including what has become a pipeline of sorts with the Canarias Basketball Academy in the Canary Islands off Spain.

The academy, according to its Web site, strives to develop the best basketball players in the world, at all levels.

Both Boezeman and Tang played at the CBA.

“My dream since I was 12 years old was to play college Division I,” said Boezeman, who played in the European championships with the Netherlands Under-16 and Under-18 national teams before going to the CBA. The 6-foot-7 forward signed last fall to come to UCR after being heavily recruited by Sauers.

Tang signed in the spring. The 6-4 combo guard from Jiangsu, China, had already made a name for himself in the U.S. after earning all-state honors as a freshman and sophomore at Hampton Roads Academy in Virginia and then playing at the prestigious Oak Hill Academy.

He averaged nearly 16 points per game for the CBA U-18 team, which reached Spain’s 2014 National Youth Championships, and proved a top 3-point threat, hitting 44 percent of his shots. Cutts said ACC and Big East schools had shown an interest in Tang.

The pressure to perform is nothing new for Tang, who has developed a following in China, but wasn’t sure what to make of the Lin comparisons. “I wish they would call me Dwyane Wade,” Tang told Grantland in a 2012 story. “I want to play like Wade. An athletic guard who gets to the rim.”

On a UC Riverside campus that is 35 percent Asian or Asian-American, Tang said he’s hoping to draw some attention for the team and students.

“It will be exciting to play in front of the Asian community,” he said. “They will be supporting me.”

via BASKETBALL: UCR going Globetrotting – Press Enterprise.

Yuki Togashi, Takeuchi twins named to Japan’s 12-man squad for Asian Games

Quick-footed guard Yuki Togashi and the Takeuchi twins headline Japan’s 12-man basketball squad for the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, the Japan Basketball Association announced on Tuesday.

While the team, dubbed the Hayabusa Japan, has some veterans like the Takeuchi brothers and guard Takumi Ishizaki, it also selected some young future stars like Naoto Tsuji (Toshiba Brave Thunders), Makoto Hiejima (Aisin SeaHorses), Daiki Tanaka (Toyota Alvark) and Tenketsu Harimoto (Toyota) with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in sight.

Coach Kenji Hasegawa’s team also picked up some top shooters in Japan to boost its scoring options. Kosuke Kanamaru (Aisin), Tsuji, Takatoshi Furukawa (Link Tochigi Brex) and Ryumo Ono (Chiba Jets) ranked in the top 15 in the 3-point percentage in the 2013-14 NBL campaign. Kanamaru and Tsuji were Nos. 1 and 2 in that department.

Inside will be taken care of by Kosuke Takeuchi (Hiroshima Dragonflies) and Joji Takeuchi (Hitachi Sunrockers) and Atsuya Ota, a Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix center. These three are the only men that stand above 2 meters. The team’s average height is 193.6 cm.

Yet it is Togashi, 21, who will probably receive the brightest spotlight on the squad in South Korea. The 167-cm, who played his high school ball at Montrose Christian in Maryland, participated in the NBA’s Las Vegas Summer League last month and drew some attention with his nimble moves.

Togashi, who helped lead the Akita Northern Happinets to the bj-league championship game in May, represented Team Japan in the William Jones Cup in Taiwan earlier this month as well. Japan went 1-8 in that tournament, with a squad that included six players from the current national team lineup (Togashi, Furukawa, Tanaka, Hiejima, Harimoto and Ono) and other young players.

Ota, Ishizaki and Togashi have played in the bj-league, yet the latter two, who had previously been with the Shimane Susanoo Magic and Akita, respectively, are free agents as of this announcement.

The 17th edition of the Asiad will be held between Sept. 19 and Oct. 4. Japan, which finished fourth four years ago in Guangzhou, China, is seeded and its first game will be against Qatar in the second round of the 16-team event.

The last time Japan’s men earned an Asian Games medal was back in 1994 in Hiroshima, when it received the bronze medal.

via Togashi, Takeuchi twins named to Japan’s 12-man squad for Asian Games | The Japan Times.

Jeremy Lin Latest: Blogs Say New LA Lakers Player Could be All-Star, Most Improved Player in 2014-15

Several blogs are saying that Jeremy Lin, fresh off a trade to the Los Angeles Lakers from the Houston Rockets, could make some big steps this year and even become an All-Star or the Most Improved Player this upcoming season.

Lin, who often plays point guard, will likely be starting in L.A., mentored by the veteran Steve Nash.

Though Lin showed some serious promise in New York, he never lived up to expectations in Houston, prompting the team to jettison him and his large contract to the Lakers and getting nothing in return.

Now Lin has a shot to become even more popular, reported Lakes How Life.

 

The blog quoted Judy Seto, the Lakers physical therapist, talking about how popular basketball is in China: “Basketball has a strong heritage in China. In some of the places in China people say ‘we have waited a lifetime for them (Lakers) to come. To have the Lakers in my country in my city is a dream come true.’ Basketball has been popular in China for a long time.”

“It is that immense popularity that may translate itself into All-Star votes for Jeremy Lin.  China has a huge voice in the makeup of the NBA All-Star team just by virtue of its residents: a billion strong. In 2011, an injured Yao Ming was voted in as a starter in the All-Star game even though his season was over. Thank you China. Kobe Bryant was voted in as an All-Star in 2014 even though he played six games. Credit China for their blind allegiance,” the blog said.

“Skating the narrow line of being an All-Star and causing chaos has always been Jeremy Lin’s burden. In 2013 he received 839,000 votes. It was 45,000 votes less than Chris Paul. Lin was relieved not to make a team he did not belong on.

“In 2014 Lin received 628,000 votes, fourth among Western Conference guards. But he had 150,000 more votes than James Harden, his own teammate who averaged 25 points a game. Lin had 311,000 more votes than Russell Westbrook. He had 370,000 more votes than Tony Parker.

“Wearing a Lakers uniform, Lin’s Chinese popularity has already skyrocketed. Asian-Americans who look at Jeremy Lin as a heroic ceiling breaker have been reenergized. For the first time in his career Jeremy Lin will play a Christmas Day game, will be seen by millions.  The access TimeWarner Cable has with the Lakers will open up opportunities for a new breed of Lin followers who don’t judge his value on stats but on what he has done to elevate Asian people in a sport where no Asian guard has ever excelled.”

Another Lakers blog, Hoops Habit, says that Lin may very well win the Most Improved Player in the 2014-15 season.

The blog says that Lin is indeed an All-Star caliber player but that the Rockets didn’t use him right–and the Lakers will.

“One of the reasons Lin was able to succeed during his time with the Knicks was that he was allowed to be himself–a playmaker who wasn’t restricted by the offense. I hear you, Laker haters–I disagree with the notion that Kobe Bryant is going to play ball stopper. Bryant isn’t the point guard and while he will certainly take the lion’s share of the shows in the halfcourt offense, he’ll also draw the lion’s share of defensive attention,” the blog said.

“The ideal situation is to let Lin do his thing while Kobe gets rest, with Jeremy going back into more of a facilitator role when Bryant comes back onto the court. The truth of the matter is, we don’t exactly know how Bryant is going to respond to his injuries. If he has to adjust his game because his explosion and lift is gone, he’ll defer more often than he has in the past.

“That’s a major win for Lin, who plays best with the ball in his hands, making plays for hsi team. As long as new head coach Byron Scott puts his faith into Lin, he’ll give the team the kind of production we all know he can. It would be a major boon for Lin if Julius Randle turns out to be a quality pick-and-pop big or at the very least, if Carlos Boozer can find the fountain of youth and start making jumpers.”

via Jeremy Lin Latest: Blogs Say New LA Lakers Player Could be All-Star, Most Improved Player in 2014-15.