By Greg Hugh, Staff Writer
Bloomington Kennedy High School and Concordia College in St. Paul will be the sites for the North American Chinese Basketball Association (NACBA) Invitational Tournament that will feature some of North America’s best high school and college basketball players of Chinese descent (players must be at least 25 percent Chinese). Who knows? You might see the next Jeremy Lin when you attend the 33rd Annual NACBA Invitational Tournament that will be held in the Twin Cities May 24-27, 2013.
NACBA was established in 1981 in Chicago. Its founder, Gene Lee, had an idea that setting up a basketball tournament highlighting some of the best Chinese basketball talent throughout the country would be a great avenue for embracing fellowship and camaraderie among the young Chinese athletic community. This concept has escalated into a major event featuring as many as 85 teams and more than 1,000 participants in any tourney.
The tournament is traditionally held over the Memorial Day weekend and has been hosted by many cities throughout the United States and Canada, most recently in Vancouver. Although there was some reluctance by NACBA officials to make the Twin Cities the site for this year’s tournament, according to Mike Mons, tournament director, “The Twin Cities has been selected because of Mall of America and many other easily accessible, wholesome family-oriented attractions that visiting players and families can enjoy.”
The North American Chinese Basketball Association invites you to SCORE SOME POINTS, HAVE SOME FUN; MOST OF ALL……MAKE SOME NEW FRIENDS!
Editor’s Note. See accompanying announcement for additional details.
Just as this issue of China Insight isgoing to press, Jeremy Lin and the Houston Rockets were competing in a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center. Regardless of the outcome of that game, members of the Asian community will have another chance to see them play again on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, when the Timberwolves will host an Asian Heritage Night that was organized by China Insight with support from the University of Minnesota China Center.
For those of you who don’t know, Jeremy Shu-How Lin (born Aug. 23, 1988, in Palo Alto, Calif.) is an American professional basketball player who plays point guard in the National Basketball Association for the Houston Rockets. After receiving no athletic scholarship offers out of high school and being undrafted out of college, the 2010 Harvard University graduate reached a partially guaranteed contract deal later that year with his hometown Golden State Warriors.
On March 20, the University of Minnesota celebrated the grand opening of a unique center that will share U.S. culture with the Chinese people through the medium of sport. The American Cultural Center for Sport is funded by a US$100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State and will be a partnership between the University’s China Center and School of Kinesiology, and the Tianjin University of Sport in Tianjin, China.
By Anthony James, Staff Writer
You probably didn’t notice the ripple effect which Chinese athletes were experiencing in the last decade. The initial drop occurred in the mid-90’s: China’s strict regulations towards competitive ownership by the government were becoming more relaxed. Athlete’s who initially had little say on their training were allowed more freedom to choose their coaches and teammates. One might suggest these rules were in response to the economic and social climate, China was no longer a society that was behind the times, the booming exposure to information and sustainable income arose a new generation of smarter, opportunistic athletes. While there were plenty of Chinese athletes that succeeded before, the past ten years marked some great stories of competitive success in China for both the country and the individual.
By Charles Yunong Wang and Demi Hongrong Zhang
We took the light rail from MOA to Target Center, it was actually pretty cold outside, and we were not dressed right, but there were still people walking on the street, not one person, not ten, it’s hundreds of people; it’s all because of the basketball game, it’s the Lakers at the Wolves. Although, we are in Minnesota, more than a quarter of the fans came to support Kobe. We just learned that Lakers were in Minnesota originally, and they move to LA because of a huge plane accident. It’s so sad.