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Los Angeles Clippers to Showcase a Desi Halftime Show for India’s Republic Day

Indias Republic Day   

India's Republic Day

Here’s a double whammy for me:

1. On January 26th, the Los Angeles Clippers will play the Portland Trail Blazers (at home).  I’ve got to get a hold of tickets so I can watch one team BLAZE another (in case you don’t understand which team I’m rooting for it’s the Blazers).

2. During halftime of that game, the Clippers will be celebrating India’s Republic day (not to be confused with its Independence Day).  If you’ve read any of my previous posts you already know that I’m an Indian American with the possibility of becoming a motel owner, 711 manager or taxi driver.  

No really though – This is great news!  To finally see cultural celebrations being recognized by mainstream Americans shows that our community is pushing in the right direction. What’s even more surprising is that it’s done through sports and not political actions.  Now I know the NBA is looking to spread its brand across South Asia and hopes this can provide publicity – But the fact that they are doing it is good enough for me (and most South Asians aren’t very tall so their publicity will only bring back 5’ 5” scrappy players who would face the Mutombo’s of basketball). 

Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers

As usual a portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit victims of the recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India.  If you’re looking to watch the game live you can buy discounted tickets from the Clippers’ NBA page. 

Skrybe – Keep it Fly

January 19, 2009 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NBA | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Basketball Players in China are Older than they Appear

China - Yao Ming

A professional basketball league in China and thirty-six of its players are under investigation for age fraud. According to China Sports Daily, athletic professionals are commonly accused of altering players’ ages for various tournaments. This became apparent to most Americans (and foreigners) during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, when China “used” underage women on their gymnastics squad. I quoted used because the case was recently under investigation – And gymnastics cases from the 2000 Sydney Olympics still are.

The Chinese hosted the Olympics this year and won second place overall. Much press was gained from the events – So investigating age fraud isn’t all that important to the committee. Not to mention the Chinese already received the severest punishment they possibly could – Losing to the Americans.

The Chinese basketball situation is slightly different though. Players have been listed much younger than their actual age. My thoughts immediately shift to Yao Ming – Could the man possibly be older than stated?

Personally, age fraud isn’t worth it. It’s cool to use a fake I.D. when trying to get into bars, but legally? It only serves as an embarrassment when you can’t perform a few years down the road. The basketball association has “understood” this and promises to be stricter in the future when enlisting athletes.

Skrybe – Keep it Fly

December 9, 2008 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NBA, Olympic Sports | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Knicks Lead the NBA

It’s no surprise that the New York Knickerbockers, also known to the un-savvy as the Knicks, have been crowned the most valuable team in the NBA for the fourth straight year. The Knicks are worth $613 million, close to $35 million above its second place followers, The Los Angeles Lakers. Both teams are a given to me solely because of their history and demographic market size.

However two teams that showed the most value change are the Portland Trail Blazers, worth $307 million and the defending champs, the Boston Celtics, worth $447 million. You would think that with Paul Allen as your owner, you’d have a higher net worth. I guess Oden is making a bigger impact than Allen ever will. And what about the Celtics? With so many rings that you need four hands to put them all on, the Celtics have fallen to the likes of the Cavs, who rank fifth and are worth $477 million.

Any guesses who third and fourth are?

Skrybe – Keep it Fly

New York Knics

New York Knics

December 4, 2008 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NBA | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment