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China Sports: NBA Slam Dunks, MLB Can’t Get To First Base

November 13th, 2007

Sports has been making a big push in China these weeks, with Major League Baseball (MLB) sending over Cal Ripken, Jr. to pitch to the kids. Recent weeks have also seen the “NBA China Games”, which was an exhibition match between two major teams broadcast to over 200 countries.

The Chinese are fantastic lovers of sports, and I find it curious the way China has embraced basketball while turning up its nose at baseball. You can’t suggest that it’s a Chinese thing since baseball is actually quite popular in Taiwan.

To give an indication just how much China has taken to basketball, look at all the nicknames they give to top American players: You have “Little Flying Mouse”, “Old Cat”, “Man in the Mask”, “Sweet Melon”, “Germany Race Car” and “Stone Buddha”. The list is worth a look - here.

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