I was surfing around the Net tonight and found some interesting content coming out of the Yao-Nash charity game in China. Here’s a video of Jackie Chan coming on to the court for the ceremonial opening tip:
Game highlights from NBA.com can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4sjX5U-nbk
I also found an interesting article on a site called SportsBusinessRadio.com written by Brian Berger who was able to get behind-the-scenes access to the locker rooms, as well as watch the game. Here’s some of what he wrote:
Yao Ming came in the locker room after tonight’s charity game and thanked the NBA players who played in tonight’s game. He spoke of how much the effort means to him and to the Chinese people and how impressed he was that these players flew halfway around the world just a few weeks prior to the start of training camp. He told the players in the locker room that if he could ever assist them with their charitable efforts, he’d be happy to do so. It was a really nice moment for these players who play in the most exclusive basketball fraternity on the planet - the NBA. Once Yao finished his speech, the Team Nash players sang a song that the game operations people played whenever Yao scored in tonight’s game. Its a cheesy but catchy song that chants, “Yao Ming, Yao Ming, Yao Ming, Yao Ming……..Yao Ming, Yao Ming”. The Chinese fans love it though.
Click here for Berger’s entire blog post, as well as another YouTube video of the pre-game introductions at the bottom of his post.