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Yao interview after victory over Germany

Sunday, August 17th, 2008
by John

Raymond has translated an interview done with Yao after their great win over Germany yesterday. Here it is. Thanks, Raymond!

China wins their biggest basketball game ever

Saturday, August 16th, 2008
by John

The Chinese won their biggest game in basketball history Saturday, beating Germany 59-55 to advance to the semifinal round of the Olympics. As the host country, that was their goal heading into the Games, and they accomplished it despite doubts they could get out of the “Group of Death” that includes the USA, Spain, Greece and Germany.

(Click here for more photos from the game)

The pressure was immense leading up to the game because if China had lost, they most likely wouldn’t have advanced, and the Olympics for them would have been considered a failure.

“It was difficult psychologically for us,” said China coach Jonas Kazlauskas. “We were playing at home and we just cannot lose this game.”

The Beijing crowd did a fantastic job yelling and screaming for its team on every rebound, free throw, and anything positive its team did.

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Watching the Olympics LIVE On The Web — Even if NBC Doesn’t Want You To

Thursday, August 14th, 2008
by John

I know some of you have been asking, so here it is:

If you aren’t in the U.S. and want to see the Olympics live on the Web, check out this article here.

Yao Ming dominant in victory over Angola

Thursday, August 14th, 2008
by John

Yao Ming had his best game since coming back from his injury, scoring 30 points on 10-of-11 shooting — both from the field and the free throw line — in an 85-68 victory over Angola.

Yao also was a force on the defensive end with 4 blocks, took care of the ball (only 1 turnover), dished 3 assists and had 7 rebounds.

(Click here for more photos from the game)

After the game, Donnie Nelson, an advisor for the Chinese team, said that Yao’s performance was due in part because Yao is finally rounding into shape.

He’s baaaaack!

China built an early 14-point lead in the second quarter, but then Angola made the adjustment to pressure the Chinese guards and play a zone defense. It worked as Angola cut the deficit to 2 points by halftime.

But China turned it back on in the second half and cruised to the victory. China’s 3-point shooting continues to work well for them, having hit 7-of-22 from behind the 3-point line.

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Controversy with the Spaniards

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008
by John

If you hadn’t heard, there is a big controversy going on about a photograph of each member of the Spanish basketball team pulling their eyes back to make them “slanted.” When I first heard about it, I didn’t want to add fuel to the fire and really wanted to think about if I should post it on this site.

But this morning when it became the top story presented on Yahoo’s home page, I felt I had to bring it up.

I won’t post the photo here, but you can check it out here along with an article.

Another article about it is here.

So what do you think?

Should Yao be excused from Chinese int’l play after Beijing?

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008
by John

Although it’s a couple of days old, what do you guys think about this article? Adam Wajnarowski of Yahoo! Sports says after these Olympics are over, Yao should be allowed to NOT have to play for China until the 2012 Olympics to avoid wear-and-tear on his body, and to help him reach his full potential.

No matter which side you’re on, you have to admit it’s a pretty good article.

Video highlights from China-Spain game

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008
by John

In case you missed it, here’s a 5-minute video of some of the big plays from today’s game. Requires the installation of a Microsoft Silverlight plugin. If you don’t have it, you’ll be prompted to install it, close down your browser, and restart your browser.

China loses big 4th quarter lead to Spain, then loses in OT

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008
by John

It was a heartbreaker for China on Tuesday, giving up a 14-point lead to Spain in the fourth quarter and losing in overtime 85-75.

Yao Ming picked up 2 fouls in the fourth quarter, played 30 minutes, and scored 11 points, grabbed 9 boards, dished 3 assists, and had 3 steals.

However, because Yao was double-teamed so much, he had to pass the ball from inside the paint, leading to most of his 4 turnovers. But that inside-out game helped the Chinese build their lead, as China hit 10-of-28 three-pointers for the game.

After Spain made their furious comeback to put the game into overtime, China’s chances of winning took a big blow when Yao fouled out after fouling Pau Gasol on a 3-point play.

Click here for Raymond’s photos from the game in the YaoMania! forum.

To read more about the game, click here. To see the boxscore, click here.

Good recap of the fervor around the USA-China game

Monday, August 11th, 2008
by John

I found this nice video about all the excitement for Sunday’s game OUTSIDE the arena, and the impact of basketball on Chinese society:

I like the guy who said his favorite team is the Rockets.

China & Team USA’s hoops schedule

Monday, August 11th, 2008
by John

Just in case you’ve been looking for it, here’s the men’s Chinese team’s schedule (as AirChina23 posted in the comments yesterday) for the next few days:

8/12 4:45A EST China vs Spain
8/14 2:30A EST China vs Angola
8/16 8:00A EST China vs Germany
8/18 2:30A EST China vs Greece

And here’s the USA’s men’s schedule:

8/12 8:00A EST USA vs Angola
8/14 8:00A EST USA vs Greece
8/16 10:15A EST USA vs Spain
8/18 8:00A EST USA vs Germany

You can watch these games live in the U.S. on this page on NBCOlympics.com. It requires the installation of a Microsoft Silverlight plugin to watch the games. Silverlight is Microsoft’s version of an Adobe Flash player.

What’s cool is that you can also watch a replay of the games online by clicking on the “Rewind” option.