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<  Yao off the court; Yao's personality  ~  2014 Yao Foundation Charity Game (August 31, Dongguan)

PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 11:34 pm
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So after the 2007, 2010, 2013 Yao Foundation Charity Game, the 4th Yao Foundation Charity Game is now scheduled to be played August 31 (Sunday) in Dongguan Basketball Centre, a newly built stadium in Dongguan.

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Under personal invitation of Yao Ming, and sponsorship of China Peak, this year's Yao Foundation Team will be comprised of the following NBA stars, most of them under China Peak endorsement:
  • Tony Parker of San Antonio Spurs
  • Shane Battier
  • Carl Landry of Sacramento Kings
  • CJ Watson of Indiana Pacers
  • Eric Griffin of Dallas Mavericks
  • Beno Udrih of Memphis Grizzlies
  • Anthony Morrow of Oklahoma City Thunders
  • Troy Daniels of Houston Rockets
  • Chris Smith, younger brother of JR Smith, former New york Knicks
The Yao Foundation team will play against the China National Team to serve as one of the warm-up exhibition games for the national team in their preparation for the 2014 Incheon Asian Games to be held in Incheon, South Korea in September.


Like last year, the theme of this year's Yao Foundation Charity Game is also 一切为了童年, i.e. Everything for Childhood.

As Yao Ming's buddy Shane Battier had announced that he is retiring from professional basketball, in order to send him off, there will be a special retirement ceremony held in the intermission of the charity game in honor of Shane Battier, one of most beloved NBA and Houston Rockets players amongst the Chinese basketball fans.

The proceeds of this charity game will go to Yao Foundation to fund this year's "Yao Foundation Hope Primary School Basketball Season" project, as well as funding the travel and accommodation expenses of school children of Hope Primary Schools in poverty-stricken areas to participate in the Yao Foundation Hope Primary School Basketball Season.


So we have a chance to see how Guo Ailun will fare playing against his idol, Tony Parker !!!




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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 2:54 am
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Every of China Peak endorsed players (Tony Parker, Shane Battier, Carl Landry and Beno Udrih) had arrived China and started their annual promotional tour in various Chinese cities.

Tony Parker was the first to arrive; he arrived Beijing at late night on August 24, but awed to find quite alot of his fans waiting patiently for him at the airport.


Photos of his arrival into Beijing.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 3:08 am
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Shane Battier was the second one to arrive China. He arrived Shanghai afternoon of August 25.

This is his 9th visit to China since endorsed by China Peak and most probably his last one as he had announced his retirement from professional basketball.

After his arrival, he took a sea cruise on the Huangpu River organized by China Peak that evening. He originally wanted to invite Yao Ming to join him, but found Yao Ming out of town when he phoned him.


Photos of Shane Battier's on arrival at the airport, and on his sea cruise.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 3:26 am
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Shane Battier spent most of August 26 touring tourist spots in Shanghai.

He first visited Madame Tussauds to take photos with waxworks of celebrities there; he even stood still to pretend he is himself a waxwork to surprise some of the visitors. He also blocked shot from the waxwork of Yao Ming, something he probably never managed to do so in real life.

He later went to visit the famous Yuyuan Garden and the neighboring Yuyuan Tourist Mart.


Photos of Shane Battier at Madame Tussauds and Yuyuan Garden.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 4:58 am
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Tony Parker seemed to have a more relaxed schedule this time on his visit.

He had a full day of rest on August 25, and China Peak organized a fans' gathering called Champion's Night for him on the night of August 26.

At the fans' gathering, China Peak presented Tony Parker with his 2nd generation edition of his signature shoes.

Tony Parker was then asked to compete with TV actor Jean Li Jiahang (who happened to be a diehard fan for San Antonio Spurs) on 3-pointer shooting. Probably it was due to it was on a lower and modified basketball rim, both bricked all their 5 attempts, and were asked to continue for another 5 attempts. Tony Parker eventually made 2 3-pointers (i.e. 2 out of 10), while Jean Li Jiahang failed to make one. As a result, Li Jiahang was asked to do 5 push-ups as penalty. Li said it would be disrespect to Tony Parker if he only did 5; he eventually did 30 push-ups.


Photos of Tony Parker at the fans' gathering.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 5:14 am
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The schedule for Shane Battier was pretty tight on August 27.

He had to do some commercial and still photos shooting for China Peak in the morning, before leaving Shanghai for Xiamen of Fujian in the afternoon to visit China Peak's headquarter in Quanzhou.

To his surprise, Yao Ming had come back to Shanghai and came to pick him up for lunch after his commercial/still photos shooting.


Photos of Shane Battier at the China Peak's commercial/still photos shooting.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 5:27 am
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As for Tony Parker, he left Beijing to fly to the city of Maodanjiang 牡丹江 of Heilongjiang province in the morning of August 27.

Upon arrival with little rest, he attended a fans' gathering organized by China Peak for him in the evening where he taught some young basketballers some fundamental dribbling and ball handling skills, as well as competing 3-pointer shooting with some young players. Apparently Tony Parker won, and all the young players had to do push-ups as penalty for losing the contest.

Photos of Tony Parker in Maodanjiang of Heilongjiang.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 5:56 am
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Meanwhile, Carl Landry also arrived Beijing evening of August 27.

The poor chap had to immediately make connection to travel to Chifeng City 赤峰 of Inner Mongolia (not sure whether it was by air or by high speed train).

He then attended 2 fans gatherings in Chifeng this morning and afternoon at different flagship stores of China Peak.


Photos of Carl Landry upon his arrival into Beijing and Chifeng, and at today's activities.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 10:26 pm
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Shane Battier had a pretty hectic and full schedule on August 28 visiting Quanzhou of Fujian where China Peak headquarter is located.

He first visited China Peak headquarter in the morning with China Peak's chairman of the board Xu Jingnan accompanying him throughout his visit. Xu Jingnan introduced to Shane Battier the history of how China Peak grew and developed in the past decade into one of the most competitive sports brand in China (and the world), including signing Shane Battier, their first NBA endorsed star, then became NBA's official marketing partner, then endorsed more than 20 different NBA players, then became marketing partner for FIBA, then became sponsor for several national teams, and lately co-operations with various Organizing Committees of Olympics Games and WTA (women tennis).

And during their tour of China Peak's exhibition hall, there was this dedicated window displaying the collection of 8 generation of Shane Battier's signature shoes. Shane Battier emotionally took photos of the display window of his signature shoes with his mobile phone.


Photos of Shane Battier touring China Peak's exhibition hall.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 10:48 pm
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After his visit to China Peak headquarters, Shane Battier went to visit the #7 Secondary School of Quanzhou. He had visited this school back in 2007, and this was his 2nd visit there.

He interacted with the students there and talked about his previous visit there 7 years ago, and sighed how time flew that it seemed it was just yesterday that he visited there, and there did not seem to be any change to the school, but he had grown old and is now retiring from professional basketball.

He then watched a basketball game between staff of China Peak with the school team of #7 Secondary School. He was asked to comment and analyse the performance of the 2 teams afterwards. Shane Battier commented that defense is more important than offense and defense helps a team to win. He then demonstrated and taught the young players some defense techniques including his best kept secret on how to create offensive charge from opponents.


Photos of Shane Battier's visit to #7 Secondary School of Quanzhou.


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