COURTING HISTORY: The NBA’s first Asian American backcourt

On March 24, Los Angeles Laker guards Jeremy Lin and Jordan Clarkson became the first Asian American starting backcourt in NBA history. Their history-making night came in a 127-117 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The starting pair had a combined 49 points and 14 assists, with Clarkson netting a season-high 30 points. Lin, a […]

FULL COUNT: Rex rights USF hoops into postseason

Distractions and criticism have plagued USF’s basketball program during the six-year tenure of head coach Rex Walters, reaching its peak earlier this season when starting point guard Cody Doolin left the team following an altercation with a teammate. Yet Walters, the lone Japanese American head coach in NCAA hoops, rebounded to guide the Dons to […]

FULL COUNT: Are Rex Walters and the Dons tournament bound this year?

The University of San Francisco Dons Men’s Basketball team went into winter break with a winning yet disappointing 5-4 record for head coach Rex Walters, who began the season with his deepest squad since taking the reins in 2008 and early on looked like they could be serious contenders for the West Coast Conference crown. […]

Pro basketball team in Japan hires Japanese American head coach

KOBE, Japan — San Jose, Calif. native Danny Yoshikawa — who was an assistant coach under fellow Japanese American Rex Walters at the University of San Francisco Dons basketball program from 2008 to 2012 — was recently named the head coach of the Hyogo Storks of the newly-formed National Basketball League in Japan. Japan’s top […]

BACK IN THE BAY: One-on-one with Jeremy Lin

OAKLAND, Calif. — Heading into the All-Star break, the Golden State Warriors entered their Feb. 12 game against the Houston Rockets needing a win to snap a four-game losing streak. Fans packed into Oakland’s Oracle Arena not just to see the Warriors, but also to cheer on Rockets point guard and Bay Area native Jeremy […]

Coaches’ Circle class includes Roseville’s Goto

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —Roseville resident George Goto, who led Placer College to the state championship in 1950 and went on to coach successful teams at Roseville High School and Sierra College, was one of 10 inductees into the new Basketball Alumni Coaches’ Circle at Sacramento State. Honored on Oct. 18 at the Alumni Center on campus, […]

For Chen and Lew, Linsanity came too late

On a recent Sunday morning, I was glued to the boob tube watching a professional basketball game from the opening jump ball to the last waning second. Haven’t done this for years, but suddenly I too have been swept up by the global phenomenon of Linsanity. By now, everybody knows Linsanity refers to Jeremy Lin, […]

Why Jeremy Lin Matters: Asian male images in the media

Pop culture traditionally has painted Asians as awkward, unathletic and never the leading man, like Long Duk Dong from a 1980s film. In just a week, Lin has shattered the stereotype. Since he burst into the national consciousness just a week ago, basketball sensation and New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin has proved that he’s […]

Is the Non-existent Lin/Kardashian Date a Problem?

So Asian America collectively shuddered the other day at rumors that Jeremy Lin and Kim Kardashian might go on a date. (Interestingly, if you Google “jeremy lin,” “jeremy lin kim kardashian” comes up as the first autocomplete result.)  I guess it’s since been debunked, but I feel like I’m a little alone in thinking that […]

Jeremy Lin and Bruce Lee

All my life I’ve wondered exactly how Bruce Lee, the world’s greatest martial artist (at least in film), could be Asian, but there had never been a dominant, cat-quick, ninja-like point guard, akin to Allen Iverson, or Brandon Jennings — thin, wiry, yet strong and fluid, and SO quick you couldn’t stop him. As an […]

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