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HBO releases trailer for ‘Linsanity’ documentary ’38 at the Garden’

Jeremy Lin documentary trailer
  • HBO has released the trailer for “38 at the Garden,” a documentary chronicling Jeremy Lin’s amazing run against the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Garden during the NBA 2011-12 season on Feb. 10, 2012.
  • Some consider that game to be the moment when “Linsanity,” a cultural phenomenon that took the NBA and the world by storm, was born.
  • The HBO documentary, written and directed by Frank Chi and produced by Golden State Entertainment, will feature interviews with many personalities, including journalist Lisa Ling, comedians Ronny Chieng, Hasan Minhaj and Jenny Yang, and former NBA star Tyson Chandler.
  • “This is who I am. This is what I’m capable of,” Lin says in the trailer, “all you guys need to do is watch and see.”
  • HBO’s “38 at the Garden” will premiere on Oct. 11 and will also be available for streaming on HBO Max.

HBO has released the trailer for the upcoming “Linsanity” documentary “38 at the Garden,” which chronicles former NBA star Jeremy Lin’s spectacular run as he led the New York Knicks to a winning streak.

The documentary will look into how Lin, 34, took the NBA — and the world — by storm after scoring 38 points against the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Garden during the NBA 2011-12 season on Feb. 10, 2012, resulting in the start of the cultural phenomenon known as “Linsanity.”

Las Vegas Aces’ assistant coach Natalie Nakase becomes first Asian American coach to win WNBA title

  • Las Vegas Aces assistant coach Natalie Nakase became the first Asian American coach to win a WNBA title after the team defeated the Connecticut Sun 78-71 in Game 4 of the WNBA Finals on Sunday.
  • Nakase, 42, joined the Aces’ coaching staff under head coach Becky Hammon in February.
  • A former collegiate point guard who averaged 4.9 points and 3.7 assists per game for the University of California, Los Angeles, the Japanese American athlete decided to pursue coaching in 2007 following a knee injury.
  • With the dream of becoming a coach in the NBA, she joined the Clippers in 2012 and became an assistant coach to their NBA G League development team in 2017.
  • She then became a player development assistant coach for the Clippers in 2018 and stayed with the team until she joined the Aces in February.

Las Vegas Aces assistant coach Natalie Nakase made history on Sunday as the first Asian American coach to win a WNBA title. 

The Aces captured their first championship title in franchise history by defeating the Connecticut Sun 78-71 in Game 4 of the WNBA Finals.

California woman ordered to apologize, pay $9,000 for telling daughter to hit opponent at youth basketball game

BASKETBALL GAME ATTACK
  • Latira Shonty Hunt, 44, was charged with two misdemeanors after allegedly telling her teenage daughter to hit another player during a basketball game on Nov. 7, 2021.
  • A video of the incident shows 15-year-old Lauryn Ham being struck in the head by Hunt’s daughter, who was also a minor.
  • On Wednesday, a judge granted Hunt misdemeanor diversion in exchange for several requirements, including writing an apology and paying $9,000 in restitution.
  • Hunt was also ordered to complete anger management classes and stay away from Lauryn, who suffered a bruised neck and a concussion after the attack.
  • The attacker’s father, identified as former NBA player Corey Benjamin, previously apologized for his daughter’s actions.

A California woman charged with misdemeanors for encouraging her daughter to attack an opponent at a youth basketball tournament last year has been ordered to apologize and pay more than $9,000 in restitution.

The incident, which was caught on video, occurred during a game between the SoCal Blaze and Dream Academy teams at the MAP Sports Facility in Garden Grove on Nov. 7.

NBA champion Jeremy Lin signs with CBA’s Guangzhou Loong Lions

  • Jeremy Lin has announced that he will be heading to the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) as a member of the Guangzhou Loong Lions for the 2022-2023 season.
  • Lin announced his return in an Instagram post which contained pictures of himself wearing his new uniform and signing his new contract.
  • His announcement arrives a decade after Lin first lit up the basketball world during his run with the New York Knicks, which sparked a cultural phenomenon.
  • In the years since, Jeremy Lin has made significant impacts on and off the court, winning an NBA championship and recently opening a basketball school.

Jeremy Lin has announced that he will be heading to the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) as a member of the Guangzhou Loong Lions for the 2022-2023 season.

Lin shared pictures of himself playing in his new uniform and signing his new contract in an Instagram post, expressing his excitement to “live out his basketball dreams.”

Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson gives prized Kobe Bryant photo to fan with rare type of cancer

  • Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson, 32, gave a special autographed photo of the late Kobe Bryant to Joseph Tagaban, a 15-year-old fan diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
  • Tagaban, who lives in Petersburg, Alaska, was filmed meeting his idol through Make-A-Wish earlier this month.
  • During ESPN’s latest “My Wish” episode, which was released on Wednesday, the two can be seen spending a day together shooting hoops, driving around in Thompson’s convertible and getting ice cream.
  • “I just know he’s going through a hard time and I know he’ll cherish that photo,” Thompson said after gifting his prized possession to Tagaban. “Just such a special photo of mine and I decided to hook him up. He’s a great young man, he deserves it.”
  • Tagaban’s life was turned upside down in December 2020 after doctors performed a biopsy on a lesion in his mouth and eventually diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, a type of cancer rarely seen in adolescents.
  • After Tagaban returned home in November 2021 following a chemotherapy breakthrough, he started playing basketball again in January.

Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson gave his prized possession, a photo autographed by the late Kobe Bryant, to a young fan diagnosed with a rare type of cancer.

Joseph Tagaban, a 15-year-old from Petersburg, Alaska, was filmed meeting his idol through Make-A-Wish earlier this month. During ESPN’s latest “My Wish” episode, which was released on Wednesday, the two can be seen spending a day together shooting hoops, driving around in Thompson’s convertible and getting ice cream.

‘Szechuan Chef Curry’: Little Chinese boy’s basketball skills could make him the next Stephen Curry

A video of a Chinese child basketball player showcasing his skills has gone viral, with netizens drawing comparisons between the young baller and NBA superstar Stephen Curry.  

Throughout the clip, which has over 57,000 likes since being uploaded to Twitter on Wednesday, it is clear that the Chinese youngster modeled his game after Stephen Curry’s deadly offensive arsenal, displaying everything from underhand floaters to shifty step-back jump shots. 

Jeremy Lin opens basketball school in Toronto to empower Asian youth

  • Taiwanese American basketball player Jeremy Lin announced that he will open a school for aspiring basketball players of Asian descent in Toronto, where he won the 2019 NBA championship with the Raptors.
  • While Lin encountered racial prejudice throughout his basketball career, he hopes to inspire the next generation of Asian ballers to embrace their identities.
  • “I’m passionate about players becoming better at basketball but I’m also probably even more passionate about Asian American kids growing up with confidence, with self-esteem, being proud to be Asian, which was something that I wasn’t growing up,” Lin told The Raptors Show.
  • The basketball school’s program, which was developed in consultation with Lin, centers around a curriculum that incorporates physical and nonphysical activities to teach key elements of the sport, including communication and teamwork.
  • While Lin regrets not using the platform he gained after sparking the cultural phenomenon known as “Linsanity,” he is now making more of a commitment to help the Asian diaspora.

Taiwanese American basketball player Jeremy Lin announced that he will open a school for aspiring basketball players of Asian descent in Toronto, where he won the 2019 NBA championship with the Raptors.

The prejudice that Lin faced throughout the early stages of his career, from racially charged insults during his college days at Harvard to microaggressions from scouts who overlooked his athleticism during his NBA draft process, put a strain on his relationship with his Asian heritage.

’38 at the Garden’: Jeremy Lin says he cried, was ‘blown away’ after watching new doc on ‘Linsanity’

JEREMY LIN DOCU
  • Former NBA star Jeremy Lin, 33, admitted during the Tribeca Film Festival that he was “blown away” after Tuesday’s premiere of “38 at the Garden,” a documentary that focuses on the “Linsanity” phenomenon.
  • “Yesterday was my first time [watching the film] and I cried, and I don’t cry,” Lin said during the Q&A session after the show.
  • The documentary, which was directed by Frank Chi and produced by Travon Free and Samir Hernandez, revisits Lin’s cultural impact following the 2011-2012 NBA season.
  • “I spent my whole life trying to be good at basketball because on the court my skin color didn’t matter,” Lin shared. “But once I played basketball all that mattered was my skin color.”
  • HBO, which acquired “38 at the Garden,” will start streaming the documentary later this year.

Basketball superstar Jeremy Lin was moved to tears while watching “38 at the Garden,” a documentary highlighting the “Linsanity” phenomenon that debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival on Tuesday.

Directed by Frank Chi, “38 at the Garden” revisits Lin’s cultural impact after he kicked off the “Linsanity” phenomenon. During the 2011-2012 NBA season, the former Taiwanese American athlete turned the New York Knicks’ score around during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden, scoring a total of 38 points.

Simu Liu and Jeremy Lin headline star-studded basketball game for a cause in Toronto

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  • Jeremy Lin and Simu Liu are headlining the second Canadian Chinese Youth Athletic Association Celebrity Classic, a celebrity basketball game that aims to raise funds for the organization's new community center and the Jeremy Lin Foundation.
  • Over 20 Asian American celebrities, athletes and personalities are set to take part in the special event, including Hasan Minhaj, Ronny Chieng, Steven Lim, Philip Wang and Leenda Dong.
  • The upcoming game, which Liu promises to be bigger and better than the first one, is set to take place at the 2,000-seater Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport inside the University of Toronto on July 9.
  • “This year, we’re celebrating Asian Americans and Canadians who have broken barriers and achieved success in Hollywood, pro sports, music, comedy, and food. We invite the city of Toronto to celebrate with us on July 9th!” Liu said in a statement.

Basketball star Jeremy Lin and actor Simu Liu are headlining a celebrity basketball game for charity in Toronto. 

Over 20 Asian American celebrities, athletes and personalities are set to take part in the special event to be held in cooperation with the Canadian Chinese Youth Athletic Association (CCYAA).

Ukraine’s men’s basketball team hopes possible Taiwan visit will provide mental refresh

Ukraine basketball team
  • Ukrainian men's basketball team manager Andrii Lebediev said at a press conference on Saturday he hopes the team’s time in Taiwan will help them refresh their minds amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, if confirmed.
  • Lebediev, two other national team staff members and a family member arrived in Taiwan on April 5 on a business visa after being invited by the Kaohsiung Steelers, a team under Taiwan’s professional basketball league P. League+.
  • The purpose of the visit, which was welcomed by P. League+ founder and CEO Blackie Chen, was to provide opportunities for professional exchange on management and training.
  • Ukraine’s national basketball team was competing in the FIBA World Cup European qualifiers in Spain on February 24, right around the time when Russia began its invasion of the Eastern European country.

Ukraine’s national men’s basketball team hopes their trip to Taiwan, if confirmed, will give their players peace of mind while they prepare for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 European qualifier next month.

Speaking at a press conference on Saturday, team manager Andrii Lebediev said he hopes the new training environment will help the team refresh their minds amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

NBA fan asks Los Angeles Lakers’ Austin Reaves to sign his rice cooker in viral video

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  • A video of a Lakers fan who brought a rice cooker to NBA player Austin Reaves’ autograph signing in Rowland Heights, California, on Feb. 6 went viral on social media.
  • “I thought it would be funny, and it would be fun for him. I didn’t want to bring a basketball or a picture, because everyone does that. I wanted to be a little different. And I love rice!” Lakers fan Patrick De Los Rios told NextShark.
  • “I told him he’s invited to the family gatherings,” De Los Rios jokingly said. “I see this rice cooker everyday, so now when I look at it, I’ll see his signature.”

A clip circulating on social media features Austin Reaves of the Los Angeles Lakers signing a fan’s rice cooker at a public autograph signing. 

Filipino Mexican Lakers fan Patrick De Los Rios jokingly brought a rice cooker to shooting guard Reaves’ autograph signing at Rowland Heights, California, on Feb. 6. The video of his meet-and-greet subsequently went viral on social media

Fil-Am NBA players Jalen Green and Jordan Clarkson share history and a hug on Filipino Heritage Night

NBA Filipino players
  • NBA players Jalen Green of the Houston Rockets and Jordan Clarkson of the Utah Jazz shared the court on Wednesday, marking the second time in NBA history that two athletes of Filipino descent played in the same game.
  • Utah Jazz hosted a Filipino Night to celebrate Green and Clarkson’s heritage and to donate to local Filipino organizations.
  • The Houston Rockets ultimately won the game by 116-111.

The Utah Jazz hosted a Filipino Heritage Night on Jan. 19 to celebrate Filipino culture in honor of the second time in NBA history that two Filipino American players, Jalen Green and Jordan Clarkson, would share the court.

The event “Filipino Night: A Celebration of Culture and Tradition,” which took place at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, included commemorative T-shirts and in-game activities to honor the occasion.