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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

NBA fans shown Chinese ambassador’s message amid criticism of players allegedly benefiting from Xinjiang forced labor

  • The Washington Wizards hosted their annual “Chinese New Year” celebration during a match with the Los Angeles Clippers on Jan. 25.
  • As part of the celebration, Qin Gang, the Chinese ambassador to the United States, recorded a video message for the event’s basketball players and their fans, praising the strong ties between the NBA and the Chinese market.
  • Qin’s message comes amid claims that some NBA players are working with companies tied to the alleged human rights abuses in China’s Xinjiang region.

Fans who attended a recent NBA game were subjected to watching a video message from a Chinese official amid allegations that some of the league’s players are benefiting from human rights abuses in China’s Xinjiang region. 

On Jan. 25, the Washington Wizards hosted their annual Lunar New Year celebration – which they refer to as “Chinese New Year” – during a match with the Los Angeles Clippers. The event featured performances, activities and a special matchup animation. Prior to the start of the game, the U.S. national anthem was performed using the pipa, a traditional Chinese instrument.

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

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  • 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. 

‘Sad & disgusting’: Enes Kanter says Lebron James chooses ‘money over morals’ on China and slave labor

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The Boston Celtics’ Enes Kanter recently took another jab at Los Angeles Lakers star player LeBron James for reportedly choosing money over morals on the issues of forced labor in China, Uyghurs and Tibet.

What happened: Kanter, 29, took to social media on Thursday to again call out James, 36, for not standing up against Nike and its alleged use of forced labor when manufacturing its shoes.

‘Taiwan is not part of China’: Tsai Ing-wen thanks Celtics’ Enes Kanter for standing with Taiwan

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Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen recently took to social media to thank Boston Celtics’ player Enes Kanter for tweeting his support for the island nation against the Chinese government.

Why it matters: On Wednesday, Kanter, 29, posted several pictures of his new sneakers that have messages in support of Taiwan’s democracy and independence, a similar feat to the one he did in October when he voiced support for Tibet and persecuted ethnic minorities in China.

NBA’s Enes Kanter describes Chinese President Xi as ‘insecure tyrant,’ calls for Beijing 2022 boycott

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NBA player Enes Kanter described Chinese President Xi Jinping as an “insecure tyrant” in a tweet on Sunday and further called for the boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

What happened: In his tweet, the 29-year-old Swiss-born American Turkish player shared a few screenshots of his sneakers, which he dubbed as “#FreedomShoes” that featured messages such as “No Beijing 2022,” “Move the Games” and “No Rights, No Games,” according to Fox News.