Quitness King himself is in Shanghai again as part of his Nike China 2011 tour, and will appear at the Nike Festival of Sport beginning tomorrow at Shanghai Stadium. The Knicks’ pre-Carmelo franchise savior Amare Stoudemire and recent number one draft pick (and former Duke diaper dandy) Kyrie Irving of the Cavaliers will also be in attendance, along with Shanghai’s own sole-representative-of-athletic-anything-now-that-Yao’s-retired, Liu Xiang.
The Nike Festival of Sport that begins tomorrow is a four-day athletic event that includes basketball, extreme sports, tennis, mixed martial arts (!) and football, to name just a portion of the options on offer. And all of the events will be free of charge!
A Nike Tournament of Champions will take place throughout the four days beginning tomorrow, and will consist of a series of basketball games featuring Chinese amateur basketball teams, also featuring the likes of LeBron, Amare and Kyrie Irving. Wouldn’t it be something if Lebron and Irving (who were both picked first in their respective drafts) faced off on the court, for a matchup of the former Cavs’ franchise rescuer against the new Chosen One selected to replace him? Excuse us while we go find a cup for our excess drool.
Lebron, Amare and Liu will be appearing at the Festival opening ceremony at Shanghai Stadium tomorrow night at 8pm. We advise you to get in early to the event grounds to get your free tickets.
The Duke University basketball team, who’ll be playing the Chinese National Team tomorrow night, will be holding a basketball clinic on Friday.
The Georgetown Hoyas will be doing much the same, hosting a clinic on Saturday before going head-to-head against the CBA’s Bayi Rockets on Sunday afternoon.
For our non-team sport oriented contingent, there’s the Nike City Jam Series skateboarding event that will see pro skaters like Paul Rodriguez, Eric Koston, Shane O’Neill, Omar Salazar and Theotis Beasley serving as judges for the final competition featuring local skate talent.
Partial basketball schedule: (Full schedule featuring all sporting events here, in Chinese).
- Lebron James Basketball Tour 3-5pm, August 18th
- Duke University Clinic 4-5pm, August 19th
- Georgetown University Clinic 3-4pm, August 20th
- Georgetown University vs Bayi Rockets 4-5pm, August 21st
Nike Festival of Sport // Free // 3pm-9pm // August 18-21 // Shanghai Stadium, 666 Tianyaoqiao Lu, near Lingling Lu (天钥桥路666号，近零陵路) // Nearest Metro stop: Shanghai Stadium (上海体育馆) on line 4
Meanwhile, we wonder if Lebron might once again get dunked on by some anonymous summer camper, and has to leave Shanghai with his pride resembling a tattered pile of rags. James lost his handle and got the ball stolen from an unnamed player in Taipei, after lackadaisically thinking about potential crab-dribbles, getting ever-so-gently posterized on the other end during the Taiwan stop of his current promotion tour.
Perhaps the kid was trying to avenge Taiwan’s honor against Nike and King James, who caused quite the commotion by insinuating the island in fact belonged to China when Lebron’s Taipei stop was innocuously included as part of his ‘China Tour’ in their marketing literature, as opposed to, say, his ‘China & Taiwan tour’.
And quite true to form, James randomly passes the ball to a teammate in white the next time down the floor, only to see the ball go out of bounds, and then watch helplessly as the same player who just took him coast-to-coast (#31) sinks a jumper in his mug.
Though, in Lebron’s defense, his teammates didn’t seem like they were helping much on offense, and just sort of stood around when James had the ball. Where have we heard that one before? Oh right, that just happened to be the Cleveland’s entire offensive scheme from 2003-10.
And it wasn’t the first time that LBJ was served a hearty dunk-lunch by an amateur, and hopefully not the last either. Long live the King!
(h/t to CNNGo)
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