Brave Dragons

Brave Dragons

A Chinese Basketball Team, An American Coach, and Two Cultures Clashing

Book - 2012
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When the Shanxi Brave Dragons, one of China's worst professional basketball teams, hired former NBA coach Bob Weiss, the team's owner, Boss Wang, promised that Weiss would be allowed to Americanize his players by teaching them "advanced basketball culture." That promise would be broken from the moment Weiss landed in China. Desperate for his team to play like Americans, Wang--a peasant turned steel tycoon--nevertheless refused to allow his players the freedom and individual expression necessary to truly change their games. Former "New York Times" Beijing bureau chief Jim Yardley tells the story of the resulting culture clash with sensitivity and a keen comic sensibility. Readers meet the Brave Dragons, a cast of colorful, sometimes heartbreaking oddballs from around the world: the ambitious Chinese assistant coach, Liu Tie, who believes that Chinese players are genetically inferior and can improve only through the repetitious drilling once advocated by ancient kung fu masters; the moody and selfish American import, Bonzi Wells, a former NBA star so unnerved by China that initially he locks himself in his apartment; the Taiwanese point guard, Little Sun, who is demonized by his mainland Chinese coaches; and the other Chinese players, whose lives sometimes seem little different from those of factory workers.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307272218
0307272214
Branch Call Number: 796.3236409 Y27b 2012
Characteristics: 304 pages : illustrations, 1 map ; 25 cm

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patcarstensen
Jul 23, 2015

For someone who knows exactly what a "small forward" is, the book probably has too much business of basketball and too little basketball, but it gives a different angle of insight on what is changing in China and what is not.

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