The NBA hosted a special charity event series last week in Sichuan, culminating with a game pinning NBA development league players against Beijing's Aoshen team yesterday at the Sichuan Provincial Gymnasium.
The Beijing Aoshen team beat the NBA league, 97:87 in front of a half-empty stadium. The much-anticipated appearances of retired Dream Teamer Chris Mullin and "Big Shot Bob" Robert Horry were a let-down for die-hard fans.
Neither showed off their skills; in fact they seemed to be more of a handicap for the NBA-D team in the first half, before they switched sides and split their time equally between playing for Aoshen and sitting on the bench.
Another NBA legend, Clyde "The Glider" Drexler, took it all in from the center of the VIP section. The game was in support of young survivors of the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake, and Drexler mentioned the possibility of another NBA visit to Chengdu in the future.
The local audience was quiet for most of the game and really heated up only when the Nets' cheerleaders started throwing free T-shirts into the crowd during one of the breaks.
New Jersey Nets cheerleaders performed to Michael Jackson's "Bad" ...
... and switched shifts with the Beijing cheerleaders.
All photos by Dan Sandoval.
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