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[From Stephen B. Snyde...]
So if you're old school like me, yesterday's draft was the most highly anticipated one in a long, long time. Sure, 2003 was nice, but that was after a mucho-boring March Madness due to no draft age minimum.
This year, we got to see where Yi Jianlian was going to wind up. We had all these Florida Gators with the team concept. We had Joakim Noah. We had a little tiny bit of drama before Portland made Greg Oden the official #1 and then Seattle made the easiest #2 pick ever with Kevin Durant. Then it was the Warriors with the Italian guard and then trading Jason Richardson.
I mean, this was the most exciting NBA Draft for Bay Area fans, especially those who are now veteran Asian ballaz, since the day Chris Webber was drafted and swapped with Anfernee Hardaway to land with the Golden State Warriors!
Folks, that was 1993.
So the draft's over (good job, ESPN and Mike Tirico) and I'm flipping around channels and stumble upon USA Network. Lo and behold, it is a new TV show. Seemingly tailor-made for the veteran Asian hoopster, the one who reminisces the 90's.
I bring you Burn Notice.
Starring some guy (alright, I admit, he's pretty cool) and -- you'd throw me in jail if I didn't list this out one-by-one...
Even better, I just discovered that Anwar is actually half-Asian. Well, half-Iranian, but you know how Poor Man's Commish goes by the definition of "Asian" per the countries involved in the Asian Games. China Chow: I am speechless (did you click on her link?). And both look so mature now. Yaoza! (Yes, this is how you shall spell "yaoza" for the remainder of the civilized world.)
The beautiful actresses who are in only one, single movie you remember, they are the best.
Oh man, I could stop there. But guess what, this is a damn good show with a damn good story and sweet subject matter. See, this dude is an ex-spy who got a "burn notice" from the CIA (or FBI?, who cares), which means they've freezed him out for some unknown reason, even his bank accounts. So dude has to find a way to first of all get some cash to operate and then find out what happened, get revenge. Along the way, he has to use his ex-spy skills, which include building a bomb (that was actually fake), making a wire tap out of two cellphones, intimidating a drug dealer by using Home Depot tools to weaken the side of the drug dealer's front door, then crippling him in the leg by shooting through the side panel instead of a direct confrontation, then using the same tools to enter thru the back and surprise him -- you get the point. All the while, he's doing this through unconventional means, the antithesis of James Bond and his pre-fabricated gadgetry. Like a how-to show on becoming a spy.
Forcing us viewers to bow down to this dude even further, Anwar is his girlfriend and she totally has the hots for this guy, but he's too busy looking over his shoulder and trying to get revenge to even spend the night with her. What's the word I'm looking for? Oh yeah: Daaaaammmnnn!!
So I know Poor Man's Commish is waiting for some connection to basketball for this blog.
Does the part where dude steals a non-airbag car, after passing on a few that do have airbags (because airbags, while safer, will knock the driver out), then rams it into the bad guy before bad guy can go kidnap dude's client's 8-year-old boy count? You see, in place of a Xmas tree air freshener hanging on the rear-view mirror of the Rockford Files-like Pontiac Firebird that dude steals, is a hanging ornament of...A BASKETBALL!
By the way, what's with the big basketball icon in the commercials for Bravo TV's new Paula Abdul reality show?
Anyways, I hereby nominate Burn Notice as the official dreamleague or Asian baller TV show. It put a stamp on NBA Draft 2007.
Did I mention these are the mature versions of both Gabrielle Anwar (now 37) and China Chow (now 33). Can I use 90's terminology? THIS SHOW'S DA BOMB!!!
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