The lovely Panney Wei, special Dream League correspondent (amongst other things - L.A. based actor, film festival board member, author, mentor, and fiance) finally had a chance to take a break out of her busy year, sit down, breath, and share her NBA All-Star Weekend experiences with us. The following was written in June '06 when Mark Cuban was still a relatively happy man.
Q&A with Panney Wei at the NBA All-Star Weekend:
A beautiful day has headed into a beautiful evening, and I’m sitting here watching Sunday’s game of the NBA Finals while the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks fight for the coveted NBA Championship title. It’s half-time on the court, and Dallas is ahead 57-50.
Whoever wins this game is just one step ahead in being the champs. I’m nervous, excited, and am secretly rooting for the Mavericks. After all, I’m a big Avery Johnson fan! And I’m thrilled to give Dream League the inside scoop of my experience at the NBA All-Star Game as a host of a new show for NBA TV China, called Our NBA.
Hi Panney, can you give us a little bit of your background? Aside from hosting an NBA All-Star Weekend show this year, what else do you busy yourself with?
Sure thing! Well, hosting is something I definitely enjoy doing very much. I love finding the story in every person, place, or situation, traveling to different places to enjoy new experiences, learning from the adventure, and telling stories. It’s something I do with a passion and I guess you could say outside of hosting, my creativity as an artist manifests itself in several ways.
P-Wei shares a moment with D-Wade.
I’m also a professional writer/journalist working on my upcoming novel, a memoir titled The Jade Princess Warrior: The Journey Back Home, which is a coming-of-age story about my first career as a competitive figure skater, my challenging relationship with my mother, my battle with a life-threatening illness, and the endurance of the human spirit to overcome odds, to live according to your own truth, and manifest the life you’ve always dreamed of.
It’s a universal story yet uniquely identifiable by Asian Americans, and I’m building a one-woman show around it as well.
Since I was a professional athlete in my youth, I learned a lot about the body’s ability to self-heal, and have always been interested in sharing my knowledge in this area to help inspire others and give back to the world.
So aside from sharing my novel and continuing my life purpose through my writing, I’m pursuing a degree as a Doctor of Naturopathy in order to help others live their healthiest and best lives possible and to take steps to heal our world and its human beings, from the inside out, one amazing person at a time. When you can achieve an optimal state of health and happiness in your life, love, and career, who knows what else you can accomplish!
So, tell us! What was the All-Star Houston Weekend like?
It was a dream come true! I love the excitement, competition, and energy of basketball, and the NBA All-Star Weekend was an awesome synergy of lifestyle entertainment, sports, music, activities, celebrities and NBA All-Stars all rolled into one.
I’ve never had so much fun combining my two passions: sports and lifestyle entertainment into one exciting, fun-filled weekend.
It was jammed pack with activities from the NBA Jam Session, the NBA Asian Night after party, special interviews with the All-Stars like Dwyane “Flash” Wade, to all the special events like the Footlocker Three-Point shootout.