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2006 Houston All-Star Weekend


Q+A with Panney Wei, NBA TV China (Part 5 of 5)



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Is there something you learned about hosting this show for the NBA that you didn’t expect coming in?

Yao's a pretty big deal to P-Wei and her man.

That to be Asian American is powerful. To be Chinese is powerful, and the NBA recognizes that and the power of Asian American and Chinese consumers.

It’s great that they recognize China’s influence in the global economy, which is part of the reason why they’re shooting this show. It’s geared for the Chinese market but can probably be enjoyed by all because it’s both in English and Chinese.

So, you’re engaged now to Chris Chen, producer of the film The Year of the Yao documenting the arrival of Yao Ming to the NBA. Were you a big hoop fan already before meeting Chris, or were you always? Who’s your favorite team/player and why?

Chris and I met outside of basketball, but synchronistically at a fundraiser for the L.A. Asian Pacific Film Festival which I serve as Co-Chair of the Honorary Committee.

I was already a hoop fan by then, but being with Chris has made me an even bigger hoop fan and definitely more knowledgeable of the sport.

My favorite team or player? How about my favorite coach? My favorite team would be the Houston Rockets, of course, cause I got to support Yao Ming. My favorite player, outside of Yao Ming, is Steve Nash or Nate Rob cause they’re both mighty little bullets of skill, power, and passion which is inspiring to me.

My favorite coach would be Avery Johnson of the Dallas Mavericks, because he’s a good leader, charismatic, talented, and most importantly, humble. These days in the sports and entertainment industry, to stay humble, respectful, and well-known is definitely an art.

There are so many guys with chips on their shoulders or insecure/big egos, so it’s something to watch out for when a guy like him comes around. I respect who he is, and how he represents himself. He represents the art of living, which is not easy to do.

What’s next for you? Would you give it all up to become a full-time host for an NBA show?

Why not? Who wouldn’t? If you love basketball and lifestyle entertainment as much as I do, you would too.

Stay tuned to my website: www.panneywei.com for updates.

What’s next for me? Publishing my upcoming novel, starring in an inspiring documentary about women living and achieving their goals in all walks of life, writing as always, being Guest Editor for Woman International Magazine’s July issue, and of course, getting married! Phew!

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