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Dream League screened its 4th Year of the Yao at the Palms.
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By Brian Yang
Director of Operations, East Coast
September 16, 2005
LAS VEGAS, NV -- If basketball is not your thing, I’m going to have to stop you here.
Actually, that’s not 100% true. Even though on the weekend of August 20-21 in Las Vegas, Dream League hosted its AsianWeek- and AZN TV-sponsored "Sin City Shootout" Tournament that saw close to 90 games played between over 40-some-odd teams, if you didn’t necessarily like the sport there was something for you.
Our weekend started early on Saturday morning at the Palms Casino, the hot spot made famous by the Maloof brothers, the same guys that own the NBA Sacramento Kings. It was ironic then that we were there to host a special presentation of the King’s Western Conference rivals Houston Rockets’ center Yao Ming. Yao’s journey to the NBA from China was produced in a documentary called The Year of the Yao and while his game is hoops, his name and fame mean so much more.
It was Dream League's fourth and final screening of the film. Through a generous donation by New Line Cinema, Dream League had put together three benefit screenings up until that point: for a constituency of Dream Leaguers at the ImaginAsian Theatre in New York City, the local Asian Pacific American community at Camera12 in San Jose, and a bevy of area basketball VIPs at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, where we had received a Certificate of Honor from Mayor Gavin Newsom, presented by Jason Chan of the Office of Neighborhood Services.
In fact, the Palms screening in Vegas turned out to be the absolute last public screening, as New Line Cinema pulled the plug on the theatrical releases of The Year of Yao after a poor debut week.
Co-producer Chris Chen of Endgame Entertainment was on hand for a lively Q&A session with filmgoers who braved the early morning hours to catch this engaging story on how the 7’5” Yao became not only a recognizable sports figure around the world, but also an instant cultural and political bridge between East and West, handling everything with a great sense of humor.
|"Sin City Shootout" Tournament...|
close to 90 games played between
over 40-some-odd teams...
The story was so sincere that you could have been living under a rock for the last three years and not known the difference between a basketball and a watermelon and you would have had the strings in your heart tugged on. The Year of the Yao is the story of man who overcame adversity to triumph against all odds -- the successful formulaic plotline for any Hollywood tale.
Okay, maybe even if you didn’t like basketball, if you had set foot into one of the seven courts located in four different gyms where the tournament was being held and saw the vast gathering of Asian Americans under one (or four) roof(s) for a singular purpose, you had to be impressed.
This many AAs play roundball?