Two players & senior executives… Vietnam “NBA Pride”
The National Basketball Association (NBA) is becoming a stage for Vietnam to feel national pride.
On the 26th, news agency ‘Tong Tan Xa Vietnam’ said in a special article titled ‘Pride in the NBA’, “Just as India likes cricket and the Philippines likes boxing, soccer is definitely the most popular sport in Vietnam.” is building,” he noted. 스포츠토토
‘Thong Tan Sa Vietnam’ is the official press of the Vietnamese government. “Jailin Williams (20, Oklahoma City Thunder) made history with the 2022 NBA Draft. Captain Johnny (21) also signed a contract with the Utah Jazz.”
Williams and the captain have one thing in common: they are Americans with Vietnamese mothers. Last year, Williams became the first Vietnamese-American player to receive an NBA Rookie of the Year draft, with the 2nd round pick at No. 34.
The captain was ignored in the draft, but signed a contract for the 2022-23 season with the Salt Lake City Stars of the 2nd division of the American Professional Basketball League (G League) and the possibility of promotion to the 1st division Utah Jazz.
‘Tong Tran X Viet Nam’ explained, “Deputy governor Mark Tatum (53), who announced that Williams was selected at the scene of last year’s NBA draft, is also a Vietnamese-American.”
NBA Vice President Tatum was born in 1969 in Vung Tau, Vietnam. ‘Tong Tan Sa Vietnam’ introduced the story of the Tatum family, whose mother immigrated with her son following her American husband.
Williams averaged 3.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 16 games in the 2022-23 NBA regular season. He broke his career high with 11 points on January 13 this year and 10 rebounds on December 30 last year.
Captain Johnny played one NBA preseason game for the Jazz, but has yet to play in the regular league. “It is worth mentioning that Christian captain (26) accepted the request to join the Vietnam national basketball team in 2021 and participated in the 32nd Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games),” emphasized Tong Tan X Viet Nam.
Christian captain recorded an average of 24.8 minutes, 6.6 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 97 Ivy League games in the 2016-17-2019-20 season at the Harvard University basketball team in the first division of the NCAA.