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Chinese Iverson, the World's Craziest Fans, and Emmanuel Mudiay's Journey

In the second episode of THE WAY WE BALL, we look at China’s thriving basketball culture through the eyes of the next coming of Allen Iverson, a die hard fan group, and a foreign import.

by VICE Sports
Oct 2 2018, 3:00pm

In 1987, then-commissioner David Stern cut a deal with China Central Television to broadcast NBA games in China. What followed was the growth of a passionate basketball fanbase spearheaded by Yao Ming’s success in the NBA. But this country’s basketball culture is more than just Yao—from Emmanuel Mudiay’s lone season in the CBA to a new, up-and-comer’s success in the league, this episode of THE WAY WE BALL takes a look at the future of this country’s basketball scene.