The American teams are in China in the wake of UCLA’s trip last month where three players, including LiAngelo Ball, were arrested for shoplifting. Lavar Ball has since pulled LiAngelo from UCLA, while the other two players, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, remain suspended indefinitely. “We are truly making our best impression with all of the people here and we are focused on giving the best impression of American basketball players,” Kelly Boyle, Kevin’s wife, told ZAGSBLOG by text from China. “The boys have toured the major sites (Great Wall), (Forbidden City) and then visited high schools to engage with the students. They have worked with Chinese students making dumplings, learning King Fu, and learning to write in Chinese which they all have said they loved. Today they take pottery classes and Chinese music classes . As for food, the Americans are said to be looking for pizza and other American dishes. “The boys have eaten all kinds of different dishes,” she said.
Opening ceremonies, a tough loss to a Chinese professional team, followed by some wonderful time shared with our families at our hotel to celebrate Trey’s birthday (which included some McDonalds and a cake)!Another great day in Beijing. pic.twitter.com/N4aJLutqeB— Brian Field (@pdshoops) December 6, 2017
They also got to meet Spider-Man creator Stan Lee.
Chaminade, Montverde and Providence Day getting ready for the forbidden city. pic.twitter.com/VnMcdCYU1g— Chaminade Athletics (@Chaminadesports) December 5, 2017
“We’ve always looked at this as a friendship opportunity to say, ‘Look, basketball and sports are something that speak to everybody in the world,’ ” Shane Duffy, a former executive in the N.B.A.’s Los Angeles office, told the Times. But now, he added, “we shine obviously a brighter light on that to say: ‘Look, this is real. The government’s involved, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Sports, everybody is looking at this event and taking notice, so you guys represent more than just your high school. You represent the country.” Follow Adam Zagoria on Twitter And Like ZAGS on Facebook
Montverde boy’s basketball team got to meet @TheRealStanLee in China.Creator of The Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, X-Men, Spider-Man and many more. pic.twitter.com/zrWxXzHtGX — Montverde Basketball (@MVABasketball) December 5, 2017