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Tuesday / November 19.
  • Rui Hachimura says he may sell as many NBA jerseys as Zion Williamson

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Rui Hachimura says he may sell as many NBA jerseys as Zion Williamson.

    “We’ll see, I don’t know, maybe,” he told TMZ Sports. “But of course a lot of people want to buy my jersey for sure, so we’ll see.”

    That remains to be seen but by the looks of things, it seems at least possible. Some two dozen Japanese journalists were on hand to cover Hachimura at NBA Draft Media Day, and interest in him will remain high since he’s the first player from Japan — a nation of nearly 130 million — ever to be drafted in the first round, as I wrote in this New York Times piece.

    “It’s been always like this but right now it’s crazy especially,” he told TMZ Sports. “I just got drafted, first time. People go crazy.”

    The 6-foot-10 Hachimura was chosen No. 9 by the Washington Wizards.

    He has already signed deals with Cup of Noodles and Nike.

    “It’s an honor to have a sponsor, especially Cup of Noodles,” he said.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.