South Korea Rumors
David Pick: Korean prospect Lee Jong-Hyun has declared for the NBA draft, I’ve been told. Lee Jong-Hyun led 2014 World Cup in blocks per game. Ranked ahead of Pau Gasol & Anthony Davis.
Korean League (KBL) will allow two foreigners per team next season. One foreigner can’t be taller than 193cm/6-3ft (without shoes) while the other is usually a big man.
Get the tissues ready for this one. U.S Army Private Namon Bledsoe wanted to treat his mother Denise Edwards to a special night while he was deployed in South Korea, so he wrote to the Detroit Pistons. From there, it was all magic.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Forward DeShawn Sims has signed in South Korea with KCC Egis, agent @Daniel Moldovan told me.
NBA All-Star Weekend is traditionally the league’s biggest marketing event. Heading into this weekend’s 2014 NBA All-Star game in New Orleans, the NBA is poised to announced its first-ever official tire sponsor: Kumho Tire. The NBA plans to announce a multi-year marketing partnership with the South Korean tire maker today across both the NBA and NBA Development League, according to league marketing executives. The partnership tips off at NBA All-Star Weekend from Feb. 14-16, where Kumho Tire will get to slap its logo courtside and on signage. A Korean tire company might seem like an odd fit at first glance, but the NBA’s now one of the most global of the Big 5 U.S. pro leagues. Fully 25% of its players come from outside the U.S. Its games are now telecast in 212 countries.
08 Jan 14
The National Basketball Association has signed a wide-ranging, $100 million deal with Samsung Electronics Co. to bring the South Korean company’s technology courtside at its games, according to people familiar with the matter, a strategic move for two organizations looking to expand their global reach. As the NBA’s official provider of tablets and televisions, Samsung will supply the courtside monitors that referees use to review close calls when the NBA begins its new season this week, moving Samsung into the valuable space so close to the action.
18 Aug 13
“Fact is, he hasn’t bombed anywhere he’s threatened to yet. Not South Korea, not Hawaii, not … whatever. People say he’s the worst guy in the world. All I know is Kim told me he doesn’t want to go to war with America. His whole deal is to talk basketball with Obama. Unfortunately, Obama doesn’t want to have anything to do with him. I ask, Mr. President, what’s the harm in a simple phone call? This is a new age, man. Come on, Obama, reach out to Kim and be his friend.”
LeBron James is getting two new big-money teammates. The Heat superstar joins up with Dunkin’ Brands Inc., to promote Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins in China, Taiwan, India and South Korea. The company has more than 5,000 stories in Asia.
LG Sakers have officially signed Magnum Rolle (211-C/F-86, college: Louisiana Tech) earlier this month. The Bahamian player will fill in an important player spot on the team’s roster. Magnum Rolle spent last season in D-League. He averaged 14.1 points, 5.5 boards, 1.5 steals, 1.3 assists and 1.2 blocks per game for the Maine Red Claws. USBasket.com named the centre into D-League All-Imports Team. Magnum Rollegraduated from the Louisiana Tech University in 2010. His stats read 13.9 points, 8.4 boards and 2.1 blocks per game in the senior college season.
Grand Bahamian professional basketball player, Magnum Rolle may have to wait a while before he can actually step onto the hardwood floor of the NBA and play with the Atlanta Hawks because of a lockout, however, the newly turned NBA player is not resting on his laurels and waiting for things to change. Earlier this month, Magnum signed a deal to play overseas, while the NBA lockout continues. Magnum signed with LG Sakers, a team from South Korea. According to sources, Rolle’s deal was in the amount of $973,000.
17 Jan 11
Benson has occasionally said that his blogging made him a less attractive prospect to NBA teams looking for help inside, and that’s certainly a strong possibility. But his writing has also made him one of the most welcome presences in basketball in the past decade, far more important than most D-League call-ups. In a just world, Benson could easily write and perform at whichever level of basketball he can reach based on the merits. That’s unfortunately not the case, but he remains an important part of the basketball world no matter what.
There’s much more where this came from, and the whole post is well worth your time. But this short passage displays everything that makes Benson such a valuable voice. He doesn’t hold anytihng back from his audience, including the kind of personal feelings that most people — in general, not just athletes — usually keep to themselves. Few basketball players are willing to get this deep, and none are able to do so with the skill of Benson.
03 Jan 11