The Pistons’ new front office, centered on Stefanski, will look closely at hiring a rising front-office executive in a general-manager-type role, league sources said. Brooklyn Nets assistant general manager Trajan Langdon met with Detroit officials to discuss such a high-level role and will remain a serious candidate, league sources said.
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The Nets have been popular in Asia for years, and Caris LeVert is adding to that surprising hotbed of Brooklyn fandom. LeVert is going to participate in Basketball Without Borders Asia, with an announcement set for Thursday. Brooklyn’s rising young combo guard will be joined in India by Corey Brewer of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Kelly Olynyk of the Miami Heat and Dwight Powell of the Dallas Mavericks. BWB Asia 2018 will be held from May 30 through June 2 at the NBA Academy India in Delhi, and will be run in partnership with Nike. It’s the second time the development and community outreach program – run by the league and by FIBA – will be in India. It’s also not LeVert’s first trip to Asia, either.
Vorkunov spoke with Lin Saturday night in the basement of a Chinatown hotel just steps from the Manhattan Bridge, where Daily Show correspondent Ronny Chieng about his heritage … and identity. “Maybe what I experience is different, even beyond what the average person experiences because I’m in an industry where I’m the only Asian,” Lin said, answering a Vorkunov question about how Asian-American masculinity is portrayed in the U.S. ”On every team I’m the only Asian. So the comments I get from my teammates or from staff members or from fans really gives me an insight into how they view me. The Asian-American masculinity, basically, a lot of it is like Jet Li, Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan. That’s a lot of what I have heard from other people, but obviously a lot more. Yeah, I think the best thing we can do is to be great at what we can do and be shining lights.”