I’m generally opposed to stoking panic about the rise of China and have been greatly enjoying Will Hutton’s The Writing on the Wall that I think provides a sensible non-alarmist take. But as long as we’re talking about the NBA All-Star selections we really need to grapple with the Chinese threat. Simply put, one of the men pictured above has been putting together a season as a starting All-Star Guard. Another plays in the same conference with Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash.
Ironically, the Chinese basketball player all the Chinese fans come out to vote for utterly deserves his spot, but they also stick around to vote for his less-worthy American sidekick. In my opinion, this is a serious problem. What if one year Shane Battier winds up as a starting Western Conference forward while Kevin Garnett rides the pine?