Bloggin’ From China: Diana Taurasi
The Forbidden City, The Great Wall and The Storm
Taurasi (L) with Alana Beard and Kara Lawson (R) at the Forbidden City.
I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s game in Beijing. The reaction on Thursday night was tremendous. Fans really love basketball here and I look forward to seeing them respond to the first ever NBA game played in Beijing. The fans just went crazy for Yao and were very supportive of Liu Wei, who showed he could play. It will be interesting to see if he makes the team. There are so many talented players in the league but I thought he handled the pressure of playing in his first NBA game in front of the hometown fans quite well.
I didn’t get to see Game 3 of the WNBA Finals between the Storm and Connecticut out here but I tip my hat to Seattle and my former teammate, Sue Bird, for winning the WNBA championship. Seattle for the most part of the season was the best team and proved it when it counted most.
One eye on Shanghai; the other on Game 3
Everywhere you go, there are people, people and more people. It’s amazing here in Shanghai. No matter what time of day it is, you see lots of people. Even though I don’t know the language, people here have been so nice, helping you find your destination. This is all new to me since this is my first visit to China.
Diana Taurasi purchases some souvenirs at The Bund in Shanghai, China.
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Even though I’m trying to soak up as much as I can before I depart for Beijing late Thursday night, I’m also keeping tabs on what’s happening with the WNBA Finals and hope to watch Game 3 live on Wednesday morning.
Even though anything can happen in the final game of a series, I think Seattle is going to win, especially at home. They’re difficult to beat there and they have proven it throughout the season.
I’m also looking forward to seeing Yao and T-Mac in the same lineup on Thursday night at Shanghai Stadium. How well they work together will determine their season. The fans are going to be pumped up to see Yao playing at home. It should really be a special game.