OPALS GATHER AS BATKOVIC TIES THE KNOT
Suzy Batkovic has shared some of the happiest moments in her life wearing an Australia uniform, so it's no surprise that a few Aussie teammates showed up at her wedding. Lauren Jackson and 2006 FIBA World Championship MVP Penny Taylor, along with former Opal Trisha Fallon, were maids of honor as Batkovic married Matt Brown in Cronulla, New South Wales. Now going by the name of Suzy Batkovic- Brown, the Australia center who played professionally in Italy this year has other aims. She wants to have a baby, and to play for the Opals at the London Olympics in 2012. "As for having someone to babysit while I'm playing, that's why you get married - to have a husband to look after the kids," she said in the Daily Telegraph. "I warned him before we married."
YAO LENDS VOICE TO CARTOON FILM
The deep voice of China’s 7ft 6in national team center Yao Ming is hearded in the Chinese-language cartoon film the Magic Aster that was released on June 19. Yao, who will play a leading role for China if they qualify for the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey, has donated income received from the film to the Shanghai Special-Care Foundation. "It's a cartoon of many Chinese culture aspects," the 7ft 6in Yao said in a Xinhuanet story. "It reminded me of the good memory of the old Chinamade cartoons like Brothers Cucurbit and Making Havoc in Heaven." Yao, who held a press conference, poked fun at himself when discussing his part in the movie. "I hope the audiences recognize my voice in the, though my voice is not beautiful," he said. Yao admitted after four hours of dubbing in Beijing that he needed a glass of water. "I'm dying of thirst," he said. "I feel like I've spoken for an entire day. And you must do the dubbing with lots of emotion.”
Taiwan supermodel-actress Lin Chi-ling and Hong Kong actor-singer Leon Lai are also in the movie. Yao is no stranger to the studio. He once played himself in an episode of the Simpsons.
CURIOSITIES: DID YOU KNOW?
- In 1894 Dr. Naismith, the inventor of the game, asked A.G. Spalding & Bros. to develop the first basketball. Before that, the sport of basketball was played with a soccer ball.
- Carl Lewis, the 10-time Olympic medallist considered by many as the greatest athlete of all time was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the 1984 Draft with the 208th overall pick. Of course Lewis never put on the Bulls uniform, other way he would have ended up on the same roster with Jordan, Chicago's first pick that year.
- Michael Jordan was drafted third in the 1984 Draft. Houston used their number one pick to select Hakeem Olajuwon and won two championships with him. Portland had the second pick and selected... Sam Bowie.
- Kobe Bryant was selected 14 by the Hornets and then traded him to the Lakers. Manu Ginobili was selected 57th, and Ben Wallace didn't even made the draft and signed as a free agent.
- Larry Brown broke a record in 2005-06. No, his 23 victories weren't the worst in Knicks history, but he used an NBA record 42 different starting line-ups. He started 16 different players and 29 of those lineups were used only once. And you were wondering why his players weren't happy with him.
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