Flying over the Arctic Circle at sunset. Simply breathtaking. The team charter flew over the top of the world on the way to China. Enormous mountains, glaciers, no sign of humans for hours, frozen rivers with cliff faces hundreds of feet high. For a fanatical lover of the great outdoors, it was a scene I'll never forget.
When a Chinese journalist said, "All Americans look alike."
BRUSH WITH COMMUNISM
The military's presense in Beijing is a little outrageous, to say the least. A Chinese friend told me that elections were about to start, so there was heightened security. I was like, "Elections? What the?" Anyway, I tried to take my picture with this guy and almost got arrested, or something like that. He didn't want me on his little box. Go fig...
Tofu on the left, sweet and sour shrimp in the middle and "assorted" fried rice on the right. The restaurant was located just outside of the Forbidden City in Beijing. A sign in English read: "High sanitation rating." Best Chinese I've ever eaten.
David Stern's best idea in years.
Pretty sure these girls aren't old enough to actually drink this NBA beer, but whatever.
THE BUS DRIVER
See this nice guy. Looks pretty sweet, right. He was the Heat's bus driver in Beijing and he was an absolute maniac. He tried to run people down with his bus.
LEBRON WINS AT EVERYTHING
So, LeBron had a few promotional appearances in China and I attended one of them in Shanghai. LeBron sells doughnuts and ice cream in China. OK, whatever. During the event, LeBron had a chopsticks contest against some kids. Put the doughnut nuggets (or whatever you call them) on the crown like jewels. LeBron won. He wins at everything. Even chopsticks contests against the Chinese!
That's me in the "silk market" in Shanghai. Players and Heat staff members loved the markets in both Shanghai and Beijing. You could haggle for stuff like knockoff headphones, watches and handbags. I didn't buy anything. I did, however, rock the Wyoming state flag on my T-shirt.
Pretty big place. The street between the temple and the square is 20-lanes wide -- big enough to land military aircraft in times of war (or so I was told). There seemed to be about a million Chinese tourists in the square the day I visited it. Great experience but the National Mall is about 1,000 times cooler. Hey, call me biased.
Flew with the team to China but he didn't "let it fly" once he got there. Miller didn't play in either game against the Clippers. He did, however, have a good time.
In Shanghai, this river never sleeps.
SUMMER PALACE IN BEIJING
In China, this guy never slept.
I braved the subway in Beijing. Good times.
So, there's a section in Shanghai called The Bund. It's a pretty famous place and a popular nightlife locale for internationals. So, I'm walking down the street in The Bund and this guy walks up to me and says in broken English: "Sexy lady message? Sexy lady message? Girl? Boy?" China...yeah.