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Half Korean Basketball Player Moon Tae-Jong Representing Korea

Posted on 26 September 2011 by Justin Ahn

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Moon Tae-jong, better known as Jarod Stevenson in the States, recently participated in the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship games representing South Korea after having received dual citizenship (South Korea, U.S.) a few months ago. This year, Korea placed third behind China and Jordan with an overall record of 7-2. The small forward is also a member of the Korean Basketball League’s ET Land Elephants.

Although some question his sincerity in joining the team, Moon said that he’s proud to play for Korea: “I will try my best to represent Korea and help us get to the Olympics. It’s an honor to play for my mother’s country, and the place of my birth.” Garnering praise from many, including Hur Jae, coach of the Korean National Team, Moon may play a large role in Korea’s pursuit of a spot in the Olympics.

Check out some highlights from the bronze medal game against Philippines (Moon makes a nice three-pointer around 1:04)!

[Photo: Liu Jin/AFP]

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Milton Lee is New Jersey Nets’ Newest General Manager

Posted on 01 September 2011 by Deborah J. Yoon

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Milton Lee, a man who has an utmost passion for basketball, was recently named the new General Manager for Minor League Operations for the New Jersey Nets. Lee is not only the first Korean to take on this position, but his experience as the team’s director of basketball operations prior to becoming a general manager also makes him perfect for the role. In a recent press release, General Manager Billy King said that he is confident that Lee will do a great job: “He has a strong history with young players and his experience with the Nets basketball operations department will allow for a seamless integration of philosophies between the two teams.”

Even before Lee started working with the Nets, he had his own basketball services company where he successfully worked with many NBA teams and players. He was a skills coach to many of these athletes and was even an assistant coach for the Clippers in 2008 and 2009.

As General Manager, Lee will take on several tasks, including overseeing the operations of the Nets’ D League affiliate the Springfield Armor, choosing the head coach and staff, and organizing the list of players for the season. Milton Lee has a lot of work cut out for him, but no one is doubting his potential to be excellent.

[Photo: NorthJersey]

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Ken Jeong is Fast Don’t Lie for Adidas

Posted on 07 November 2010 by Korean Beacon

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Ken Jeong keeps banking on his funny man fame.  He scored big with Adidas and their new fall promotion of basketball sneakers.  He’s in a string of commercials as Slim Chin, the beast from the far east, hanging with basketball stars Derrick Rose and Dwight Howard.  It’s actually funny.

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Leaving College Early To Become a Pro Basketball Player

Posted on 05 January 2010 by Korean Beacon

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University of Maryland basketball player Choi Jin-Soo is doing what many college basketball players have done previously and that is leave school to go professional.  Choi Jin-Soo is entering the NBA…. uh, no.  Correction: He’s leaving an NCAA Division 1 basketball program from one of the elite conferences (ACC) to play in the ultra-competitive professional league of the Korean Basketball League (KBL).  That’s just a notch above the Korean church summer leagues that do fund raisers.  He cited the difficulties of studying and playing basketball.  I don’t know what his major was but he could’ve chosen what many solid student-athletes excel in and that’s the ever popular “communications” major.

“It is really hard to do both ― play basketball and study,” Choi told Korean basketball magazine Jump Ball.
“Studying causes me a lot of stress. I only want to play basketball, I don’t want to have to think about studying,” added Choi.

Good luck Choi Jin-Soo.  You’ll be missed at Maryland.  You could have been the second Korean person to play in the NBA.

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I got drafted into the Korean Basketball League

Posted on 04 February 2009 by Korean Beacon

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Not really, but Korean American Tony Atkins got drafted into the KBL.  Atkins played at Georgia Tech, an ACC powerhouse.

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