D Rose Tour Invades Sendai, Japan and Beijing, China.
D Rose proves he's a man of the people displaying his table tennis skills in China.
HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: The NBA loving world is clearly ready for the return of Derrick Rose and Asia is no different.
Anyone that doubts the impact of the NBA overseas need only follow the overwhelming support Derrick Rose has encountered in his tour throughout Asia. Derrick tipped off his adidas D Rose Tour in Asia with stops in Japan and Beijing, China. In Japan, Rose gave a basketball skills clinic to over 100 fans in Sendai. The following day, he participated in a basketball event at Roppongi Hills Oyane Plaza where over 8,000 fans watched Rose play against a series of 100 Japanese defenders including fans, Japanese professional basketball players and sumo wrestlers.
Did I just say sumo wrestlers. Oh, yes I did. I don't know about you, but I'm not posting up a sumo wrestler. That sounds like one defender you better try to take on the perimeter.
Rose then visited Beijing, China where hundreds of fans gathered at the adidas Store to watch 50 lucky fans participate in “Jump with D Rose,” where they had the opportunity to win a pair of D Rose 773 II shoes by jumping to retrieve them off a high shelf. On his second day in Beijing, Rose participated in basketball contests and table tennis matches with media and fans. Yes, D Rose is a man of the people and table tennis is about as popular in China as American Flags are in America. It's always great to see NBA players make an attempt to not simply sell their products to other cultures, but to actually engage it what makes the diversity of NBA fans great.
The tour continues through September 16 with additional stops throughout China, Hong Kong and Manila. The tour will culminate with an event in Chicago, where Derrick will connect with fans in his hometown before beginning the NBA season.
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