08-15-2007 11:12

There seems to have been a long list of stars from the NBA coming to China in the last few months, no doubt motivated in some part by the potentially huge market here. Most recently, it was the turn of Miami Heat centre and living legend Shaquille O'Neal, and I got the chance to watch the man himself pass on some tips to some possible Chinese stars of the future.

This was first and foremost a marketing blitz driven by one of the biggest names in the NBA today. But that obviously didn't take away one iota of the excitement that was plain to see on the faces of the fans and the players.