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December 08, 2005
Flying basketballs...
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When I can't make those first class upgrades, I like to get an exit row seat - for the extra leg room.

Flying back from LA yesterday I found myself sitting in 12C - with 9 other gentlemen, most of them Chinese, and most of them 6' 9" or taller.

I began talking with the guy across the aisle - former Laker Mike McGee who has two NBA ('82, '85) championship rings - he's now an assistant coach with the Beijing (yep, China) Aoshen Olympian ABA basketball team. Seated next to him was former Sonic (and Atlanta Hawk) Fred Vinson - who is a star forward for the team. Most of the rest of the players are Chinese - it literally looked like a bunch of Yao Ming-s all seated on the plane.

Having played a little roundball myself many, many years ago, it was a real treat to sit next to someone who easily reminisced about playing with Magic Johnson a couple of decades ago. Mike - indeed all of these men - were easy going and humble, which proved to be a good thing.

These nearly seven foot tall men from China were not easily comforted in terms of leg room in the exit rows. But it was better than elsewhere for them. The problem was that the flight attendant that subsequently queried those of us sitting in the exit rows quickly decided that these basketball players from China were not fluent enough in English to sit in the exit rows. She went about the plane and found as many of the people travelling with the team as she could that were fluent English speakers and asked them and the players to exchange seats. In a couple of cases, she just recruited folks nearby and asked them and players to switch places - I think there were seven in all that had to move.

Because people were continuing to board the plane, two or three of the Chinese players ended up being moved around three times before they were in a seat that they were going to stay in. I felt sorry for them - talk about chewing on your knees!

For a few moments there as I looked at these looming, giant human beings being moved from place to place, I had the distinct thought: "This looks just like a C...",

OK, I'm not going to say it - but it did.

(The Beijing team was on their way to play the Bellingham Slam last night - who beat the Olympian with a huge 4th quarter handing the Beijing team (6-1) their first loss of the year.)



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