Tuesday, June 9, 2009

International Trip Unsuccessful; Will Try Again

We all know that basketball has become an international phenomenon. Dirk Nowitzki. Pau Gasol. Yao Ming. Vlade "Dade-He Like to Party-He Dont Hurt Nobody" Divac. Steve Nash. Just to name a few.

With Seton Hall's own international star already come and gone - Nigeria's great Augustin Okosun - I took it upon myself to travel the world and find the next great rising international star, a la Kevin Bacon in "The Air Up There."

With the secret already out in China, South America, and much of Eastern Europe, I thought I would go where no basketball scout has gone before...Bangkok, Thailand. For the last two weeks, Setonia's own version of Head Coach Bobby Gonzalez and I travelled the depths of Thailand in search of the next (or first) great Thai basketball star.

What we found instead were Buddhist temples, pad thai food carts, elephants, and a plethora of massage parlors. However, there is no shame in trying and we left with our heads held high. Next stop: Papa New Guinea.