One summer during his high school basketball career, Vasef Sajid put up 28 points in an Amateur Athletic Union game against a team led by future pro Shane Battier. Sajid was an undersized point guard who did not lack confidence, and, he said, during his senior season at South Gwinnett High School in Snellville, Ga. But it was what happened in the wake of that AAU game that still stands out to Sajid, more than 20 years later, as the starkest example of the prejudice he faced as the son of Pakistani immigrants in a sport that tends to ignore ethnicities beyond black and white. After that game, Sajid and his teammates were approached by a major-college basketball coach who had won a national championship. The coach shook hands with everyone on the team except Sajid. He found it strange, but he thought, maybe the coach had just missed him.
Slurs and stereotypes: why US pro sports leagues lack Asian American stars
Why Aren't There Asian Athletes in American Sports?
That day, Lin hoisted up a three-pointer with time winding down against the Toronto Raptors. Yes, that game. The shot went in and, as Lin celebrated wildly with his teammates, I was enthralled. And perhaps this time for more than two weeks? Historically speaking, there have been so few Asian Americans within the Big Four that often their mere presence is news.
Examining Asian-Australian participation in hoops
LC Years ago. Whichever way you splice it, Australia has become a thriving nation of differing cultures, with a significant chunk of that population having Asian ancestry. How does such a wonderfully multicultural society — ranked in the top 40 for migrant percentage — produce no elite basketball players of Asian-Australian ancestry in a sport, which by all accounts, is popular within most Asian cultures? Topic Report this topic. I'd say it's a height and size thing.
Murals coat the walls along the stretch of track running from Lidcombe to Auburn. In many ways, the district is the gatekeeper into contemporary western Sydney, an epicentre of thriving multiculturalism and nascent urbanisation. Nestled within this backdrop looms the Auburn PCYC, a place that usually houses a vibrant, playful atmosphere, and a steady thumping of basketballs on the court. Instead, the kids sit along the near sideline, busy scrawling away in journals their thoughts and feelings. Once you have a dream, you can work at it.