At the Barclays Center yesterday, the Brooklyn Nets co-hosted "A Celebration of Chinese Culture" with the Sino-American Friendship Association (SAFA). It included a press conference involving Nets CEO Brett Yormark and Zhang Qiyue, the Chinese consul general in New York.
That's not just because Chinese-Americans in Brooklyn and Chinese nationals in China might be fans, as the article suggests, but also because Chinese millionaires seeking green cards have been lured to invest in Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park under the misleading suggestion that the investment goes into the Barclays Center.
"The United States and China are working very hard to build a major relationship built on cooperation," declared Zhang. "And basketball games, or any sport, bring our people closer together."
Remember how Yormark said that Atlantic Yards was "very dear to [Frank Gehry's] heart" even after Gehry--we now know--had been dropped from the project?