by Craig Kwasniewski
The starting center on the Portland Trailblazers, that's who.
He stands at 7'3", he weighs 305 lbs., he's Korean and... and... did I mention that's he's 7'3"? Ha Seung-Jin is proving to the world that white stiff doesn't just apply to worthless slugs like Darko and Pat Burke.
(BTW - I googled Ha Seung-Jin and the only pics that I found were ones with people dunking on him or Ha signing his contract. Evidently, he's way too fast for the NBA photographers to catch him in action.)
With Przybilla out for a few games, the Blazers are forced to start Ha in the pivot. This works really well as it forces their best player Zach Randolph out on the perimeter. By the way, Randolph gets most of his points down low, great coaching Portland!
Anyway, since Houston redirected their entire look and publicity department around Yao (Red uniforms, Chinese ads at the Toyota Center, playing games in China), why can't Portland do the same? Couldn't they call the paint the demilitarized zone? Can't they rename the Blazerdancers the Seoul Sisters? Why not serve Kimchee at the games? New team colors should be the same as the S. Korean flag.
Work with me Blazers! The NBA is full of bullshit marketing ploys and you guys are missing out on a golden opportunity!
Till then, enjoy the Ha Seung-Jin era, Portland!