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Chinese Kids Stalk Dream Teamers

Press Conference Room 1 was packed fuller than a tin of spicy mud carp with lobster sauce this afternoon, as Dream Team Redeem held its main press gathering for a massive crowd. Coach K said a few words, praising the "great country" of China more than once and saying "we love the fact that the Olympics is in China."

Then the players dispersed to individual stages around the room, and madness ensued. Half the crowd consisted of journalists attempting to interview pro basketball players. The other half consisted of volunteers attempting to take and/or pose for pictures with pro basketball players. Dozens--if not hundreds--roamed the room seeking autographs, with sharpies and everything.

"They told us we can't do that," Dwight Howard said, as one autograph seeker interrupted his interview.

"This is for media, not autographs," said Deron Williams, who told Greg Couch of the Chicago Sun-Times that autograph hounds have already tried to jam pens into his fist when he wasn't paying attention.

"We're used to it," said Carmelo Anthony, who slouched in his chair answering questions and signing autographs as one volunteer after another boldly sat next to him or appeared over his shoulder to take a photo. (Anthony also said he expects a worldwide audience of 3 billion for his team's game against China this weekend.)

The players said a similar scene explodes whenever they eat in public, with over-the-shoulder stalker pictures being snapped throughout their meals. After an hour or so, they left the room, and the volunteers gathered in clumps in the hallway to show off their stalker photos to each other. They had a lot. So did I. These are only some of my favorites; there were many, many, many more.

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 8, 2008; 12:41 AM ET
Categories:  NBA , Olympics  
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I... I can't feel my face...

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | August 8, 2008 1:46 AM | Report abuse

Which one is Michael Lee?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 8, 2008 4:42 AM | Report abuse

The younger of the Irrelevants is now fumbling with China Airlines trying to get there in time to smack some kids silly for stealing his shtick.

Posted by: James | August 8, 2008 5:17 AM | Report abuse

It's a good thing they all want peace.

Posted by: | August 8, 2008 7:08 AM | Report abuse

How much does Carmelo weigh? Wow, he looks fat in the face. Has he been working out with Barkley?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 8, 2008 8:03 AM | Report abuse

Wow, the Chinese bootleg everything, including the Mottrams.

This is like Be Kind Rewind, but worse.

Posted by: JDP | August 8, 2008 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Needs more Gilbert.

Posted by: Unsilent Majority | August 8, 2008 8:23 AM | Report abuse

What is this, amateur stalking hour?

Posted by: Chris Mottram | August 8, 2008 8:40 AM | Report abuse

I guess the peace sign is just now getting to China.

Posted by: Phil Mckenney | August 8, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

I like Melo's wry smile as Chinese kids gesticulate wildly in photos marginally featuring him.

Posted by: Lindemann | August 8, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: Jason | August 8, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

They all look same :)

What's up with the two fingers ? I never got why they do that. I guess it is better than 1 middle finger.

Posted by: thesportsaffiliate | August 8, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse


oh but by the way, it's white people who all look the same. not them.

Posted by: giles | August 8, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

actually, they're not throwing up the peace sign, the V stands for victory. you ignorants American bastards

Posted by: rich | August 8, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Ummmmm.... I don't think you can call them a "Dream Team" if they haven't placed first in a major international competition since 2000.

Posted by: Grover | August 8, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Nice work. Someone should hold their V the other way and really stick it to the Americans :)

Posted by: | August 9, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

That happens to non-famous visitors to China, too. If you're a foreigner, you end up in a lot of photos with a lot of kids putting up a lot of v-for-victory signs - especially if you're out in the sticks.

Posted by: carl | August 9, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Actually rich, you wouldn't say "Ignorants American Bastards." You need to leave the first "s" out smart guy. If you're going to insult someone make sure you can at least speak their language. Otherwise, you end up looking "ignorants."

Posted by: Ignorants is Bliss | August 10, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

lmao, rotg

Posted by: justice | August 13, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

LOL. 'Melo looks like he is purposely trying to look away in these pics.

Posted by: Big V | August 13, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

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