Wanna sit down for Chinese food with Stephen Curry? This is probably the closest most of us are going to get.
The Golden State Warriors wunderkind appears in a new ad spot by the NBA called "Dining Table," in which he, James Harden, and Jeremy Lin gather with a Chinese family (whose? doesn't matter!) to wish viewers a happy Chinese New Year. Jeremy Lin is a logical choice, since he's the first American of Chinese or Taiwanese descent to play in the league. And James Harden appears to be in the spot just to make a very serious face as he stirs a bowl of something.
Chinese New Year goes by the lunar calendar, and this year falls on Feb. 8, an occasion three NBA teams -- the Warriors, the Houston Rockets, and the Washington Wizards -- will mark by wearing jerseys with their team names written in Chinese, according to the NBA.
Perhaps more notably: To help ring in the Year of the Monkey, China’s top broadcast TV channel will air 18 NBA games in the days surrounding the holiday; Tencent, China's largest web/social media platform, will stream 31 games, which apparently amounts to the People's Republic "showcasing all 30 NBA teams for the first time." No word yet on if they'll get an explainer about the Lil B curse, to boot.