China's Hot Shot

Although Wang Zhizhi is a very big man, the hopes of 1.3 billion Chinese strain even the mightiest of shoulders. But fueled by dinners of Texas beef, the 2.16-m Atlas has coolly shrugged off this monumental national burden. Last week, in his first game in the biggest of the big leagues, the National Basketball Association, the soft-spoken Wang wowed a capacity crowd by nailing two shots and a pair of free throws for his new team—the Dallas Mavericks. By the time the play-off-bound Mavs had triumphed over the Atlanta Hawks by 108-94, Asia's first NBA player had scored a respectable six...

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