At the Toyota Center in Houston, Texax, basketball history was made on the same scale as when Russian Alexander Belov hit the game winner as time expired in the 1972 Olympics Games, causing the Americans their first Olympic defeat ever in men's basketball internationally.
From there the U.S. spurted ahead again talent wise putting the distance between themselves and the rest of the world, ultimately leading to Dream Team's I and II.
Fast forward to Friday's game between the Milwaukee Bucks (2-3) and the Houston Rockets (5-1), where two Chinese players started for their respective teams facing each other for the first time ever in the history of the NBA.
Once again the world has caught up, and have they ever.
Houston's Yao Ming is the best center in the game today. Going up against who many think is a top ten center himself, Milwaukee’s third year player Andrew Bogut, Yao made Bogut look average, something he has done to everyone he has faced this season.
Using an array of turn around fade away jumpers or turn around step back jumpers, Yao would always answer the bell when the Bucks would make a run. He also shot 14-14 from the free throw line.
Tracy McGrady (21 points) and Bonzi Wells (18 points) helped put the game away leading to its final score 104-88.
Milwaukee's starting rookie power forward Yi Jianlian shot 7/12 from the field scoring a career high 19 points in 34 minutes of play, and grabbing 9 rebounds. His outside shooting continues to be a key part of Milwaukee's offense, and his comfort level seems to improve with every game.
Although Yi has shown very good offensive ability that is maybe fourth on the list of things he does well. Yi can play outstanding perimeter defense, he can run the floor effortlessly, he can rebound, shoot, pass, play unselfish, block shots in addition to being a great shooter, and he learns so fast.
He seems to have 30 games of experience after only five games because he picks things up so quickly. Yi Jianlian has the potential to be something special.
Then again, the NBA can be a humbling league as next up on Yi's indoctrination into the NBA is Tim Duncan and the world champion San Antonio Spurs.
So for both teams this was just one game in 82, to the rest of the world, it shows basketball is once again a universal language, one in which we can all understand.