Mon, May 24, 2004 - Page 19 News List

Japanese dedicate basketball court to legendary US star

AP , TOKYO

NBA great Michael Jordan now has a basketball court named after him in the center of Tokyo.

The former Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards star took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sunday to mark the opening of the "Jordan Court" in Tokyo's Shibuya district.

"I'm happy to be here and to be a part of this," Jordan said. "I hope the kids can enjoy playing on this court and someday will make it to the NBA. I hope they learn how to dunk on this court."

Jordan is in Tokyo as part of an Asian tour to promote his sports apparel brand. He also made stops in Taipei, Hong Kong and Beijing.

In a scene reminiscent of David Beckham's visit to the Japanese capital last summer, Japanese fans crammed city streets and the balconies of nearby buildings to get a glimpse of the legendary player.

A day earlier in Taiwan, Jordan said he is determined to buy his own US basketball team in the not too distant future.

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