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In America, the in-your-face dunk is the most beloved of basketball conventions. But for one seven-foot-four teenage giant, learning to slam the ball through the hoop meant defying everything his Chinese coaches had taught him—and getting his first taste of freedom on the court.
China’s most famous athletic export arrived in the U.S. as a seven-foot-four-inch seventeen-year-old who excelled at every move except America’s most glorified one. Given his upbringing, getting him to stuff the ball in the hoop in rim-rattling fashion was no slam dunk.