Aloha Everyone,Rui Hachimura is a Japanese professional basketball player for the LA Lakers. At 25 years, 6’8” he could potentially become a force for the Lakers. In his first playoff game, Rui came off the bench and made 29 points including five 3 pointers.
Rui was born in Japan to his Japanese mother and his West African father.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had an injury during his last game and he had to sit on the bench. He is a Greek national with Nigerian root.
Both players have faced personal challenges including poverty and discrimination. Their devotion to the game of basketball, positive attitude and humility allowed them to overcome adversity. This is highly commendable.
Aloha -- Cathi