American basketball coach turns down Duke for Japan

"Japan's been very, very good to me"

Latitude News staff By Latitude News staff

Antonio Lang (far right) and two teammates try to guard Michael Jordan in 1997. We’re guessing they failed. Lang would go on to play professionally in Japan and the Philippines. (Reuters)

Latitude News brings you an intriguing take on U.S. news. Here’s our round-up of American stories, as told by the foreign press.


  • Antonio Lang won two NCAA basketball tournaments as a player at Duke on that famous team with Grant Hill and Christian Laettner. Lang then spent six years in the pros before injuries derailed his career. So when legendary Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski offered him a spot as his assistant, you’d think the 6’8″ Lang would seize the opportunity like a loose ball in the paint. But the former power forward was happy exactly where he was: coaching the Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins in Japan’s professional basketball league. “Japan’s been good to me,” he tells The Japan Times. “I love this country and want to be here as long as I am possibly going to be. I have no ambitions to go anywhere else.”


  • The Jerusalem Post reports that American Jews are in an uproar over a letter from U.S. churches to Congress. The letter — signed by the Lutheran and Methodist churches, as well as the United Church of Christ and the National Council of Churches — calls upon the U.S. to reconsider its “unconditional” financial support for Israel. “Continued US military assistance to Israel,” reads the letter, “will only serve to sustain the status quo and Israel’s military occupation of the Palestinian territories.” Jewish groups are not pleased; the Rabbinical Assembly faults the Christians for not reaching out to Jewish groups before sending the letter, calling it a “declaration of separation from . . . interfaith consultation on matters of deep concern to the Jewish community.”


  • The South Korean television station SBS recently broadcasted an one-hour documentary about Korean-American twin sisters living on the streets of Washington D.C. According to a report in KoreAm, Mi-kyung and Mi-young were six years old when an American couple adopted them from a South Korean orphanage in 1987 and brought them to the U.S. In an interview, the twins, now 32, say their adoptive parents abused them so badly that they ended up homeless on the streets of D.C., surviving off hand-outs from local Korean-American businessmen. Mi-kyung and Mi-young worked hard to reunite with their family in Korea but seem to give up their quest after their birth father, having heard of their plight, wrote them a letter in which he admitted abandoning them as infants 26 years before.