By Alan Paul

China Daily is holding a contest to select several expat Olympics torch bearers. They will be chosen by open voting – sort of unique for China in that regards. I entered as a bit of a lark and now come to you with hat in hand, humbly asking for your support..

You can check it out here.

Thanks.

If I were to win, I would be holding the torch high and proud representing SLAM, the hoops world and all of my favorite players ever, including:

Bob Mcadoo, Spencer Haywood, World b. Free, Darryl Dawkins, Dr. J, Booby Jones, Caldwell Jones, Jim Chones, Jamaal Wilkes, James Worthy, Michael Jordan, Ralph Sampson, Ralph Simpson, Terry Furlow, Terry Mills, John Long, Antoine Joubert, Gary Gant, Grant Hill, Joe D, Isiah, Rick Mahorn, Vinnie Johnson, Magic Johnson, Greg Kelser, Larry Bird, Birdman, Derrick Coleman, Kenny Anderson, Drazen Petrovic, Buck Williams, Sly Williams, Gus Williams, Freddie Brown, Jack Sikma, James Silas, Paul Silas, Connie Hawkins, Jumpin Jackie, Helicopter, Goat, Pee Wee, Iceman, Tiny Archibald, Charlie Scott, Dave Bing, Dave DeBuscherre, Willis Reed, Clyde Frazier, Satch Sanders, Bill Russell, Big Dipper, Chet Walker, Jimmy Walker, Jalen Rose, Jimmy King, Ray Jackson, Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Eric Riley, Pt riley, Patrick Ewing, John Starks, Derek Harper, Ro Blackman, Mark Aguirre, Terry Cummings, Brad Davis, Roy Tarpley, Rick Barry, Sam Perkins, Mitch Richmond, Tim Hardaway, Chris Mullin, Austin Carr, Adrian Dantley, Bernrd King, Walter Davis, Moses Malone, Elvin Hayes, dominqiue, John HavlicekBNig O, Elgin Baylor, Jerry West, Alex English, Kiki Vandeweghe, Tom Chambers, Big Bob Lanier, Alvin Robertson, Sidney Moncrief, Dolph Schayes, Danny Schayes, Cal Murphy, Hakeem, Earl the Pearl, Kevin Willis, Pistol Pete, Terry Porter, Clyde the Glide, Dick Barnett, Shawn Kemp, Robert Parish, Robert Pettit, Dennis rodman, Jerry Lucas, Red Kerr, George Mikan, Michael Cage, Keith Smart, Larry Nance, Truck Robinson, Mychal Thompson, Sam Clancy, Clyde Vaughn, Sammy Ellis, Billy Knight, Terry Knight, Larry Harris, Petey Strickland, Wayne Williams, Jerome Lane, Mel Bennet, Ed Scheurmann, Curtis Aiken, Pearl Washington, God Shammgod, Billy Cunningham, John Stockton, Kevin Johnson, Norm Nixon, Muggsy Bogues, Spud Webb, John Lucas, Sleepy Floyd, Scott Skiles, Mark Jackson, Rod Strickland, Larry Johnson, Darrell Griffith, David Thompson, Scooter McCray, Larry McCray, Phi slamma Jamma, Ernie d., Chink Gaines, Holcombe Rucker, Bob McCullough, Ron Harper, Keith Lee…

And, of course, you.