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Andrew Yang talks hoops, says he and ‘badass’ Joe Tsai are ‘friendly’

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Now, we know why presidential candidate Andrew Yang is a fan of the Nets. It was all about Jeremy Lin and the way his —and Yang’s former— team, the Knicks, “dumped” him after LinSanity. Yang in fact uses strong and unprintable language to describe his breaking point with Dolan’s Knicks. Not long after, he switched loyalties.

And we also know one reason why the maverick candidate has a growing connection to the Nets. It too is personal. Yang says he’s “friendly” with Joe Tsai. Yang was interviewed on the “Off the Pill” podcast with Ryan Higa, who’s better known for his comedy videos.

Yang, who’s Taiwanese-American, describes Tsai as a “Taiwanese-Canadian badass,” not further described. Born in Taiwan, Tsai holds dual citizenship in Taiwan and Canada and thus can’t vote or contribute to Yang.

Yang also told Higa that he believes Tsai is the first Asian owner in the NBA and advised any fan “without an NBA allegiance” to consider becoming a fan of the Nets. (The other candidate for first Asian owner is Vivek Ranadive of the Kings. He is an American citizen of Indian heritage.)

Yang noted that because of Tsai’s education— five years at Lawrenceville School and eight at Yale University, “Essentially in my mind he’s pretty much an American.”

Yang also had some advice for his new favorite team: Sign Carmelo Anthony.

Meanwhile. Tsai’s in China. He posted a video of him practicing with some locals at the Chinese National Team’s training center. Sean Marks is also in China.

Tsai is expected to be approved as the Nets “governor” later this week by the league.