NBA Finals 2017 + K-Pop = Ex-2PM leader Jay Park

The Cleveland Cavaliers broke the three-game winning streak of the Golden State Warriors during the Game 4 of the NBA Finals 2017 at Quicken Loans Arena on June 10, 2017. On the same day, NBA took to Facebook to share a photo of K-pop star Jay Park, 30, wearing a Cavaliers shirt.

Some NBA fans who do not know Park wondered who he was. Others even went on writing racist comments, which prompted to defend the Asian-American musician.

Park’s career as a musician started when JYP Entertainment formed the K-Pop boy band 2PM in 2008 and appointed him as the leader of the group. In 2009, the South Korean media publicized comments he wrote about his home country as a teenager in 2005 and the controversy forced him to return to Seattle, where he was born and raised.

Park went on to become the founder and CEO of the South Korean independent record label AOMG, which specializes in hip hop. He also made several appearances in TV shows including “Running Man,” “SNL Korea” and “Show Me the Money.”

Also, Park appeared in “America’s Next Top Model” Cycle 21 episode 13. In the episode, which aired on The CW on November 14, 2014, he was featured as a special guest along with Sun Jung Lee, BtoB, Jinny Kim, James Ju Jyun Lee, Ben Baller, The Studio K and Mag & Logan in the reality modelling competition show created by Tyra Banks.

Meanwhile, the Warriors won over the Cavaliers during the Game 5 of the NBA Finals 2017 at Oracle Arena, Oakland, on June 12, 2020. Kevin Durant of the Warriors was declared the MVP.

(photo from Facebook/NBA)

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