In Japan, he is 'The Chosen One.' Can Yuta Watanabe become the country's second-ever NBA player?

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In Japan, he is 'The Chosen One.' Can Yuta Watanabe become the country's second-ever NBA player?
In Japan, he is 'The Chosen One.' Can Yuta Watanabe become the country's second-ever NBA player?

LAS VEGAS — A few hours before Yuta Watanabe's mother and father are set to fly back to Japan, he wades through the crowds in the Bellagio Hotel and Casino and takes a seat inside a restaurant. There's no game today, but he's wearing a Brooklyn Nets black-and-white warmup shirt even though his teammates have been spotted walking around the lobby in hipster clothes. He's saving his appetite for the farewell meal with his parents, but his agency's public-relations director has ordered cheese pizza for the table and, because a lunchtime interview is on the schedule, Watanabe doesn't want to be rude. He nibbles on one slice. “Just being a basketball player,” says Watanabe, 23. “It's not only about

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