China, 1971. the Communist Cultural Revolution is in full swing. San Francisco, 1989. The city by the bay is on the brink of a cultural revolution of its own. The name of the game is basketball. Beijing University’s coach Wen Chang is the quiet, efficient Tim Duncan-esque party supporter, and Manford is a young, sparky kid from SF’s Chinatown, vertically challenged, yet graced with undeniable baller skill. as the story leaps back and forth in time..