Author and Illustrator Gene Luen Yang loathed sports growing up, especially those that involved a ball, like basketball. His head seemed to be a magnet to any basketball; he wanted no part of the sport. All that changed when he read Kathleen Yep’s Outside the Paint about 1940s basketball in Chinatown. He connected with the characters of American-Chinese heritage, and soon found himself reading more about basketball. His dislike of the sport transformed … he even wrote his first non-fiction graphic novel about a high school basketball team in Dragon Hoops.