Hugh Watanabe | Humans of Magic

Hugh Watanabe is a Japanese-American pro basketball player who plays for the Ryukyu Golden Kings in Japan’s B.League. He is also an Olympian and a member of the Japanese National basketball team.




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0:01:25 from Hawaii to Japan

0:08:37 transition from high school to college ball

0:12:19 fighting through mental setbacks and multiple injuries

0:21:35 a freak accident injury

0:23:56 getting into Magic The Gathering

0:26:38 Limited Magic is like basketball

0:33:10 American vs International basketball – cultural differences 

0:39:09 fun stories from Japan

0:42:42 what Hugh has learned from his teammates

0:49:32 “everyone here is ridiculously good at Magic”

0:53:42 Japanese culture, applied to pro sports and general life

1:01:29 James really enjoys long distance running

1:07:13 Limited is the most skill-intensive Magic format

1:09:32 greatest basketball player of all time? (The GOAT) 

1:17:04 looking forward to the future


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James Hsu

James Hsu is a content creator, author, and entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of two companies: Stream Sage and CardBoard.Live.

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