For import updates, see my post #23
Here's the coaching changes since last season
Xinjiang: Jiang Xingquan replaced by Bob Donewald (Shanghai)
Zhejiang Lions: Wang Fei replaced by Jim Cleamons
Shandong: Bob Weiss replaced by Gong Xiaobin
Tianjin: Bob Mackinnon replaced by Zhang Jian (or Rony Fahed )
Shanghai: Bob Donewald replaced by Dan Panaggio
Fujian: Ma Lianbao replaced by Joey Stiebing
aim low, score high
^^ is Joey Stiebng the one who coached Qatar in their "productive years"
After failing to sign with Haddadi, Foshan Long Lions sign with American import of Pilipinas Marcus Douthit to replace him
After a week in China... (CBA is still 2 months away)Rumors are saying the real reason is he can't stand Chinese food. (*** skip the following because it's a rant ***: why do Chinese people always show their hospitality by ordering exotic food for foreign guests! Pork ears, pigeons, sturgeon fish, snakes....It should have been simple!!! )Former Orlando Magic forward Earl Clark will be released from his contract with a Chinese Basketball Association team and will be free to sign with an NBA team as an unrestricted free agent whenever the lockout ends, Clark's agent said.
Happy Walters, who represents Clark, said the 6-foot-10 forward has returned to the United States because Clark's girlfriend is seven weeks away from giving birth to a baby boy and is having some complications.
"He wanted to be there and was not comfortable being in China with problems happening," Walters told the Orlando Sentinel via e-mail. "He is bummed, but family comes first.
"The team in China has been very supportive and understanding and they will release him from his contract," Walters added.
But IMO the REAL reason is there is a much bigger fish in sight for the Zhejiang Lions. Remember Earl Clark was the first NBA free agent to sign in China. Back then most people (meaning NBA players) still thought the lockout would have been resolved by September. Also that the kinds like JR Smith or Kenyon Martin would not be willing to play in the CBA for a smaller salary, with no opt-out clause. Obviously things have changed. Zhejiang Lions has a big budget so why settle on guys like Earl Clark if you can get ______? (fill in blank) Not to mention neither Clark nor Wilson Chandler (the other import) is a big man who can post up which is essential in the CBA (Clark despite 6'10'' is more of a SF).
I personally would like to see Nene going to China. The Nuggets would feature an All-D-league lineup once the lockout is over.
Last edited by sinobball; 09-28-2011 at 06:56 PM.
aim low, score high