Both JR Smith and Wilson Chandler have stated that nethier will be backing out of their CBA contracts should the NBA lock-out resolve itself before the Chinese league finishes in 2012. Chandler, who is effectively the new king of East China following an impressive pre-season tournament where he continually scored big, is easily the most hyped basketball player in the country right now.
Smith, who picked up a double in his last game (thirty points with ten rebounds) and won the previous one with a buzzer beating three, is also enjoying a happy honeymoon with his new fan base, and has begin posting from his Weibo account (in China, facebook and twitter are blocked and in their place are Chinese alturnatives that mimic the aforementioned social network sites)
Fosham’s Gerald Greene continues to garner a lot of love, based largely on his dunking exploits, and it appears that Chinese basketball will automatically go through withdrawl symptoms if Green’s victory at the Slam Dunk contest in 2007 isn’t mentioned once a sentence should his name be uttered.
Kenyon Martin on the other hand is doing less well, despite making good numbers over his pre-season games and has been variously described by bloggers as ‘blue collar’ and ‘needing time to adjust’ so sayeth google translator.
Meanwhile, Dongguan coach, Al Gore (not him) has suggusted that Fosham deliberately tanked to allow them to be able to sign more overseas players due to their low ranking. Gore goes onto argue that whilst the recruiting of big name players is important, there is obviously the danger that Chinese youngsters lose their spots to North American journeymen.
Beijing Ducks point guard and full-time eccentric Stephon Marbury has been taking time off from playing due to fatique but also to observe the tactics of his coach from the sidelines with a view to one day donning a suit and incohieriantly pointing at a clipboard himself.
With the league to start soon, the pick of the emerging youngsters seems to be Jiangsu Dragon’s teenage shooting-guard, Ding Yan Yu-hang, whose been getting far more looks now that attention is firmly set on recently arrived, former Milwaukee Bucks centre, Dan Gadzuric.