Starting your day right with China’s favorite street breakfast and a bunch of links…
- Bob Donewald selected the 12-man roster for the Asian Games last Wednesday. Or did he? According to coach, the list that was released the media wasn’t his final roster and “everyone still has a chance” to make the team.
- 16 year-old Guo Ailun, who has pretty much played every level of international and domestic basketball possible, could be adding yet another competition to his list: The Chinese Basketball Association regular season. The Liaoning Panpan Hunters, Guo’s club team, are raising Guo’s participation in this past summer’s World Championship in Turkey to challenge a league rule that prohibits players under the age of 18 from playing at China’s top professional level. All 19 teams will vote later this month on whether to change the rule. Ricky Rubio has been playing professionally in Spain since about age 12, right? Let the kid play, I say. Of course, this is all moot if you refuse to believe that Guo is actually 16 years old…
- Speaking of age, happy late birthday to Yi Jianlian. Officially he’s 23… unofficially, he’s 26. I don’t envy the person who had to decide how many candles to put in his cake. Also of Yi note: Bullets Forever posted a “community projection” on how A Lian will do this year. I know lots of people have been gulping Yi flavored Kool-Aid ever since he slapped up big digits in the World Championships, but I’m extremely hesitant to mark him down for a breakout campaign, mostly because I think he’s a decidedly sub-par NBA player. Good coaching, John Wall and a general lack of Wizards frontcourt depth should help him find a niche in D.C., yet I can’t see anything beyond very slight improvements on his career averages this year.
- After sixth months and a whopping 72 million visitors, the Shanghai Expo, which started May 1st, is officially over. Western coverage over the last half-year was relatively sparse — writing about hordes of Chinese waiting six hours in line to enter the Saudi pavilion doesn’t have much appeal, admittedly — but as this excellent post from Shanghai Scrap points out, the Expo and its wasn’t for you or me — it was for the millions of Chinese who have never been outside the country. (H/T Danwei)
- Import news: Tianjin signed Côte d’Ivoire national teamer Herve Lamizana to a deal on Friday and Shandong snapped up Myron Allen.
- I had to give this one its own bullet for obvious reasons: Javaris Crittenton has signed a deal to play with the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions, according to Asia Basket China and several Chinese sources. Zhejiang had been after an NBA guard for a while, approaching both Von Wafer and Rafer Alston in the past month, but with Wafer making the Celtics’ final roster and Alston ultimately refusing Chinese basketball outright, the team was forced to explore other options. Crittenton was cut in October by the Charlotte Bobcats. He will not be required to train with the team for the entire pre-season and will fly into Hangzhou later in November when the regular season is closer.
- Erick Dampier signs a one-year deal in Houston to serve as added Yao insurance. He’s tall, he’s big, he rebounds and he sets solid screens. There’s got to be a really good reason why Miami thought they’d be better off without all of that.