In China, you gotta just roll with it sometimes. That’s what we’ve been doing with the Intercontinental Basketball Cup, an international competition in China that featured eight club teams from Korea, Germany, Australia the United States and China. Because everyone we’ve asked doesn’t know much about it other than:
1. We think Tyson Chandler, who was in Shanghai at the Nike Festival of Sport two weekends ago, was originally supposed to play. He ended up not.
2. Paul Pierce and Michael Beasley played on an American Basketball Association team called the Kentucky Bisons. It should be noted that the Bisons have been to China before to play in exhibition games, so its not that random. At least to us.
4. Beasley, while playing in the tour’s last stop in Beijing, apparently fractured his wrist.
5. Alba Berlin from Germany beat the Cairns Taipans from Australia 84-67 in the championship game.
And really, that’s it. Obviously we were intrigued by choco-Truth, but we remain realistic about our chances of ever getting hold of one of those. So instead of searching China’s online sports desert memorabilia forums, we decided to look into Beasley’s reported wrist fracture.
According to what little reporting there is here on the ground in China, Pierce and Beasley suited up for the Bisons in two games, one in Shuangyashan, located in China’s northeastern province of Heilongjiang, and the other in the MasterCard Center (formely Wukeong Arena) in Beijing.
What exactly happened in Shuangyashan is anybody’s guess. 90 minutes away from any big city, Shuangyashan is pretty much in the middle of nowhere and there was probably very little media there. The game wasn’t broadcasted here in Beijing and so far we have yet to unearth any highlights. This report from Sina Sports says that Pierce and Beasley didn’t play because they weren’t feeling good. This blog from the Bisons’ opponent that night, the Cairns Taipans, says they did. Like we said, just roll with it.
In Beijing though, there’s a clearer picture of what went down. The Bisons played Stephon Marbury’s future squad, the Beijing Shougang Ducks. Randolph Morris, who signed on for another year after playing last season with the team, played for the Ducks. The Bisons won 94-83 behind 32 points from Beasley, a tall made all the more impressive once we discovered that he indeed broke his wrist.
Here’s what we found out, courtesy of NetEase.
During the [Intercontinental Basketball Championship's] last game on Monday, Beasley injured his left wrist in what was likely a fracture…
…At first, it seemed as if Beasley wasn’t injured at all. However, NetEase has learned that Beasley has very likely fractured his left wrist. According to on-site reports, Beasley participated in a dunk contest after the game was over. Because the wrist was causing him no pain, he thought he had only a very minor injury and went ahead with the contest, throwing down two dunks. But later that night and in the morning when he woke up, the pain increased and the wrist became increasingly difficult to move. So he went to the hospital to see a doctor. Upon his initial assessment, the doctor judged it a likely fracture.
Unbelievably, that was just the end of Beasley’s China misfortunes. According to the same report, he and Pierce both suffered an asthma attack in Shuangyashan.
While playing in Shuangyashan, Heilongjiang province… Pierce and Beasley both suffered asthma attacks due to large amounts of fans smoking cigarettes inside the stadium. After the game, things got even more shocking when Beasley fell to the floor in his hotel and started to roll around in obvious pain, scaring everyone around half-to-death. At that point, there was no choice but to dial 120 (the number for an ambulance in China) and take him to the hospital.
We’re not really sure what to make of the asthma and Beasley’s hospital visit, although it could very much be true as the Taipan’s blog mentions the smoke-clouded stadium they played in. But as hoopCHINA is generally very reliable about things, we trust their word about Beasley’s injured wrist.
We would give you our own thoughts on it, problem is we’re in no position to do that. Although the game against the Ducks was televised on Sunday night on Beijing Sports TV, we weren’t able to catch it. And since DVR hasn’t made into the NiuBBall crib yet (we’re told by our landlord its coming soon), we haven’t been able to watch in the days after. Unfortunately, the game hasn’t been put up online yet, so right now there’s no way to catch the whole thing. But you can check out the highlights below, which in our opinion are worth watching to see Pierce go head first into a courtside advertisement, Beasley’s angry reaction to a foul committed by Beijing’s Chinese forward, Ji Zhe, and Sun Mingming.