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- Kenyon Martin is in Urumqi with the Xinjiang Guanghui Flying Tigers and he’s talking to Yahoo!’s Marc Spears about his decision to come to China, his old NBA squad, the Denver Nuggets, and his future in the NBA. Definitely worth the read, but just know that unless the CBA has suddenly decided to extend the season by two months (and given the league’s propensity to do stuff at the last minute, that wouldn’t surprise us) the playoffs end in March, not May.
- K-Mart’s not the only China Nugget to be talking, though. HoopsHype did an interview with Wilson Chandler, who will play this season with the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions.
- Earl Clark, who was supposed to be Chandler’s teammate in Hangzhou, is officially back in the United States. Once the lockout ends, he’ll be an unrestricted free-agent.
- This would be a hell of a Hall of Fame speech.
- Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jim Yardley has written a very informative and detailed breakdown of the Bayi Rockets, aka the team that brawled against the Georgetown Hoyas back in August, on Grantland. Yardley, who was based in Beijing for the New York Times a few years before moving to India, is coming out with a book called “Brave Dragons,” which chronicles the Chinese Basketball Association’s Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons’ season in 2008-09. To say that we’re excited would be an understatement.
- Recent NiuBBall interviewee Bob Mackinnon Jr., who coached last season in Tianjin, answers some questions about his new gig with the Springfield Armor with D-League.com.
- Guan Weijia, a Chinese writer for the China-based Titan Sports, is writing in English for former AP and ESPN basketball writer Chris Sherdian’s new website, SheridanHoops.com. We think that’s great — the more informed and accurate information/analysis the Western English-speaking world can get about Chinese hoops, the better. Guan’s must-read column will appear on the site every Wednesday. We’re looking forward to next Wednesday already.
- And we’re not the only ones who think that, either. Truth About It’s Kyle Weide wrote a solid piece about Yi Jianlian and failed expectations in reaction to Guan’s piece on Yi written two weeks ago. Is Yi still worthy of the NBA? Our two cents: Yes, simply because teams will be willing to sign him to a deal in the hopes of penetrating the all important China market. Even if NBA ratings across China are down, there’s still a lot of Yi interest in his home province of Guangdong, population 100 million. And although he’s never really proven himself yet, with that body and athleticism, I’m sure there’s some GM’s who’d be willing to take a cheap flyer on him in the hopes that he can blossom into a solid role player.
- AmericaPacers, we’re eagerly awaiting your reply.