Among his other eccentricities, Meng Da occasionally cooks in a cow suit.
When one talks about the most unique ballers in the CBA, Jiangsu’s Meng Da has to be at the top of the list. From his ever-changing hairstyles and goofy self-portraits (the second one was taken in a women’s bathroom), to his over-the-top flopping theatrics and affinity for wearing cow suits, the 6-5 guard/forward certainly has no shortage of ge xing or personality.
And entering the prime of his career, we should have plenty of more years to enjoy all of his antics. The 29 year-old arguably had the best individual season of his career, averaging 13.5 points per game and 42.2% from the three-point line. Slow and relatively unathletic, Meng Da gets his by bumbling around the court at an unorthodox, off-beat sleepy rhythm that leaves defenders feeling awkward and off-balance. It’s also worth mentioning that beyond falling to floor like he’s been sniped in the head from time to time, he plays absolutely no defense.
Among the other things Meng Da is famous for is sending an opposing player to the hospital during a pre-season exhibition game against SBL power, Taiwan Beer, which was played in Taiwan. Originally promoted as a game to promote goodwill between Taiwan and China, Meng Da threw a forearm into the face of a Beer player, causing him to open up and eventually be driven to the hospital. Meng was later fined 5,000 RMB.
The last couple of weeks, however, Meng Da has been generating plenty of talk — not for his flopping, elbows or choice in cooking wardrobe — but for his decision to possibly retire from basketball to become a police officer.
According to the article that appeared in the Dongnan Express on March 6th, Meng Da has been preparing to take the Jiangsu provincial civil service exam with the intention of entering. He’s quoted as saying “If I can pass the test, I’ll definitely obey the front office’s plans. If I can, I’d like to play for another year or two before starting my new career. Obviously, I’ll obey whatever plans they have.” But the author of the article says that his basketball career “is probably over.”
Meng Da goes on to say that he got good grades in high school and that he could have made a fine career for himself if he decided to go on to study in college. And as it turns out, even during his basketball career he’s been hitting the books. Among some of the other surprises buried in the report is that Meng Da has been working towards his masters degree and will complete graduate school this year.
So that’s where we were as the Jiangsu provincial civil service test rolled around last weekend. But when it was time to sharpen those No. 2 pencils and sit down to take the exam, Meng Da never showed up. And according to the Dongfang Guardian, he’s back on the Jiangsu Dragons saddle where he is committed to resuming his career as a player.
Which makes us wonder: Did he have a change of heart? Or was he simply obeying the wishes of the team like he said he would? Whatever the case, we just hope there’s more cow suits to come.