“The fifth Italian in the NBA is going to be Alessandro Gentile. He will move to the Rockets this summer” said Hackett. Alessandro Gentile signed a contract extension with EA7 last summer and he was supposed to remain in Europe for two more years before moving overseas. But his plans seem different now and he is ready to join the Rockets in 2015.
Los Angeles Lakers co-owner Jeanie Buss met with Hall of Famer and former Lakers point guard Magic Johnson on Tuesday night, sources with knowledge of the meeting told ESPN. The exact nature of the meeting was not immediately clear, but sources said Buss has been soliciting opinions on the direction the franchise should take moving forward, after three straight losing seasons and possibly a fourth, with the Lakers already having lost 31 games this season.
However, Marbury still stands as one of a kind despite being nearly 40 years old. Many Chinese fans say that there are two kinds of foreign players: Marbury and everyone else. That might sound extreme, but it gets at a greater truth: There likely won’t be another Marbury in China anytime soon. “He’s a hard worker, which I think is the most important thing,” said Beyer, who doesn’t represent Marbury but has worked with him in the past. “He is also an extreme competitor. You don’t really see that type of tenacity and anger [among other foreign players in China]. He puts all of his skills and physical dedication into the game.”
Every summer, Chinese team officials travel to the United States and Europe on aggressive scouting trips. But with the exploding salary cap in the NBA, many Chinese teams say it is becoming more difficult to find quality players at a price they can afford. Du Feng, head coach of the CBA’s Guangdong Southern Tigers, has noticed a drop in overall quality. “Many players who have proven themselves probably didn’t show up [in the CBA],” he said. “Maybe it’s related to the high salary in the NBA.”
Language, of course, is another barrier. Few Chinese players speak English well, making the teams’ translators often the go-to person for foreign players. “Many CBA teams are in second-tier or third-tier cities,” Shao said. “Even if [foreign players] want to be more involved, the opportunities are not there. Some translators speak some English, but their lack of overseas experience makes it tough for players to communicate with them effectively.”
Zach Harper, an NBA writer who contributed to CBSSports.com from 2012 until last October, has joined FanRag Sports, The Big Lead has learned. Tommy Stokke, Director of Content for FanRag, confirmed the move. Harper declined to comment for the story. Harper, who is currently based in Salt Lake City, will be writing exclusively for FanRag for at least from now through the end of this NBA season.
Blake Griffin isn’t just producing the “White Men Can’t Jump” reboot, there’s also a “high” chance he’ll appear in it … so says the guy writing the flick, Kenya Barris. Kenya is a BIG DEAL in Hollywood — he didn’t just create “Black-ish” but also co-created “America’s Next Top Model.”