HoopsHype Asia rumors
Chinese Taipei hired former San Antonio Spurs coach Bob Hill as a consultant to the National Team and the team has shown some remarkable discipline in their approach dropping games only to tournament favorites Iran and Korea en route to their third successive entry into the last eight. “We have a lot of work to do,” Hill said in an exclusive chat with this website after the team made the cut into the play-offs. Excerpts: On the team’s performance: We still have a lot of things we can improve on. And at times we have shown tremendous improvement. I thought we played a really good game against Iran. But then there are times like against Korea, when we haven’t looked good at all. We looked a very badly coached team. We haven’t really played to our potential, which is a little bit disappointing. We kind of play to the level of our opponent. So the Philippines game (quarterfinal) will be good. FIBA Asia
With the NBA lockout jeopardizing all or part of the 2011-12 season, Warriors guard Jeremy Lin would seem to be a perfect candidate to head overseas. After all, he's not under contract for the upcoming season and -- even with his improvement a year ago -- could certainly use all the game experience he can get. Not to mention, Lin would no doubt make more money playing in Asia than he would in the NBA. But if you know anything about Lin, he's not ready to make that move yet. "The No. 1 thing for Jeremy is to establish himself as an NBA player," said Roger Montgomery, Lin's agent, on Tuesday. "We've never talked about making this or making that in terms of money, which he could do in Asia. Jeremy wants to be an NBA player." CSNBayArea.com
Interestingly, Lin would likely make significantly more money playing in Asia, and there already have been inquiries about Lin's availability. Another of Montgomery's clients, Sonny Weems, recently signed with a team in Lithuania. "Every situation with Europe and Asia is unique," Montgomery said. "And Jeremy's is, too. He could make a nice living over there. But again, Jeremy wants to be an NBA player." CSNBayArea.com
Jason Rabedeaux: Because China is so totally obsessed with the NBA, each team tries to obtain the biggest name possible… Last year, for example, former NBA’ers Stephon Marbury, Donnell Harvey, Rodney White, David Harrison, Sean Williams and Smush Parker dotted CBA rosters. Late in the year there was talk of Allen Iverson joining the league. Chinese teams will pay big money to attract this type of talent, but as many players quickly find out, nothing is guaranteed in China and contracts can be broken in a heartbeat. When dealing with a Communist-based country, proceed with caution. HoopsHype
Jason Rabedeaux: Without going into detail (saving that for the book), playing on the road in the CBA is like bringing a knife to a gun fight – better shoot it really good that night. JBL referees are working extremely hard to improve. The biggest problem is that these referees do games at all levels of games – men and women, high school to professional – greatly affecting their consistency. Both leagues have a long way to go in terms of officiating, especially in terms of consistency and accountability. It is the one phase of the Asian game that truly makes you appreciate American basketball. After three years in Asia, I am going to give the first American referee I see a big ol’ kiss on the cheek… And 50 bucks, just in case I ever see him in China. HoopsHype
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