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The AirAsia ASEAN Basketball League has lost one of its key personalities today. Saigon Heat's head coach Jason Rabedeaux passed away this morning at his house in Ho Chi Minh City. Coach Rabs was well known for his passion for getting the best out of his players and always putting the development of basketball in Vietnam as his number one priority since arriving in the country in 2012. ASEAN Basketball League
Can you hear me now?:Jason relays his experiences in Asia with his blog on HoopsHype.com. With millions of followers throughout the world, his Asian Diaries gives an inside look into the world of basketball through his eyes. He cleverly laments stories about what the sport is like in Communist-based China and in Japan- game days are very different than what Americans are used to as it’s not uncommon to have tea served at games, smoking is tolerated and you probably won’t hear Zombie Nation. But his messaging doesn’t end there. He understands that his typical locker-room pep talk and motivational anecdotes won’t be helpful in his situation. Coach shares that “sometimes I use their culture as inspiration, like incorporating Sun Tzu’s The Art of War to help motivate my players”; who would imagine using a classic piece of written work to get your team psyched to play? Examiner
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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