Owner Mark Cuban declined to comment about Ding. He said more will be known after July 1 when the signing can become official. However, Cuban last year hired a Mandarin-speaking employee, Ryan Kline. He is from Dallas and attended Yale. He, too, declined to talk about the impact that Ding might have on the Mavericks off the court.
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Four basketball stars will lend a hand at Sunday’s Official Draw Ceremony for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Qualifiers taking place at the landmark Canton Tower in Guangzhou, China. Former USA and NBA superstar Scottie Pippen, Australian scoring machine Andrew Gaze, Russian great Andrei Kirilenko and China national team stalwart Yi Jianlian will help determine the fate of the 80 teams competing in four regional qualifiers played across 6 qualifying windows between November 2017 and February 2019.
Former two-time NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury is still selling his Starbury shoes in stores in China and online in America starting at $14.98 after originally joining forces with the now-defunct Steve & Barry’s sporting goods store in 2006. If LaVar Ball, father of NBA prospect Lonzo Ball, hopes to get his Big Baller Brand going without the help of the major shoe companies, Marbury could offer some advice. “I would listen to what [LaVar Ball] had to say, definitely, if he called,” Marbury told The Undefeated from China. “It’s the delivery, that’s all. Sometimes people can’t accept the delivery. But I understand, because it’s his own feelings. I don’t agree with everything that he is saying, but I understand what he is saying.”
Ball has said that he would reach out to Chinese brands. What advice would you give to him? Marbury: Come rock with us. We know the structure that is needed. We don’t have the capital, but with my brand we have the resources for what is needed from the manufacturing side in China. He doesn’t have to do something with Starbury. We could work together where we can help put them into the position to speak to all the people who have that access to do what they want in China. I’m not saying I want him to come under my umbrella and be with Starbury, but I can position them by setting them up with the people that they need to speak to in order to create their infrastructure if they want to infuse capital into themselves.