Longtime NBA coach Bob Hill welcomed Yao Ming’s unanimous appointment this week as the Chinese Basketball Association’s new president. In fact, Hill, who has worked as a technical consultant for the Taiwan men’s national team in recent years, hailed the move. “Yao is an iconic figure here in China and rightfully so,” Hill told The Japan Times. “I believe he will be able to open doors for the CBA that have never even been approached throughout the history of the league.”
Yao plans to “sell his stake in the Shanghai Sharks before next season and pursue a reform agenda for the professional league, state media reported,” according to Reuters. What are Hill’s expectations for Yao in his new executive role? “He has the capabilities to upgrade the league like never before,” Hill said of Yao. “I’m confident there will be many, many people rooting for him as he is a quality person as well.”
Yao Ming has moved into management in a bid to hasten China’s basketball development. The Chinese Basketball Association voted unanimously Thursday to appoint the former Houston Rockets star its president in a step toward reform for an organization that has in the past been led by government bureaucrats. The CBA’s social media account quoted the Hall of Famer as saying he hoped to make improvements to the domestic league’s draft system and push more Chinese players into the international arena.
The Chinese Basketball Association has voted unanimously to appoint NBA Hall of Famer Yao Ming as its president. The CBA’s social media account quoted Yao as saying at a ceremony on Thursday that he hoped to reform the domestic league’s draft system and push more Chinese players into the international arena.
“I’ll try my best to contribute in a new way in order to help the development of Chinese basketball,” Yao said during his introductory speech. “We who take Chinese basketball as our careers and dreams shall work and stick together.”
Former NBA first-round pick Jimmer Fredette scored 73 points Sunday night as his Shanghai Sharks lost in double-overtime on the road to the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions in the Chinese Basketball Association. Fredette’s 73 points are the fourth most in a single game in the CBA, behind Errick McCollum (82), Quincy Douby (75) and Bobby Brown (74). It’s also a high for the team and for himself.