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Taiwan Mobile has decided to release former NBA draft pick Marcus Fizer for his bad attitude, local media reported. Fizer, who played for TM in only one game, told the team his injury flared up and did not practice with the team since then. He asked not to play this week. According to TM head coach Jia Fan, Fizer also demanded extra preferential treatment. Taiwan Hoops
Robert Parish, one of the NBA's 50 greatest players, had an early birthday party at National Taiwan University Saturday. Parish, who will be 58 on Aug. 30, celebrated his birthday along with 10 10-year olds. While blowing out the candles on his cake, the former NBA star expressed the wish that he could "celebrate a few more birthdays." Focus Taiwan
Lin, a Harvard graduate, is in Taiwan for a three-day charity event Aug. 5-7, and is expected to coach young basketball players at two summer camp events. He confirmed he had been approached by both Taiwan and China to play for the upcoming 2011 FIBA Asia Championship in Wuhan, China, and had told China he would not play for them this year. The only thing that is keeping him from joining Taiwan's national team in the September tournament is an injury to his left knee, which makes him unable to run or jump at the moment, he said. Focus Taiwan
A technical consultant from the NBA said Wednesday that the Taiwan men's basketball national team needed to assemble soon to better prepare for two major games in July and September. Several China-based players, including some of the best ones, have not yet been able to return to join the Taiwan team for the past month's training due to their commitments to their clubs in the China Basketball League (CBL). The 18-man national team is gearing up for the William Jones Cup next month, an annual intercontinental event hosted by Taiwan. The team is also scheduled to play in the FIBA Asia Championship in September to try to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. "That's the first thing that has to happen -- get everybody here that wants to be a part of this team. And I think then and only then are you gonna find out how good they can be," said Bob Hill, a former coach of several NBA teams, including the San Antonio Spurs. Focus Taiwan
Golden State Warriors guard, Jeremy Lin, may be headed to the FIBA Asia Championship this September – with a Taiwanese passport. According to NetEase, Lin has been added to the 24-player training camp roster for the Taiwanese national team. An official announcement was made on Monday by Taiwan Basketball Association chairman, Ting Shou-chung. NiuBBall.com
In addition to Taiwan, who has publicly expressed interest in Lin since the end of the NBA regular season, China has also investigated the feasibility of convincing the former Harvard standout to join the Chinese national team. However, since Chinese law prohibits dual citizenship, the Chinese Basketball Association was quickly refused by the American-born player and his family. NiuBBall.com
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