Jorge Sierra: South Korean big man Lee Jonghyun is staying in the draft, agent Mike Naiditch tells HoopsHype. Lee is completing South Korean military duty and will be available for pre-draft workouts after June 13, Naiditch says.
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David Pick: Korean prospect Lee Jong-Hyun has declared for the NBA draft, I’ve been told. Lee Jong-Hyun led 2014 World Cup in blocks per game. Ranked ahead of Pau Gasol & Anthony Davis.
Korean League (KBL) will allow two foreigners per team next season. One foreigner can’t be taller than 193cm/6-3ft (without shoes) while the other is usually a big man.
Get the tissues ready for this one. U.S Army Private Namon Bledsoe wanted to treat his mother Denise Edwards to a special night while he was deployed in South Korea, so he wrote to the Detroit Pistons. From there, it was all magic.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Forward DeShawn Sims has signed in South Korea with KCC Egis, agent @Daniel Moldovan told me.
NBA All-Star Weekend is traditionally the league’s biggest marketing event. Heading into this weekend’s 2014 NBA All-Star game in New Orleans, the NBA is poised to announced its first-ever official tire sponsor: Kumho Tire. The NBA plans to announce a multi-year marketing partnership with the South Korean tire maker today across both the NBA and NBA Development League, according to league marketing executives. The partnership tips off at NBA All-Star Weekend from Feb. 14-16, where Kumho Tire will get to slap its logo courtside and on signage. A Korean tire company might seem like an odd fit at first glance, but the NBA’s now one of the most global of the Big 5 U.S. pro leagues. Fully 25% of its players come from outside the U.S. Its games are now telecast in 212 countries.
08 Jan 14