Now president of the Chinese Basketball Association aft…

Now president of the Chinese Basketball Association after an eight-year NBA career with the Rockets, Yao is still very much the driving force behind basketball in his homeland and is credited with China’s resurgence at this Asian Games after the men failed to make the medal rounds at the previous edition in 2014. “I think the most important thing is he introduced the two national teams system,” Zhou Qi said of Yao’s decision to bring more players through the national programs in order to broaden the talent pool. “It gives the young players a lot of chances to play more matches to gain experiences. We get better by playing these competitive matches.”
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You were able to bring back Khris Middleton on a five-year deal. What was the process like? And what does he mean to the team? Jon Horst: Khris was always a focus. You and I have talked about that a lot. He’s our second superstar, our second star. He’s an All-Star. He’s been one of our best players for a long period of time here. Fits our culture, fits our style of play, fits our aging curve. He’s become a leader of our team. For us, we want to try to recruit with him and play the culture fit, winning. Create an environment he wanted to play in for a long, long time. A place where his family is happy with Sam and the baby and everything.
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