Despite a difficult rookie NBA season with Houston, the…

Despite a difficult rookie NBA season with Houston, the 22-year-old’s experience of playing alongside the likes of James Harden and Chris Paul proved invaluable as he put the disappointment of the 2014 Asiad behind him. From the first tip-off, Zhou was in the zone-winning his personal duel with Jordan Clarkson of the Cleveland Cavaliers in China’s opener against the Philippines.
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The day — which began with James visiting students at his I Promise School in Akron — couldn’t have been any better for him. “To come here tonight and go out and hear the fans’ reception — 11 years playing here,” James said. “I just tried to be the best basketball player, the best role model, the best leader I can be both on and off the floor by example for this franchise. They showed their appreciation not only for myself, but for my friends and family at the game tonight. It was a great moment.”
The recognition from fans and the team was a moment he deserved. “I appreciate these fans just as much as they appreciate me. Every single night we stepped out on the floor, they showed their appreciation to not only myself but my teammates for those 11 years, especially those last four years, those championship runs we were making. That was my salute to them for them appreciating what I was able to accomplish with my coaches and teammates.”
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