04.20.06

China’s Next Yao Ming?

Posted in Basketball at 10:40 am by Nicole

Reuters reports today that Guangdong Tigers star Yi Jianlian, an NBA hopeful, will not enter the draft for the coming season. Yi will elect instead to continue with his China Basketball Association (CBA) team, which clinched its third consecutive national title yesterday with a victory over the Bayi Rockets (ironically, the club team of China’s first NBA player, Wang Zhizhi).

CBA basketball is all over CCTV-5, China’s national sports network. But last year, NBA TV jumped onto the Chinese basketball bandwagon by offering live coverage of the CBA finals with English commentary. Check out this article at NBA.com on the NBA/CBA agreement – it’s a year old but worth checking out if you’re interested in the ever-increasing ties between American and Chinese basketball.

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