Thursday, February 21, 2008

Who was the first NBA player from China?

Not Yao Ming... Yes, I'm for real, No, I'm not full of it.

Bueller......... bueller.......?

Zhizhi Wang......? Zhizhi Wang........?

Yeah that's right, here's a tidbit. First NBA player from China, Zhizhi Wang, drafted in 2001 by the Dallas Mavericks, played two seasons there, two more seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers (no that's not a typo, Los Angeles actually has another team... the city's neglected younger brother? Nah.... a city wouldn't do that to its own franchise.... just ask the NY Jets.........), two more season with the Miami Heat... then to 05 to present with the Bayi Rockets.... huh?

No they're not in the Eastern Northwest conference.. that's right, Wang went back to China.

Didn't do too good in the states, decided China was a better league fit for him (seems to be working, named MVP of the China Basketball Association (CBA) championship against the Guangdong Tigers in 2007).... during the World Championships, averaged 8.2 points, 3.5 rebounds a game over 8 games....... home sweet home I guess (only 4.4 points and 1.7 rebounds per game over a 6 year career in the NBA).... was a replacement player for who else... Yao Ming during the leadup for the world championships.

Anyway, he's one of the torch bearers leading up to the Beijing Olympics in August.

Someone call Wang, Yao wants his bragging rights back...

1 comment:

I love Jimmy said...

Wang Zhi Zhi is the best, I love wang!