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  1. NBA to build sports/entertainment complex in Beijing

    Oct 11, 2012, 6:24 PM EDT

    Beijing skyline

    The NBA is serious about expanding into the Chinese market. That is more than just a couple preseason games — the Heat beat the Clippers in Beijing early Thursday and they meet again this weekend in Shanghai — and having players go over there on shoe company sponsored tours. They have an official NBA office…

  2. Video: Allen Iverson’s crossover can still break ankles

    Oct 8, 2012, 1:12 PM EDT

    Allen Iverson

    I love this video, with an Iverson crossover just knocking down a Chinese defender in an exhibition game, because it’s such a throwback to a time when Iverson was the most entertaining player in the NBA. He will always be near the top of that all-time list for me. But please, please people don’t take…

  3. Iverson playing exhibition in China against Marbury’s team

    Oct 3, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    iverson-turkey

    Heck, I’d pay to see this. Maybe more than the Heat/Clippers exhibition games that tip off in China in just more than a week. Allen Iverson and Jason Williams are going to play in an exhibition game in Beijing against Stephon Marbury and his team, the Beijing Ducks. Other guys playing on the NBA alumni…

  4. Report: Gilbert Arenas considering playing in China

    Sep 28, 2012, 12:26 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Sacramento Kings

    Gilbert Arenas wants another shot in the NBA. He’s working out at the Lakers facilities. His agent is calling GMs all over the place. Arenas is telling gas station managers his plans and that’s somehow becoming a rumor. The truth — there are no calls for him. Teams are not interested. They weigh the off-court…

  5. Video: Amare Stoudemire is popular in China

    Sep 20, 2012, 3:16 PM EDT

    Fashion's Night Out At SAKS Fifth Avenue

    This is the time of year when Nike, adidas and other sponsors send their big NBA clients over to China for some public relations and image building. Kobe Bryant has been there. Rajon Rondo. Basically, half the NBA has been over. Including Amare Stoudemire, who is in Shanghai for the Nike Sports Festival, and he…

  6. Yao Ming says Jeremy Lin could change Chinese basketball

    Feb 23, 2012, 9:51 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v New York Knicks

    It’s been one of the most commonly asked questions about Jeremy Lin — how did he slip through the cracks of the system This is a guy who was one of the most dominant high school players in the Bay Area but couldn’t get a major college scholarship offer and went to Harvard. After four…

  7. Today in strange J.R. Smith news from China: J.R.’s sister gets in a brawl

    Jan 12, 2012, 6:39 PM EDT

    Smith Sister

    Well, this is not good. Via Eye on Basketball (with a hat tip to Deadspin and Chinese media outlets): This time, it wasn’t Smith who did something, but his sister. According to reports, after Smith was fouled, his sister threw a bottle onto the court. And then freaked out, choking a woman and shoving an 80-year-old.…

  8. Penny, The Worm, The Glove, Uncle Cliffy, and more players with awesome nicknames are going to Asia

    Nov 30, 2011, 6:22 PM EDT

    Penny Glove China Tour

    From ballislife.com: Think back to 1995 when the unstoppable Chicago Bulls with Pippen and Rodman were battling the beasts in East like Penny Hardaway and the Orlando Magic & Western conference teams like the Supersonics lead by Gary Payton and the Houston Rockets with Clyde Drexler.  It was to many basketball fans the greatest time…

  9. Report: Tyson Chandler looking at playing in China

    Nov 20, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

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    Tyson Chandler has every reason to want to push for an NBA season, more than most. He’s an unrestricted free agent whenever the offseason actually begins, and this is his last major contract. He’s coming off being the deciding factor in the NBA Finals (outside of Dirk’s brilliance or LeBron’s, ahem, struggles), and is a…

  10. Rodney Stuckey could play in China, add to NBA’s mid-season free agent mayhem

    Oct 26, 2011, 1:53 PM EDT

    Rodney Stuckey Chris Bosh

    Only a handful of NBA players have officially signed to play in China during the NBA lockout, but another may not be too far behind. According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com (via Yahoo’s Scoop du Jour blog), Rodney Stuckey is being courted by the Guangdong Southern Tigers, and unlike many other NBA players, actually has…

  11. Wilson Chandler talks about playing in China

    Sep 26, 2011, 11:50 AM EDT

    Wilson Chandler, Kobe Bryant

    The adjustments for NBA players heading to China are massive. The language, the food, the culture is all radically different. China has a high turnover rate among players for a reason. But Nuggets free agent Wilson Chandler is enjoying it, he tells the Boston Globe. Part of that is because he has an American coach…

  12. China earns Olympic berth with FIBA Asia victory

    Sep 26, 2011, 8:09 AM EDT

    Jianlian

    One’s gut reaction to the “who should win the FIBA Asia tournament?” is China. The country’s youth love basketball and there certainly is a large population pool to draw from. But without Yao Ming around to anchor that squad in the paint, it wasn’t so easy. Still, China earned a berth in the 2012 London…

  13. NBA players don’t realize what awaits them in China

    Sep 22, 2011, 1:17 PM EDT

    marbury_china

    Hey, locked out NBA players. How would you feel about playing in a league where the players have no power, practices go on for five or six hours on off days, there are bus rides that would make a minor league baseball player wince, and forget about post-game food spreads, or even a good college…

  14. Video poem: First draft of Yao Ming’s retirement speech

    Sep 21, 2011, 11:56 AM EDT

    Former NBA player Yao attends a business event in Shanghai

    Did we ever know the real Yao Ming? The Yao I saw who with teammates and was came off as thoughtful in his talks with media, it was easy to like him, but he was really a mystery to a lot of fans. When he retired the discussion was more about marketing and global impact…

  15. Video: LeBron James optimistic about season, Heat’s chances

    Sep 8, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

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    As LeBron James works his way through Asia on a Nike-sponsored tour (and if you don’t think it’s all about Nike, take a look at the setting in this video), he stopped to do a little Q&A with the fans. LeBron has been consistently optimistic that there would be a season, and he states that…

  16. Video: Wade, ‘Melo, CP3 should not do any dancing shows

    Sep 6, 2011, 6:10 PM EDT

    NBA basketball players Wade, Anthony and Paul gesture to fans as they arrive at a promotional event at an outdoor basketball court in Beijing

    Ron Artest may be Dancing with the Stars (for at least a week), but according to the latest evidence that is more than Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul should do. During a recent tour of China the three got pulled into a dance off, and the results were… well, score one for the…

  17. Paul Pierce says he did not have an asthma attack in China

    Sep 1, 2011, 1:49 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce reacts to a call by the officials in Boston

    We brought you the report out of China Wednesday that both Paul Pierce and Michael Beasley suffered an asthma attack during a recent tournament where they had to play in a smoke-filled arena. And by smoke filled we mean cigarette, as in the fans are all smoking in the arena. But Paul Pierce says that…

  18. They allow smoking in Chinese arenas? Bad idea.

    Aug 31, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce

    September 1, 1:51 am: Paul Pierce went to twitter today to deny the report of him having an asthma attack. Pierce says he does not even have asthma. It’s unclear about Beasley — well, he did fracture his wrist, but we don’t know about the asthma attack — so take that with a grain or…

  19. Michael Beasley may have broken wrist in China

    Aug 29, 2011, 11:06 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Minnesota Timberwolves

    Reports out of China are a little sketchy, but it could be bad news for Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley. First there is this tweet from Rijay Wang (via Hoopshype): Report: Michael Beasley suffered wrist injury in Sunday night at China Championships, had to get wrist re-examined, possible wrist break. Here is the link to the…

  20. Stephon Marbury inks a new deal in China, is exactly where he wants to be

    Aug 26, 2011, 6:17 PM EDT

    marbury_china

    Stephon Marbury announced on Twitter yesterday that he has signed a new deal that will keep him in the Chinese Basketball Association, but his pleasant present didn’t stop him from stopping to reminisce about his unfortunate NBA past. His short stint with the Boston Celtics at the tail end of the ’08-’09 season couldn’t erase what…

  21. Kevin Love says barnstorming tour of China coming

    Aug 26, 2011, 12:11 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    You know Kobe Bryant and other stars have talked about a “barnstorming” tour of China, to make some money and promote their brands if the lockout drags into the season. You also know there are obstacles, because this is China. But something is coming together, Kevin Love told Sports Illustrated. Oh, it’s very real. I…

  22. Amar’e Stoudemire will not eat scorpions on a stick

    Aug 26, 2011, 10:45 AM EDT

    amare stoudemire in china from amarestoudemire

    When in China… Nope, not going to do it. Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire would not do as the Chinese do with one thing — he would not eat some Chinese street food. Which would be deep fried scorpions on a stick. That doesn’t work for you? How about deep fried seahorses? Silkworms? Here is what…

  23. Kobe Bryant breaks off negotiations with Turkish squad

    Aug 12, 2011, 6:44 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant is not going to Turkey. But other suitors still are seeking him out. Kobe and his agent Rob Pelinka met with representatives of Besiktas last week and the talks have broken off because the two sides could not reach a financial deal, reports Sportando.net. According to Obrad Fimic of Alti Sport who was…

  24. Report: Earl Clark signs to play in China next season

    Aug 9, 2011, 8:41 PM EDT

    Earl Clark

    Earl Clark, the fan-favorite backup center that bounced from Phoenix to Orlando last season, is bouncing all the way to China for next season. And not in the Dwyane Wade “I’m open to it” way — Clark is going. Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld tweeted the news. Earl Clark has signed a one-year deal with a…

  25. Report: Chinese team offers Nowitzki $1.5 million a month

    Aug 9, 2011, 9:58 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    It’s been expected that if Dirk Nowitzki decides to play overseas during the lockout, he would return to his native Germany. Bayern Munich reportedly has had interest as would plenty of teams. But could he turn down $1.5 million per month? That is what the Zhejiang Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association are reportedly offering…

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