- Everyone needs to make sure to get over to NiuBall to keep up with the developments in China. Earl Clark and Wilson Chandler have already jumped to China and Starbury finally landed in the place he wants to be. Who is coming next?
- A few days ago I had a big spike in hits related to Chris Banchero. This happens once or twice a month whenever a new rumor about Chris is floated on the Filipino basketball forums. In early August it was reported that Banchero had a deal with the new San Miguel ASEAN Basketball League franchise. Nothing more had been said about this until this past week when Chris' name was mentioned in an article discussing the future of the SMART Gilas team. With so many of their players being selected in last week's draft SMART Gilas is actively looking to restock their talent pool. Neither of these two rumors has been confirmed at this point. I will of course update immediately when I hear anything definite.
- Targuy/Tanguy/Teddy Ngombo made a big splash this past weekend at a three team invitiational event in Qatar. You may remember Ngombo from this past June's NBA Draft. Qatar came out with the "championship" defeating both Lebanon and Syria. Ngombo was the star of the weekend posting the highest scoring average (19.8) and the fourth highest rebounding average (6.0). Full stats for the event can be found here. Unfortunately, as with much of Ngombo's career, I can not find any video of the event.
- Most people were unaware that the 4th annual Thailand Open for basketball took place over the past two weeks. Hi-Tech once again retained their crown, this time led by the familiar face of Antoine Broxsie (Singapore Siglap, Satria Muda, bj league). In the 'Imports in Asia' section I have pieced together most of the names of the import players in this year's tournament. Following this tournament is the hardest task of the year on my annual calendar as there is nothing published in English. Google translate, Facebook stalking, and a little luck are the only way to piece everything together. And just in case you want video proof, here is a brawl that broke out during the Finals:
The past two weeks have seen all sorts of developments in the Asian basketball world. Unfortunately real life/real job sometimes get in the way of my posting. So I will throw out a few bullet points of the things I have found most interesting over the past two weeks.