To all you NBA players out there, who don’t wanna be on a NBA team where the star players…all up in the highlight videos, and the coach all in your face telling you not to shoot so many damn 3-pointers….then come to China!
China might seem like death row for some basketball players but for many others, it’s a place to put up Wilt Chamberlain like numbers and shoot more 3-pointers than Steph Curry, when your shot isn’t much better than Ayesha Curry.
Last season in the CBA, we saw Jordan Crawford put up 72 points in a game and Michael Beasley was putting up 40+ games on a daily basis and scored 63 in the All-Star game. JR Smith once scored 52 points with 11 3-pointers and 22 rebounds, then a month later made 14 of 18 3-pointers in a single game…off the bench!
Former NBA player and CBA rookie Josh Smith must have thought he was JR Smith in his last game because he also launched 18 3-pointers. He only made seven of them but did have 41 points (14-27 fg, 6-11 ft), 19 rebounds and 5 blocks, off the bench, in a loss to former Lakers Yi Jianlian and Carlos Boozer of the Guangdongs.
The 41 points is more than Smith’s last 10 games in the NBA combined and during that 10 games stretch, Smith was 5 of 33 from 3-point land. That cold streak continued into Smith’s CBA debut last week: 0-5 from 3, 0-2 from the ft line and 3 of 13 from the field for 6 points.
I’m expecting at least 50 points and 20 3-point attempts from Smith in his 3rd game.
If you were wondering how a few other former NBA players are doing in China, in the past week, Jimmer Fredette had a 51 point game and Jamaal Franklin had a triple-double with 61 points….so which one of you Bad Boys in the NBA wants to go to Death Row.
Playing ball in China has Josh Smith feeling like he’s back in high school.
And here’s a throwback Wolves fans might remember.