Antoine Wright lighting up in China
Old 01-12-2011, 11:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Just three games into his new stint as a Jiangsu Dragon, however, six-year NBA pro Antoine Wright appears to be changing some of the newly formed perceptions, not only his by his stellar play (32 ppg, and 7 rpg, all wins), but also by his humbleness, work ethic and seriousness towards playing in China.

From an article on Sina Sports, titled “Jiangsu’s Saviour Has Really Come!”

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Though no fault of Antoine Wright, former NBA players kind of have a bad rap in the Chinese Basketball Association right now. Giddy over increased ticket and merchandise revenue from Stephon Marbuy’s half-season with Shanxi last year, the CBA moved to eliminate the long standing import player cap that limited how much money teams could spend on foreign players per month. With unlimited amounts of money to throw at players, owners looking to cash in Shanxi-style on an ex-NBA star went out en mass to sign a record number of instantly recognizable former NBA players.

At pre-season, a three handed man couldn’t count all of the new players on his fingers. Ricky Davis, Steve Francis, Fred Jones and Mike James were the elder Logo-representing statesmen who were enticed by higher salaries and easier competition. Younger guys came, too — Javaris Crittenton, Patrick O’Bryant, Josh Boone, and Dwyane Jones — as well as James Singleton, an established League player who decided on playing in Western China over signing an offered contract from the Washington Wizards.

Before the start of the CBA season, there was a buzz around the league that hadn’t existed before. People were genuinely excited to see “The Year of the NBA.” And who could really blame them? For the 99.999999% of China’s 400 million or so basketball crazed fans who will never get the chance to see a real NBA game, this was going to be their best chance to watch NBA players live at their hometown team’s arena.

But, as the players started first to trickle, then totally spill out of the league, NBA players in the CBA gained a newer, very different reputation: entitled, privileged, spoiled, out of shape and washed up. In the eyes of Chinese fans, these guys didn’t come here for the basketball, they came here to cash an easy check based on their name alone. They came here — to China — because they thought it’d be a joke. But, to the owners who write those big checks, the general managers who build the teams and the coaches whose jobs are on the line when imports don’t work out, there was nothing funny about their investments flaming out in less than a month.




NiuBBall.com Antoine Wright: Saving Jiangsu’s season and the reputation of NBA players
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He got the Wright Stuff....

Damn its easy to come up with em with a last name like that.
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Fred Jones, Mike James, Patrick O'Bryant and Wright...just need a PF to fill out the roster of former Raps.

Is McCoy still there? Maybe he can slide over and play the 4.
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Fred Jones, Mike James, Patrick O'Bryant and Wright...just need a PF to fill out the roster of former Raps.
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I was reading about this earlier and how well Javaris Crittenton (sp) was doing.

And then I learned that Steve Francis was cut by his team in China. What a send ending to his career.
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And then I learned that Steve Francis was cut by his team in China. What a send ending to his career.
Aww. that's just terrible. Guy deserved so much better.

My heart is bleeding right now.
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Old 01-12-2011, 05:45 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Work ethics...glad to see Wright working hard...Maybe I`ll pay him a visit sometimes if he`s still around down the road. I was born in the province of Jiangsu, so it shouldn`t be too hard to grab some tix
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