Chinese Basketball…They don’t PLAY!!!

You may not hear this story because it doesn’t involve a multi-millionaire NBA player and it happened half-way around the world. Thanks for continuing to read. There’s nothing new about basketball players scuffling in the heat of play on the court, but after a November 28th game, former NBAer and current Yunnan Running Bull Gabe Muoneke (or as his momma calls him Nnadubem Gabriel Enyinaya Muoneke) was confronted with his wife, mother-in-law and three kids in tow, by members of the Sharks. Not the finger snappin’ thugs from Westside Story Sharks but the Shanghai Sharks Chinese basketball team. Gabe clashed with Chinese player Cai Liang on the court after they wrestled for a loose ball. After the game Liang, team captain Liu Wei and several others chased Muoneke into the corner of the arena parking lot and surrounded him. He was hit with a water bottle but was not assaulted any further. The entire incident was caught on a security camera. The team was fined and the instigators were fined and suspended ten games. This should serve as motivation for Gabe to sharpen his skills so he can get NBA attention again. At least in the US our athletes keep the violence to the court…and occasionally the stands…and sometimes night clubs…

"I hope he didn't take that personally."

"I hope he didn't take that personally."

alternate post title: When Sharks Attack


4 Responses to “Chinese Basketball…They don’t PLAY!!!”

  1. Avy Smith Says:

    Shame on the Chinese…. When you cant play well, why resort to such tactics??? Its a shame!!! I read an article on on this and honestly, it is an act of disgrace!

  2. They don’t play because they can’t play….to play basketball you need height first of all which is surely important and they are very diminutive…….I don’t think so they should get into this play….carry on with you kung fu guys……

  3. Actually this is very rare in China, they play a lot less physical and fight a lot less than in the US and other places. Actually the basketball is normally very passive and not at all physical. It’s hard to say why this happened, what led up to it…

    It probably happened because The Wire is available on DVD with a Cantonese overdub (bah-dum-ching!). I’m sure the US game is much more savage than the Chinese game, or the Euro game. That’s what makes this story remotely interesting. If I posted something about an NBA fight it would get lost with all the others. Thanks for stopping by.

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