17 Nov '11, 8am

Basketball: Chinese league boosted by NBA woes

Basketball: Chinese league boosted by NBA woes

BEIJING: China's basketball league starts this weekend boosted by an exodus of star players fleeing the NBA lock-out, which has also given an opportunity to show more domestic games on national TV. J.R. Smith, Kenyon Martin, Wilson Chandler and China's own ex-Washington Wizards power forward Yi Jianlian are among numerous ex-NBA players suiting up for the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), which reopens on Sunday. Several out-of-contract NBA players signed for Chinese clubs rather than wait for a resolution of the financial dispute between clubs and players which has held up the start of the American season and could scuttle it altogether. "The foreign players coming to the CBA are getting better and better, competition in the league and the level of play is getting higher and higher," said Yi, who has joined up with reigning champions the Guangdong Tigers. "I can't wai...

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