The Zhuhai Wolf Warriors roster has taken shape a month ahead of their debut season in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL).
After the surprise announcement of Indonesia’s Mario Wuysang putting off retirement for another year to join the Chinese team, general manager David Chu confirmed the addition of former University of Nevada-Las Vegas Running Rebel DeShawn Mitchell and NBA veteran center Eddy Curry to complete their imports lineup.
“I have six guys who have never played professional basketball. So that’s like having six rookies,” shared Chu. “Five Chinese locals. And DeShawn (Mitchell) who used to play with UNLV, and ended up at Saint Catherine’s. He has never played pro basketball, so I’m giving him a chance to start his career. And Eddy Curry is my other guy.”
Curry, who has 11 seasons of NBA experience across four teams, last played professional basketball back in 2013 for the Zhejiang Golden Bulls in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA).
Aside from Curry, there are also four other former CBA veterans in the line-up: Bian Saiyuan (Nanjing Monkey King), Cris Shentu (Shanxi Brave Dragons), Cai Chen (Fujian Sturgeons), and Li Jun, who once played for the Guangzhou Long-Lions.
Wu You, also known as the famous streetballer More Free, is also on the roster, while Jenning Leung, Choi Chi Fong, Liu Wei, Tse Sit Chun, Cui Jun Ze, and Tang Man Lo will inject youth into the Southern China-based team.
“It’s a dream come true to own a pro team,” shared the amiable team executive. “I have worked in basketball for about 20 years, maybe this isn’t professional, and maybe I won’t be the manager next year, but I’m the type of guy that’s loyal to my friends. If I can help my friends out, I’m going with that first before anything. There are only four guys on the team I haven’t met before. The other eight, I know personally.”
Zhuhai will look to avoid the same rookie woes suffered by the Formosa Dreamers last season, while aiming for the Macau Black Bears’ (formerly Chong Son Kung Fu) impressive finish atop the regular season standings in their maiden campaign.
“We have to make the playoffs. If there are ten teams and eight will advance to the playoffs, I think we have to at least make it,” laughed Chu. “That is a good goal. Otherwise, it would be like you are playing for last.”
The Zhuhai Wolf Warriors will look to open the ninth ABL season with a bang when they host Hong Kong Eastern Basketball at the Zhuhai Jinan University Gymnasium on November 16.
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