PRO SKILLS BASKETBALL CHINA TOUR 2018 RECAP (PART 3) – BEIJING

Pro Skills Basketball China Basketball Tour 2018

In part 2 of our Pro Skills Basketball China Tour recap, we reviewed everything the group did in Chengdu, including Hot Pot, pandas, playing pick up at Sichuan University and an exhibition game against the Chinese Basketball Association U21 Sichuan Blue Whale team.

Before that, in part 1, we wrote about our time in Shanghai where we saw a ton of sights, including the world-famous Bund and played one of the most famous streetball teams in China and at one of the most famous playgrounds in Shanghai, Rucker Park.

For this week, however, part 3 recounts the Beijing leg of our trip!

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PRO SKILLS BASKETBALL CHINA TOUR 2018 RECAP (PART 2) – CHENGDU

Pro Skills Basketball China Tour 2018

Last week we covered the Shanghai portion in part 1 of our Pro Skills Basketball China Tour recap, so this week it’s on to Chengdu for part 2!

Chengdu is not the biggest or the most famous city in China, but over the course of our four-day visit, the PSB China Tour group savored its signature slow pace.

We saw Pandas, played Chinese Basketball Association U21 Blue Whale team, and burnt our mouths (willingly) with spicy Sichuan cuisine.

Overall, we saw a markedly different – and more authentic – version of China in comparison to sprawling Shanghai or bustling Beijing.

When our China tour group met for orientation, most of the group had not heard of Chengdu (成都). But by the end of the trip almost everyone said the time spent in the heart of Sichuan province (四川省) was the most memorable part of the entire experience.

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PRO SKILLS BASKETBALL CHINA TOUR 2018 RECAP (PART 1) – SHANGHAI

PSB Shanghai China Basketball Tour 2018

The 2018 Pro Skills Basketball China Tour is officially in the books!

For three weeks we will publish recaps with stories and pictures from all three stops: Shanghai (part 1), Chengdu (part 2), and Beijing (part 3). Then we’ll cap it all off with a documentary of the entire trip to China!

This week, part 1, details all the dumplings, dunks, and deals Shanghai had to offer … Enjoy!

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THE TIME IS YAO: AN ASSESSMENT OF CHINESE BASKETBALL REFORMS

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Last month, this blog gave an overview of the NBA’s Chinese youth basketball strategy – with a focus on their academies in Zhejiang, Xinjiang, and Jilin.

In particular, we noted the challenges faced by these academies in recruiting young Chinese basketball talent against provincial sports authorities and CBA feeder networks.

 

This month, we will take a closer look at the recent reforms to China’s National team and assess the progress made since the election of Yao Ming as president of the Chinese Basketball Association on February 23, 2017.

 

Yao’s election was monumental for two reasons. First, the whole organization was “regrouped as a fully-fledged non-governmental organization,” and second he was granted wide authority to reform the existing Chinese basketball national team system.

 

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NEWS: PSB China Basketball & Cultural Tour 2018

PSB China Basketball & Cultural Tour 2018

We are excited to announce the 2018 Pro Skills Basketball China Basketball and Cultural Tour!

On August 6th a group of Pro Skills Basketball (PSB) players, both past and present, accompanied by family members and PSB coaches will embark on a three-city tour of China.

Over the course of eleven days, these young men will gain a better understanding of China’s traditions and cultural practices as they tour Shanghai, Chengdu, and Beijing while also having some great basketball experiences along the way.

In each city, the basketball activities include friendlies against a famous streetball team in Shanghai, a professional CBA team in Chengdu, and China’s top-rated university in Beijing.

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