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Wang Zhizhi, China
Name: Wang Zhizhi (Wong Schoo-Schoo)
Origin: Beijing, China
Drafted: 1999, Second Round, 36th pick by Dallas Mavericks
Languages: Chinese (Mandarin)
Teams (jersey): Chinese National Team (15), Bayi Rockets (14), Dallas Mavericks (16), Los Angeles Clippers (16), Miami Heat (15)
IBN Facts: The first Chinese player to play in the NBA. to Along with Chinese national team teammates Yao Ming (7-6) nd Mengke Bateer (6-10) to form what has become known as "The Walking Great Wall (of China)" In the 1999-2000 CBA regular season, Zhizhi was named MVP of the season, the All-Star Game, and the Finals. He also won the Slam Dunk contest that season. Wang currently resides in Los Angeles during the offseason with his wife, Song Yang and their son, Jerry.
Time Asia.com: Yao ming may have been this year's No. 1 NBA draft pick, making him the man who could someday fill Shaq's immense shoes. But before Yao mania there was Wang Zhizhi, the first Chinese basketball player to play in the NBA. Wang was Yao's mightiest rival back in China, and continues to one-up him in at least one vital way. In the NBA, badness is synonymous with coolness, and 25-year-old Wang is the baddest Chinese athlete in history. Last summer, he quasi-defected from his home country. His three-year, $6 million contract with the Los Angeles Clippers may seem puny compared with Yao's $18.03 million for four years, but Yao will be forking over a big chunk to his old bosses back in the mainland. And while Wang is settling into a new bachelor pad in L.A., Yao is living in the U.S. with his mommy. How cool is that?
|Wang Zhizhi Links From our forum: Where is Wang? PLA Tells Zhizhi rto Return China Basketball Forum Article(s): Wang Zhizhi's Fast Break (TIME Asia), Wang Zhizhi Interview (InsideHoops), It's a Waiting Game for Zhizhi (TimeAsia), China vs. Sydney Kings Video (YouTube), Wang Zhizhi Completes Trip to NBA (People's Daily, 2001), CBA wants to heal rift with Wang Zhizhi before 2008 (AP, 2006)|