Basketball News Roundup, July 29, 2011

China’s Zhou Peng (C) drives the ball against Memphis Grizzlies left Hasheem Thabeet (L) and his teammates during the Yao Foundation Charity Game initiated by Houston Rockets left Yao Ming, in Beijing July 24, 2010. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA – Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

Some tidbits from around the world of basketball today…

The Wall Street Journal muses about the possibility of NBA players going overseas to play in China during the NBA lockout:

A number of players have said that playing in China ā€“ home to at least 300 million basketball fans, according to NBA estimates ā€” is a tempting alternative to sitting around at home if NBA arenas are dark.

Back in the United States, UConn sophomore Shabazz Napier has been selected to try out for the 2011 USA Basketball Men’s World University Games team:

Napier, a point guard from Randolph, Mass., will be one of 21 players competing for a spot on the 12-man roster. Last season he helped the Huskies win a national championship, averaging 7.8 points, 3.0 assists and 1.6 steals while making the All-Big East rookie team.

Also in college basketball, University of Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith told reporters that “Every Basketball Coach, Player and Fan Needs to Read This Book”, referring to The Season Never Ends by Don Shelby:

Ostensibly, these charming stories are about basketball, but readers will quickly see The Season Never Ends is about much more. They are life lessons that come from a broadcaster who has covered notable and historic events, a journalist whose career has brought him around the world and a man who traces all of his success back to the basketball hoop in his parent’s driveway in Muncie, Indiana.

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