Saturday, June 23, 2001

Injured Chen Drops Out of NT

High-flying forward/guard Chen Hsin-an confirmed earlier today that he will not play in the upcoming ABC Championships because of eye injury. Losing Chen brings another problem for the Taiwan NT, which already went through coaching changes and tons of controversies after winning silver in the East Asian Games.

Chen says he still has blurred vision caused by the injury and doesn't want to risk his career by playing at less than 100% recovery. The injury took place in a warm-up game vs. Hebei when Taiwan NT visited China for the preparation before the EAG. Chen suffered an ill blow from a Hebei player, who was obviously frustrated after Chen continuously scored at ease, and required nine stitches around his left eye. However Chen turned in an unbelievable performance in the EAG and became the No.2 scorer in the tournament.

Chen Hsin-an hasn't joined the NT practice since returning to Taiwan. Several reports indicated Chen and his parents think the CTBA did not take care of the injured players and asked for compensations for the injury. Chen says he expects to rest for 3-5 months before joining the national team again.