Sunday, October 12, 2003

Chen Hsin-an doing fine in Sacramento

Chen Hsin-an (aka Sean Chen) had the first DNP-CD in his career when he sat thru the whole game, which the Sacramento Kings beat Utah Jazz 102-92 in a pre-season game in Reno, Nevada.

Chen, wearing No.9, made his debut in Kings' first pre-season game vs. the Mavs in Dallas on Oct. 8. He checked into the game in the 4th quarter, replacing Bobby Jackson, and had 2 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist in only four minutes.

Sean Chen made the first cut last weekend, when the Kings released three forwards. The number of players of Kings' training camp was down from 20 to 17, not counting injured Mateen Cleaves and Brent Price.

Before the cut, Chen made 6-of-9 shots and had 14 points, 2 rebounds in Kings' annual "Fandemonium", which Kings players are devided into two teams and scrimmage. Chen, who's on the Black team in the first half, switched to the White team, which is conprised of mostly starters, in the third and final quarter. His play in the scrimmage drew rave review from Kings staff and observers.

Chen becomes the first Taiwanese player invited to NBA pre-season training camp, when he accepted Kings' invitation in September. Taiwanese fans are very supportive of Chen, posting tons of messages on dicussion boards and university BBS systems.