Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Chen Hsin-an doubtful for East Asian qualification

Chen Hsin-an, Taiwan's most celebrated player, sustained a knee injury in Game 3 of the SBL Finals on Sunday. Chen partially tear his lateral knee ligament and will more than likely sit out the upcoming East Asian Qualification in Guangdong, China later this month.

Worse yet, it's possible Chen can not play in Sacramento Kings' summer league this summer as planned.

Chen slipped on a wet spot and twisted his knee while chasing a Dacin offensive player with 1:30 left in Game 3, when the outcome was already decided. He lied on the floor for a couple minutes and went to the lockerroom to ice his knee. Chen stayed in the lockerroom when his teammates celebrated their second consecutive SBL title.

Later his injury was diagnozed as partially tear lateral ligament and will have to rest for at least four weeks.

Unfortunately for Chen, this is the third time he got injured in the same year when Asian Championship takes place. It's unbelievable but Chen did miss the last two Asian Championship due to injury. Without Chen, Taiwan finished 7th and 11th in the last two Asian Championships.