Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Chen Hsin-an turns down offer to play in Japan

Ming-shen Daily reported Chen Hsin-an has turned down the offer to play in Japan's BJ League, citing concerns about his knee injury.

Chen said yesterday he would not sign with Osaka Evessa. "The decision is based on my knee injury and has nothing to do with Osaka's offer. Their offer is great. The organization is great. Hopefully someday I can play for them, " Chen said.

"I want to make sure the injury is 100% healed and do not to rush it [to get back on the court]."

A free agent, Chen was invited by Evessa and went to Osaka for a tryout earlier this month. He is currently unsigned but practicing with his former team Yulon. Chen is expected to re-join Yulon next season.

Chen left Yulon last summer but failed to reach agreement with ETSN after signing a letter of intent. The original contract was estimately worth 3-year, NT$15 million. Both sides engaged in a series of dispute but didn't take any legal action.