Friday, August 04, 2006

Trade a player....for a coach

Taiwanese basketball never stop surprising its fans. ETSN Antelopes announced that it swapped veteran point guard Chou Jun-san with Taiwan Beer in exchange for Chiu Da-tsun, TB's head coach last season.

And it's not even a trade, ETSN said in its press release. It said the transaction was an "bilateral exchange." Does anyone know what it means?

Anyway, it means Liu Hwa-lin, who was set to replace Lee Yun-hsiang as the head coach, was replaced before coaching his first game in ETSN.

And the Antelopes got their wish in finding the best coach available in Taiwan, as Chiu is an exprienced veteran who spent a couple of years in China's CBA(Chinese Basketball Association) with Sina, Jiangsu and Xinjiang as well as Taiwna's defunct league CBA(Chinese Basketball Alliance).

As for Chou Jun-san, he is expected to act as a player/coach and eventually a full-time coach, since Taiwan Beer is already loaded with young and talented point guards in Chen Shih-nian and Hsu Hao-cheng.