Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Wu Tai-hao signs with Zhejiang: report


Taiwan Beer center Wu Tai-hao has signed a two-year contract with Zhejiang Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), Apple Daily reported Wednesday.

Terms of the contract was not disclosed, but Zhejiang will reportedly pay Wu an annual salary between 1 to 1.5 million Chinese Yuan (US$155,000-232,000, NT$4.47-6.7 million), the report said.

Taiwan U19 NT in Riga


Taiwan U19 NT arrived in Riga, Latvia in the afternoon of June 27 local time and stayed at Dikli Palace Hotel. The team had a two-a-day (1p.m. and 9p.m.) on June 28 in a local high school and the tournament venue Vidzeme Olympic Center.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Taiwan to include Jeremy Lin in Asian Championship roster


Taiwan's basketball federation will include Jeremy Lin, the first Taiwanese-American in the NBA, in its 24-man preliminary roster for the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship for Men, Taiwan media quoted Chinese Taipei Basketball Association (CTBA) President Ting Shou-chung as saying.

Taiwan U19 NT departs for Latvia


Taiwan U19 national team departed for Latvia Sunday for the FIBA U19 World Championship for Men, hoping that they will pull off another miracle.

Taiwan is scheduled to meet host Latvia at 1:30a.m. July 1 Taiwan Time. Less than 17 hours later, they will meet Argentina at 9p.m. July 2 (Taiwan Time) before finishing the preliminary round against Australia at 9a.m. the next day.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Youth movement of SBL coaches

All of a sudden, a youth movement is taking place in the SBL coaching community with four of the seven head coaches are under the age of 40.

Three of these four young coaches holding the most prestigious position in Taiwanese basketball coaching fraternity were born after 1975. The other one, Pure Youth head coach and NT assistant Hsu Chin-tse, is 37 years-old.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Taiwan a underdog in FIBA U19 World Championship for Men

Here's's preview of the U19 World Championship for Men in Latvia. No doubt, Taiwan U19 NT is definitely the underdog in the tournament -- being the smallest team in the field.

Hill observes Taiwan NT's newcomers

Former NBA head coach Bob Hill, who has been hired by Taiwan as its national team technical advisor, said Monday that Jet Chang and Chou Yi-hsiang both have potential to be good but there are a lot of room for improvement for the young players.

Monday, June 20, 2011

TM introduces Chia Fan

[Picture: Chia Fan (center) and his assistant coaches Chen Huei (right), Shen Hsin-han(left)]

Taiwan Mobile officially introduced its new head coach Chia Fan Monday, hoping the young coach will lead the under-achieving team to the SBL playoffs.

Lin Chih-lung to sign with Taiwan Mobile

Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor's operational crisis has worsened after guard Lin Chih-lung said he will sign with Taiwan Mobile next season.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

SBL to relax import height limit: report


The Super Basketball League (SBL) will adopt a new height limit of 6-9 (205cm) to replace its current limit of 6-7 (200cm) in the 2011-12 season while the monthly salary cap will stay at the current US$10,000, Taiwanese media reported.

Friday, June 17, 2011

KKL could terminate sponsorship: report


Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor Inc., one of the most successful wine companies in Taiwan, could terminate its sponsorship of the SBL team, local media reported Friday.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Taiwan finishes fourth in EABC

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Taiwan was routed by China 87-53 in its last game in 2011 East Asian Basketball Championship Wednesday in Nanjing, China and finished fourth in the qualifying event for the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship for Men.

Taiwan head coach Chou Jun-san, who made his debut as head coach of the national team, said the second-unit players actually outplayed the starters, who only turned in average performance, in the tourney.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Video: EABC semi Taiwan 69-61 Korea

The video shows Taiwan's 69-61 semifinal loss to Korea in the 2011 EABC. Taiwan trailed for most of the game but was able to stay close. Wu Tai-hao's dunk in the last minute, as shown in the video clip, cut the deficit to two, 63-61. However, Taiwan did not score again.

[Correction] Taiwan to meet China in EABC

Japan upset China 72-62 yesterday in the EABC semi. So Taiwan will meet China in the bronze medal game while Korea meeting Japan for gold. My bad…

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Taiwan loses to Korea in EABC semi

Taiwan lost to South Korea 69-61 in the semifinal of the 2011 East Asian Basketball Championship Tuesday in Nanjing, China.

Taiwan is scheduled to meet Japan in the bronze medal game of the qualifying tournament for the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship for Men, which will be held in Wuhan, Hubei, China from September 15-25, in a rematch Wednesday.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Taiwan to meet Korea in 2011 EABC semi

Taiwan NT will meet Korea on June 14 in the semifinal of the 2011 East Asian Basketball Championship, the qualifying tournament for the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship, after winning the Group B in the preliminary round.

Group A winner China will meet Japan, which finished second in Group B, in the other semifinal game.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Taiwan beats Mongolia, wins Asian Championship seed

Taiwan defeated Mongolia 85-71 Saturday in Nanjing, China to win Group B in the 2011 East Asian Basketball Championship and virtually secure a berth in the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship for Men.

Friday, June 10, 2011

EABC: Taiwan beat Japan 75-74

Chen Hsin-an made two free-throws with 0.8 seconds left in the game as Taiwan defeated Japan 75-74 Friday in the opening game of the 2011 East Asian Basketball Championship, which serves as the qualifying tourney for the Asian Championship, in Nanjing, China.

The victory marked the first win for Taiwan NT head coach Chou Jun-san, who debut with the national team Friday. The Japan game was also Taiwan's first game under the guidance of technical advisor Bob Hill, a former NBA head coach.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Video: Hill speaks to Taiwan NT

(via Technical consultant Bob Hill spoke to Taiwan NT before a practice session.

The video was filmed by Taiwanese entertainer Blackie, a former basketball player. He is now marketing manager of Taiwan Beer.

Monday, June 06, 2011

Lin pulls out of Taiwan's EABC roster

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[Chen Shun-hsiang]

Forward Lin Chih-chieh will sit out the East Asian Basketball Championship after his grandmother passed away last week, according to Taiwan NT head coach Chou Jun-san.

Sunday, June 05, 2011

History of Taiwan women's NT in FIBA Asia Championship for Women

(Year, Host City, Ranking)
2009 Chennai, India 4th
2007 Incheon, Korea 4th
2005 Qinhuangdao, China 3rd
2004 Sendai, Japan 4th
2001 Bangkok, Thailand 4th
1999 Shizuoka, Japan 3rd
1997 Bangkok, Thailand 4th
1995 Shizuoka, Japan 4th
1994 Sendai, Japan 4th
1992 Seoul, Korea 4th
1990 Singapore 4th
1988 Hong Kong 3rd
1986 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 3rd

Schedule of 2011 FIBA Asia Championship for Women released

FIBA Asia released the schedule of the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship for Women Sunday as Taiwan is scheduled to meet India in its first game of the biennial tourney, which will be played in Omura, Nagasaki, Japan from August 21-28.

Taiwan national teams 2011 schedule


The CTBA will be sending out seven national teams this year for eight international competitions:

East Asian Basketball Championship, June 10-15, Nanjing, China
FIBA Asia Championship, September 15-25, Wuhan, Hubei, China
FIBA U19 World Championship, June 30-July 10, Latvia
FIBA Asia U16 Championship, October 18-28, Nha Trang, Vietnam

FIBA Asia Championship, August 21-28, Nagasaki, Japan
World University Games, August 12-23, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
FIBA U19 World Championship, July 21-31, Chile
FIBA Asia U16 Championship, October 5-12, Urumqi, Xinjiang, China

Yang could join Tseng in Shanghai next season: report


SBL Finals MVP Yang Ching-min of Taiwan Beer could join former Yulon center Tseng Wen-ting to play for Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese League CBA (Chinese Basketball Association) next season, local media reported.

Bob Hill arrives in Taipei

Former NBA head coach Bob Hill arrived in Taipei Saturday and wasted no time to function as Taiwan NT's technical consultant by observing the team's practice on the same day.

The veteran coach told reporters that he would have to attend more practices before making the initial assessment. The 62-year-old coach did say the team committed too many turnovers in the practice.

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Chia to be named Taiwan Mobile head coach: report

Jia Fan

Min Dao University head coach Chia Fan is expected to be named the new head coach of the Taiwan Mobile basketball team, local media reported.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Jeremy Lin mulling to play for Taiwan: report


Golden State Warriors guard Jeremy Lin does not rule out the possibility to play for Taiwan in Asian competitions after meeting with Ting Shou-chung, the President of the Chinese Taipei Basketball Association (CTBA), last week in San Francisco, local media reported.