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Opinion: Political interests and lack of competition have hindered the development of China’s basketball talent in the years since Yao Ming’s historic 2002 draft into the NBA

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he problems include "officials within the Chinese Basketball Association inhibiting the growth of individual players in China to protect their monied investments in the domestic league [and ] officials in the ruling governmental party and the sports bureau inhibiting the overall growth of the Chinese national team in order to maintain their own slices of power and control," writes Fran Blinebury.
8 months ago
Sky Canaves
By Sky Canaves
Sky Canaves previously reported for The Wall Street Journal in Beijing and Hong Kong, where she covered media, culture, social issues, and legal affairs, and served as the founding editor and lead writer of the WSJ’s China Real Time site. Prior to becoming a journalist, Sky worked in the China corporate law practice of Baker & McKenzie, and she has also taught journalism and media law at the University of Hong Kong. She speaks Mandarin and has accumulated more than a decade's experience living, studying and working in China.
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