Another NBA star is off to China. This is becoming a fortnightly thing, isn’t it?
MICHAEL BEASLEY IS OFF TO CHINA
Michael Beasley’s time in the NBA and his spell with the Memphis Grizzlies [which lasted less than a month] is over after he signed a deal in China.
Beasley has signed 1-year-deal with the Yao Ming-owned Shanghai Sharks.
Via Yahoo Sports:
Beasley had come to the Grizzlies’ camp on a non-guaranteed deal and his chances of making the opening night roster were still uncertain. The opportunity to accept a lucrative one-year deal with Shanghai proved too difficult to pass on.
Beasley hadn’t been well enough to travel with Memphis on its current two-game preseason road trip, and as one team official said, “That was going to make it much harder for him to make the team.”
Once the CBA season ends in March, Beasley will be free to sign with an NBA team.
JAMES FELT AWKWARD AT D-WADE’S WEDDING
A month after LeBron left for Cleveland, he went back to Miami to attend Dwayne Wade’s wedding. James, not to his surprise didn’t feel comfortable there.
Before he headed to South America for another NBA globalization tour, LeBron James joked that the league wanted to guarantee he’d be on this promotional trip, so it scheduled the Cleveland Cavaliers to play the Miami Heat months before he even became a free agent. […] “They made sure it’d be the two teams I’d sign with,” James said with a smile.
James flew in [for the wedding] to be there for his friend Wade, but apparently had to play a bit of a wallflower role. He never made his way over to Chris Bosh’s table because Bosh said James hasn’t spoken to him since he decided to sign with the Cavs in July. Though maybe it should’ve been Bosh who came up to speak with James; his decision to sign in Cleveland immediately saw the Heat increase their offer to Bosh by perhaps as much as $30 million. At the very least, Bosh could’ve sent over a drink.
James later told friends that having to share the same room with Heat president Pat Riley was uncomfortable that night. It stands to reason it was probably hard to make eye contact with Heat owner Micky Arison or coach Erik Spoelstra as well.
JUSTIN BIEBER WORKS OUT FOR STELLA AZZURRA
Justin Bieber was recently in Italy and asked if he could run with a Serie B team while in the capital.
Bieber showed up at Stella Azzurra’s facilities and asked the coach of the team, Gaetano D’Arcangeli, if he could have a chance to practice with the other young players. D’Arcangeli agreed.
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