Last updated at: (Beijing Time) Tuesday, April 30, 2002
Basketball Chief Defends Rule on Yao's NBA Salaries
Apparently disgusted at media's stirring-&-frying on possible splitting of Yao Ming's NBA salaries, Chinese basketball chief Xin Lancheng advised media on Monday not to dwell on how the 7-foot-5 (2.25- meter) star's salaries will be split, warning too much coverage on the matter "does no good to both Chinese basketball and Yao Ming".
Chinese basketball chief Xin Lancheng apparently disgusted at media buildup on possible splitting of Yao Ming's NBA salaries.
The chairman of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) advised media on Monday not to dwell on how the 7-foot-5 (2.25- meter) star's salaries will be split, warning too much coverage on the matter "does no good to both Chinese basketball and Yao Ming".
Xin said the CBA has issued on April 5 two regulations, which state the Chinese players overseas must hand over 30 percent of earnings to the CBA, 10 percent to the players' home cities or provinces and the remaining 10 percent to the State General Administration of Sports.
Shanghai Morning Post criticized the regulations as " complicating and confusing Yao's NBA future" in its Wednesday's edition.
Yao is expected to be among the top five picks in June 26's NBA draft.
Another newspaper predicts if Yao plays in NBA for 10 years, half of his earnings will be enough to host as many seasons of the CBA league.
"It is a common practice for players overseas to hand over part of their earnings," said Xin. "Zheng Haixia gave half of her earnings from WNBA."
When asked if the rule had applied to the two Chinese players already in the NBA, Dallas Mavericks forward Wang Zhizhi and Denver Nuggets center Menk Bateer, Xin said without further elaboration: "They are discussing with us."