For those of you that weren't aware, the Chinese Basketball Association wrapped up its season last week as former NBA players Lester Hudson and Marcus Haislip, now playing for the Guangdong Southern Tigers, took down Quincy Douby, James Singleton and Mengke Bateer to win the CBA Championship.
Judging by everything that I had come across earlier in the season, this seems like an upset, but it was probably more upsetting to Douby and Singleton as they apparently had to put up with some pretty strict rules all season and then weren't even able to win the championship.
As first pointed out by NiuBBall's Jon Pastuszek, and originally reported by Sina reporter Zhang Shu, Xinjiang Guanghui head coach Jiang Xingquan laid down some pretty strict rules for the players on his team: players had to turn their cell phones into the coaching staff each night, lights out was at 10 p.m., players needed permission to leave the team compound at any time and practice was held six days a week for five hours per day.
I mean, I'm sure the money is nice, but that sounds worse than the fat kids had to endure at Camp Hope with Tony Perkis!
Full list of rules after the jump.
1. During the season, all closed coil circuits must be unplugged. (Which means no T.V.)
2. During the season, all cell phones - players typically have two to three - must be handed over to the coaching staff at night.
3. Lights must be off by 10 p.m. A coach will check the rooms to enforce this rule before players go to sleep.
4. During the season, all players are not allowed to go outside of the team compound, morning, afternoon and night. If a player wants to go out, he must receive permission from a coach. After he receives permission he can leave, but must report back to the coach once he returns.
5. Players are forbidden to hold social engagements outside of the team and are strictly prohibited from drinking alcohol. Those who break this rule will be suspended from practice and fined.
6. Suspended players must write a deep self-examination. If the self-examination is not in-depth enough then the player won't be allowed to return to practice. He will also be fined one month's salary. The seriousness of the situation will then be reassessed and the suspension will either be extended or terminated.
7. Practice will be held six days a week for five hours a day. No practice on Sundays.
8. Players are encouraged to work out on their own on Sunday's, but won't be punished if they decide not to. (If they decide not to work out, they will likely be scolded).
9. Players are prohibited from smoking cigarettes.
10. Players are forbidden to chew gum during games.
11. During the season, players are forbidden to be interviewed by the media. If a player needs to be interviewed, he must receive permission from a coach.