Then the next day, I suddenly realized that the rocket had sent Zhou Qi to the Venomous Snake Team of the Development League. Zhou Qi apparently received the news ahead of time the night before. He was so depressed that he was not in the mood to face the Chinese journalists. Sure enough, he then posted a touching microblog on his social media, I hope I can keep a positive attitude. It turned out that it was Zhou Qis only game so far this season in the Rockets, maybe the last one.
There is no doubt that Zhou Qis dismissal has also brought his basketball career to a crossroads that make him hesitate - where to go, his choice, and his opportunities and creations.
The rockets layoff of Zhou Qi means that their investment in the latter has failed. As I said before, I have reported that the NBA has lasted for more than 20 years and interviewed the NBA on the spot for more than 10 years. It can be said that the Rockets have spared no effort to train Zhou Qi, who was signed in the 43rd rank of the second round in 2016. Zhou Qi didnt come to the NBA in his first year and played in Xinjiang. The Rockets sent their trainer Jimmy to China to accompany Zhou Qi and help him grow and develop. Coming to the rocket, Jimmy is still mainly responsible for Zhou Qis training, so that the Rockets call Zhou Qi Jimmys Boy. Although Zhou Qi played only 18 games last season, averaging 6.6 minutes per game and 1.3 points and 1.2 rebounds per game, the Rockets have a clear heart for his cultivation. The Rockets have the opportunity to let Zhou Qi play, and they have no opportunity to send him to the Development League, so that he can exercise himself through actual combat. Zhou Qi was injured in the Development League and was recalled. Jimmy was still in charge of his rehabilitation and training.
Therefore, the rocket moved killing heart this time, cutting Zhou Qi, I use shock to describe, because there is no sign. The Rocket team is very satisfied with Zhou Qis meticulous training. Whether in the NBA Summer League this year or in the Indonesian Asian Games on behalf of the Chinese Mens Basketball Team, the Rocket management is very satisfied. Whether Morey, the general manager of the teams personnel operation, or Dantony, the Rocket manager, praises Zhou Qis performance. So, before some media or colleagues asked me about Zhou Qis prospects in the Rockets this season, whether the Rockets will move Zhou Qi through the transaction, I firmly said no. Whether trading or laying off Zhou Qi, the salary space saved is very small. Zhou Qis base salary is less than 1.4 million. Now laying off Zhou Qi can only save less than 900,000 salary space and pay less than 1.54 million luxury taxes, which is really insignificant.
There are two reasons why rockets hurt their killers. First, like Zhou Qi, who expressed his understanding of the rockets pressing pursuit of achievement after his dismissal, the rocket won the regular season championship last season, the Western Final and the subsequent defending champion to the seventh Western Final. The only goal of the new season is to win the championship. On the contrary, they started badly and urgently needed to reinforce themselves by trading towards the middle of the season. Cutting Zhou Qi could save a players place for the team. Secondly, yesterday I interviewed Jonathan Fegan, the most senior journalist with the Rockets for more than 20 years. He said that Zhou Qi could not get a chance even if he stayed at the Rockets. He signed a non-guarantee contract with the Rockets, lagging behind Hardenstein in the rotation sequence of the rockets. As a future project of the rockets, it is difficult for him to win playing time. The Rockets believe what they want, and Zhou Qi is not in their rotation.
On the one hand, this is Zhou Qis bad luck. After the beginning of this season, he suffered successive injuries, and lost his chance at the end of the season. The situation is really bad. In addition, Zhou Qi was injured many times last season, which inevitably made the team mutter, doubting Zhou Qis physical fitness and resilience. On the other hand, where Zhou Qi has been criticized since he came to the NBA is Skinny (thin), not enough Strong, which is a label he cant tear off. Zhou Qi has been in the Rockets for more than a year. Although he has become strong through strength training, it is still difficult to make a big improvement, which leads to another decline in the rotation ranking of the rocket interior. The fifth place after Capella, Nene, Hardenstein and Chris has become worse than the usual chicken ribs of last season. As a result, the team has definitely abandoned it.
This is very impressive about the cruelty and ruthlessness of the NBA. In October of this years China Tournament, the Chinese player Ding Yanyuhang played on behalf of the solo swordsman in the pre-season competition with 76 people, which became the focus of attention. I talked to Tim McMahon, a Dallas-based journalist from the Mavericks who came to China for interviews, who often came to Houston to interview the Rockets because of the low performance of the lone ranger and the strong rise of the Rockets in the past two years. I asked him about Ding Yanyuhangs prospects for signing a contract with Lone Traveller. He shook his head categorically. Its impossible. Theres no chance at all. Zero can be used to describe it. The best possibility is that Ding and Lone Traveller sign a two-way contract. Asked about Zhou Qis prospects in the Rockets, he was also not optimistic. I think the new season, like the previous season, will play more in the development league, the chance to play in the Rockets is very slim.
Dont rockets and lone Rangers know that the Chinese market is so huge that they dont intentionally train Zhou Qi and Ding Yanyuhang? Ha-ha, I think this is only a small factor, we all know that the Chinese market is very big, the NBA is very important. But for the NBA team is very realistic, that is, record and strength, if players can help the team well, then he will win a place, if not, even Chinese players, will not be in the team foothold. Faced with my half-joking question, McMahon gave his own point of view.
Indeed. This is also an unbreakable fact proved by history. From Wang Zhizhi, Bartel, Sun Yue and Yi Jianlian, who failed to hit the NBA twice, they have repeatedly demonstrated that the legendary Chinese market is only a driving force, not a fundamental determinant. Even rockets with a long history with China have no exception. As a role player and marginal position, if you want to seize the opportunity, you can only play hard to show yourself, become a hot microwave oven on the court, impress the coach in the fastest time, help the team, there is no other way. This is also a big lesson left by many Chinese players who failed in the NBA.
Zhou Qi worked hard, kept a low profile, and had his own grievances. He often represents the rocket as soon as he gets off the plane and returns to his place of residence, and receives notification of being sent to the Development Alliance, so he rushes to pack up his bags and go to the city where the Development Alliance is located. Everything came suddenly, but in fact, in the NBA, how many players can the team take care of their personal affairs and emotions everywhere? In early December, I went to Jinan to interview Shandong Mens Basketball Teams big foreign aid Motaiyunas. Former Rocket veteran, who was in the first round of 2011, had a bursting momentum in the third season of the Rockets. He scored 20 + points in many single games, ranking eighth among the fastest-growing players. But he eventually left the rocket with great disappointment. In December 2016, the rocket finally announced that it had given up Motai on the grounds of medical examination, and the two sides broke up unhappy. Now, recalling his rocket experience, Motay said he had not received any respect. I invested a lot in Shandong and got a lot of respect. A few years ago, I made the same effort in Houston, but I didnt feel any respect.
Where to go is now the number one puzzle for Zhou Qi. If he stays in the United States and waits for opportunities, there are many variables, as well as challenges ahead. If you come back, in the words of Gore, a former Xinjiang coach and now an assistant coach, Zhou Qiruo will rule the CBA when he comes back. This summer, he told Netease Sports reporter in Macao, I dont know what the criteria of dominance are, but I think he was the level of dominance before he left. Think about blocking, scoring, can attack under the basket, can shoot three points, who can do both blocking and long shot? If he cant rule the CBA, then he cant go to the NBA. If he goes back to the CBA, he will definitely rule the league, which is beyond doubt. Laozi has no regrets. For Zhou Qi, another great test has begun. Source: Netease Sports Author: Zhang Qiang Responsible Editor: Ouyang Shun_NS4899
Where to go is now the number one puzzle for Zhou Qi. If he stays in the United States and waits for opportunities, there are many variables, as well as challenges ahead. If you come back, in the words of Gore, a former Xinjiang coach and now an assistant coach, Zhou Qiruo will rule the CBA when he comes back. This summer, he told Netease Sports reporter in Macao, I dont know what the criteria of dominance are, but I think he was the level of dominance before he left. Think about blocking, scoring, can attack under the basket, can shoot three points, who can do both blocking and long shot? If he cant rule the CBA, then he cant go to the NBA. If he goes back to the CBA, he will definitely rule the league, which is beyond doubt.
Laozi has no regrets. For Zhou Qi, another great test has begun.