On August 22, 2016, Yi signed a one-year, $8 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, returning to the NBA for the first time since 2012. Lakers head coach Luke Walton considered Yi to be the team's best-shooting big man during the preseason, but did not provide Yi with much of a role. Yi averaged 3.0 points and 2.5 rebounds in 10.7 minutes per game over six contests with the Lakers during the preseason. Feeling he would have better opportunities elsewhere, Yi requested a release from the Lakers prior to the start of the regular season. The Lakers waived him on October 24, 2016.
The new agreement, effective since the start of the 2016/17 season, will for the first time ever provide fans in Taiwan with live and exclusive coverage of between three to six regular season games per week plus the All-Star and post-season games. The CBA events will be shown and made available on all Eleven Sports Network platforms in order to maximise visibility and cater towards all users.
This year, Dwight Howard of the LA Lakers is participating for the first time in 11 years, according to the NBA. He'll dunk alongside Pat Connaughton of the Milwaukee Bucks, Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic and Derrick Jones Jr., of the Miami Heat. Gordon and Jones both came in second in past contests, and this is the first time Connaughton has participated.
The 2020 CBA All-Star Weekend started in Guangzhou, capital city of south China's Guangdong Province, with the Rising Stars Challenge contest on Saturday. In the competition between the CBA's first- and second-year rookies and a team made of Chinese University Basketball Association players, the professional team beat their college opponents 83-75.
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine won the dunk contest for the second year in a row on Saturday night. Afterwards, the high-flying superstar in the making dedicated his victory to the late, great Flip Saunders, who drafted him and coached him before cancer took him from this world at the age of 60 last October.
The Pac-12 became the first United States sports league, collegiate or professional, to host a regular-season contest in China in 2015, and this year's Pac-12 China Game will help usher in the start of the 2017-18 U.S. college basketball season. The game will start at 12.30pm local Shanghai time on Saturday, Nov 11 and be televised live on ESPN in the United States and streamed live on Youku Sports. In addition to event sponsorship, Alibaba will distribute the game live via their mobile and digital distribution platforms. 2b1af7f3a8