Yao Ming reveals innovative plan to reform China's basketball league, national team

By Menahem Zen / 2017.04.18
Yao Ming arrives at the Great Hall of the People to attend the opening ceremony of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) on March 3, 2017 in Beijing, China.

Yao Ming revealed his plan to revolutionize the basketball league in China to become the world class league. The new president of Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) has also elaborated a plan to manage the national basketball team.

Ming's plan to revolutionize the CBA is derived from his 10 years of experience as the NBA players. The 36-year-old former Houston Rockets center was elected unanimously to lead the CBA on Feb. 23 during the CBA congress. He is expected to bring the balance of power between the government officials who sits in the CBA and the team owners, in terms of voting powers for the league decision and marketing deals.

In the first step, CBA league will begin to divide its teams into two conferences, as reported by ESPN. Furthermore, Ming will establish a standard set of rule to govern the league, similar to the NBA, including the players draft, players' free agency rule and salaries rules that include salary caps

His plan has received support from Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China, Liu Yandong, according to China Daily. In her speech during the CBA meeting on Tuesday, April 11, Vice Premier Liu expressed her support for the Ming's reform plan

"A country's prowess in ball games such as soccer and basketball reflects its status as a world sporting power," Vice Premier Liu said in her speech. "So the governing body should continue to develop basketball through reform to contribute to that quest."

The CBA will also develop a competitive climate for the players to play in the Chinese national team. For the upcoming 2019 FIBA World Cup and 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, CBA will prepare two national teams. Both teams will compete against each other before they are assembled into one team in 2019.

This will increase the competitive level for the players and coaches, as the two teams will be treated equally. Since Ming took the office of CBA in February, he has set his goal to improve the Chinese basketball. Watch the report regarding his determination from Chinese Global Television Network below:

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