Marcus Douthit goes to China... FOSHAN NAMAN!



Naturalized Smart-Gilas monster Marcus Douthit is China-bound.

Which is good... actually.

The gigantic powerhouse will continue to learn the ways of Chinese basketball, and Asian basketball in general, as he was signed to a five-month contract with the Chinese Basketball Association’s Foshan Dralions.

Question...

What the hell is a dralion?


A dralion illustration. 


Anyway, it was in China where Douthit impressed the Smart-Gilas officials and that led to his eventual signing. This ended the long and tedious import search that brought us CJ Giles and Jamal Sampson. I am looking forward in seeing Douthit in action for the Nationals in 2012 to prepare for the 2013 FIBA-Asia Championship just like I am bent to see Rajko Toroman donning the Philippine colors at the sidelines. The 2011 stint ended up as disappointing but it was enough to send the Philippines back to Asia’s elite. If there is something good about the FIBA-Asia official Hagop, it’s that he is bent on taking out the fake players. Qatar was hit the worst in the last staging and I’m guessing they need to produce new blood right now because five Qataris with Brazilian heritages won’t cut it.

The PBA will now offer their players readily but if I was the Smart-Gilas management, I’m going to get the players that:

1 – A team that is at least 50 percent college and is 50 percent pro.
2 – A team that is 12-player strong that has a key lineup for a particular country.
3 – A team that has a go-to-scorer, a fearless operator, a long bomber, and a massive inside presence that loves to operate on the post.
4 – A team that can train regardless of time and place and management.

The Foshan Dralions logo
Douthit and Chris Tiu are the only ones bound to return to the Nationals. Aldrech Ramos and Greg Slaughter can play for Smart-Gilas but they also have the freedom to go for the 2012 PBA Draft (Slaughter can also return to Ateneo as well). Talk N Text have on their roster Jimmy Alapag and Jason Castro at the point spot, Jared Dillinger, Ranidel De Ocampo, and Kelly Williams at the forward spot, and perhaps a mature Japeth Aguilar at the center spot. Meralco on the other hand has perhaps an improved version of Jason Ballesteros, and the tag team of Solomon Mercado and Mac Cardona. Asi Taulava has retired from international play.

I honestly think the lack of a go-to-guy in the shooting guard spot led to the downfall of Team Pilipinas. This was seriously evident at the Korea match. Dondon Hontiveros who returned to the San Miguel Corporation could have been a factor.

As for the other teams, I’m sensing on paper they’ll agree to lend their players but I’m hoping the SMC squads can lend their players especially with former SBP head Noli Eala now manning the SMC forefront.

Good luck to Marcus Douthit in Foshan. Apparently he will also be joined by NBA lockout victim Tracy McGrady.

Just do me a favor and whip the hell of those Denver Nuggets players that if and when the NBA lockout ends will not play for their respective teams because of the tied commitment they had with the CBA.

Yes Douthit... show Wilson Chandler, JR Smith, and Kenyon Martin the stuff that made you awesome.

Game over.

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