The rise of China’s basketball

From left are Coach Danny Piepoli, Yao Ming, Coach Richard Marquis, and Coach Charles Carter.

Yao Ming and his closest basketball associate, Lu Hao, are on the move to continue improving China’s status in the world of competitive basketball. Mr. Ming has already brought China’s interest and recognition in basketball to an unbelievable level through his dominance in China’s Olympic participation and through his other relationship with the NBA and the Houston Rockets. China’s interest in basketball has been greatly elevated through the passion of both Mr. Ming and Mr. Hao, a long-time business associate and friend. Currently, there is a greater effort to increase China’s basketball development to an even higher status.

Mr. Ming has recently become the person in charge of his country’s development as China’s newest basketball chairman and the director of basketball operations. One of his goals is to use this opportunity to develop China’s overall youth basketball skill that will turn China into a greater and stronger future challenger, so China can compete at a much higher global level.      

One of the local San Gabriel Valley youth basketball development training programs, The Play Smarter Basketball Classes (PSB), has been traveling to different parts of Asia, conducting their training camps for each of the past 15 summers. This summer, Coach Marquis, founder of PSB, and his staff have just returned from several of their Asian summer camps that were located in six different areas throughout Mainland China. Their last camp was for Mr. Ming and Mr. Hao’s newly formed National Youth Basketball Open (NYBO), a youth training and competition development program. Coach Marquis and his coaching staff were asked by Mr. Hao to be involved by sharing their PSB development philosophy to their programs 100 plus coaches.

The NYBO has been designed to somewhat mimic America’s oldest, largest, and most successful development youth program, the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). Mr. Ming and Mr. Hao’s basketball staff in China has met with the AAU in Florida and have already begun to implement similar methods in their NYBO program. They have designed this new program to help further develop China’s youth and lower level basketball teams throughout China and have achieved great success during the launch of their first NYBO 2018 summer completions.  

Coach Marquis and his local PSB classes have been asked to possibly continue to work with China’s new, outstanding development program, and possibly even bring some of their teams and students to the NYBO 2019 summer camp.  

Coach Marquis believes that these two very dedicated and experienced basketball minds will bring a greater, all-round improvement in Chinese youth basketball development in the very near future, causing swifter improvement in overall basketball skill levels throughout China.


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Jan 2022


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