Friday, December 3, 2010

Mike Harris to sign for the Shanghai Sharks

Unlike a lot of guys who are coming over to China via the NBA, Mike Harris has done this before.

In 2007-08, he played for the Dongguan New Century Leopards before signing a 10-day contract in March with the Houston Rockets. Since that time, he’s had numerous call-ups from the D-League, mostly with Houston, to go alongside an NBDL MVP trophy that he was awarded last year.

Now, according to Asia-Basket, Harris is coming back to the CBA, this time with the Shanghai Sharks.  After being cut by Houston just prior to the regular season, it was reported that Harris had a contract all lined up with the Zhejiang Golden Bulls.  Since then, however, Zhejiang has moved on, signing both Mike James and Josh Boone to deals and now Harris is a Shark.

To some, coming back to play in China could be considered as a backwards move for a guy who is close to getting on a regular season roster.  But, if you were to think that, then you don’t know what’s going on down in Shanghai:  The team is owned by Yao Ming and coached by American Bob Donewald Jr., who in addition to his domestic duties, also serves as the Chinese national team coach.  In his first season as coach last year, Donewald surprised everyone by turning around a squad that had finished 6-44 the year before into a top four regular season team.

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