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Ever wondered what's Chinese for "Smush?"

January 11, 2009 |  2:42 pm

Well, the world may soon learn, since Smush Parker has bolted the states (and his NBDL Rio Grande Valley Vipers) for a stint in the Chinese Basketball Association.  The team now employing William Henry is believed to be the Guangdong. In related news, Yao Ming is not losing sleep over threatened status as the country's most popular player.  But at least if Smush isn't communicating with this particular set of teammates, a language barrier can theoretically be cited as an excuse.

It's also interesting to hear perspective from the Viper play-by-play man Alex Del Barrio about Parker's time with the squad.

Its no secret that Smush didn't really gel with this Viper squad. He was lackadaisical with the ball, (leading the league in turnovers) had spurts where he didn't get his team mates involved, rarely passed the ball into the low post, and took horrible shots. Some games he was great but to sum it up the only thing he was ever consistent in, was being inconsistent. His NBA shot may not have passed him by, he is still a great athlete, but for this season Smush has to focus on why he is struggling and fix that. He will have a chance to do that in China now.

The parts about inconsistency and needing to take an honest look at the causes for struggle have a certain "deja vu all over again" feeling.  All jokes about the guy aside, it is kinda sad to see a guy rob himself of an NBA opportunity because of a continual failure to "get it."