September 14, 2010
Attention all former NBA guards who wore No. 3, scored a bunch and were drafted in the 1990s — China wants you. Stephon Marbury(notes) set the precedent, Allen Iverson(notes) is considering a trip, and now he's got a buddy who might want to split a cab with him once they land in Beijing — Steve Francis(notes). Sounds like a party.
Three-time All-Star and former Houston Rockets guard Steve Francis said on Wednesday that he hopes to play basketball in China if the condition is right.
Francis, who is loved and remembered by many Chinese fans as a superb basketball player and the "big brother" to Houston Rockets center Yao Ming(notes), said in an interview with Xinhua that he loves China and his Chinese fans.
The 33-year-old, once known as "Franchise" as the cornerstone of the Rockets', said he cannot afford to sit on the bench while he can play.
He has recovered from the injuries that had plagued the late years of his basketball career and can return to the basketball court, he said.
"I will play in China if the money is good," he said. "Coaching is also an option."
Steve Francis and China would be a perfect fit, if you ask me. Not only are the Chinese fans familiar with him from his days alongside Yao Ming, his game is exactly what they like over there — shooting, dunks and fancy passes. And considering no NBA team is jumping at the chance to add Francis, he might as well go dominate and make some money while enjoying some delicious cuisine. It's a win-win.