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Big surprise here: Steve Francis is done in China

Posted on: December 27, 2010 12:21 pm
Edited on: December 27, 2010 12:22 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

Well, that was quick. Steve Francis is reportedly done playing professionally in China as reports are that the Beijing Shougang Ducks released Francis. His agent confirmed it to Sina Sports.

Francis played just four games with the Ducks and spent only 13 days with the team. He played 14 minutes a game and averaged only 0.5 points per game. So if you were to say it was an unsuccessful trip for Stevie Franchise, you'd be correct.

Evidently the rocky relationship between Francis and the Ducks came to a head on Christmas, which is a holiday not really recognized in China. Francis skipped the team's practice to spend time with his family and naturally, the team didn't like that. Before that, he walked out at halftime of a game a few days before and told the club he was willing to leave. Plus, Francis wasn't excited about the 14 minutes a game he was getting either.

Francis went to China to try and extend a basketball career that has been falling apart for years. China made some sense though because Francis had some name recognition left over with Chinese fans because of his time playing in Houston with Yao Ming. Reportedly ticket and merchandise sales were up since Francis arrived, but this was a relationship destined to fail.

The team though said Francis was out of shape and unable to really contribute how they hoped. Earlier in the month, the league hit Francis with a "serious warning" because of an inappropriate gesture he made on the bench.

Reportedly, Francis's deal was a one-year guaranteed contract with an option for a second season worth about $800,000.

Francis has never had the best attitude with teams or coaches so there was no reason to think this situation would be any different. Obviously he's hanging on to his basketball career by a thread and trying to get paid.

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Since: Dec 28, 2010
Posted on: December 28, 2010 9:19 am
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Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: December 28, 2010 2:22 am
 

Big surprise here: Steve Francis is done in China

Dude, why you  dissing Altoona?



Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2010 8:35 pm
 

Big surprise here: Steve Francis is done in China

Couldn't have happened to a more deserving fellow.  Francis is a whiner and a crybaby, always has been, always will be.  From the beginning of his "career" when he refused to put on the Grizzlies jersey after being drafted by them to his painful years with the Rockets I can't think of a player I've wanted to see fail epically more than him.  Maybe he can catch on with a WNBA team, hes kind of a woman anyways.



Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2010 6:16 pm
 

Big surprise here: Steve Francis is done in China

Francis was done in New York.

I wonder if you can make an an All-Has-Been team with the wreckage from the Isiah Thomas years that passed through The World's Most Famous Arena in the past ten years.

Steve Francis
Stephon Marbury
Penny Hardaway
Chris Thomas
Jerome James
Jalen Rose
Quentin Richardson
Malik Rose
Eddy Curry
Qyntel Woods
Vin Baker
Keith van Horn
Tim Thomas

The list could go on for pages, but it's too painful to relive the entire decade Undecided



Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2010 4:37 pm
 

Big surprise here: Steve Francis is done in China

My previous comment is known as sarcasm, which you obviously are lacking sir. Lighten up befoire you have a heart attack there pal.



Since: Mar 11, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2010 4:26 pm
 

Big surprise here: Steve Francis is done in China

This is one of the most idiotic comments on this site.  You are saying that Wade, Bosh, and James are NOT team players?  The fact that they are on the same team signifies that they are NOT egotistical.  They have put their egos aside for the purpose of winning a championship.  Oh, and the reason Mike Miller is not in the starting lineup is because he missed most of the season with an injury, and he hasn't hit a jump shot since returning.  And Miller is a shooting guard/small forward.  Who do you sit?  LeBron James?  Dwyane Wade?  Those guys play the same position as Mike Miller, you hoops genius. 



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2010 3:08 pm
 

Big surprise here: Steve Francis is done in China

I believe he played 14 minutes over 4 games, not 14 minutes per game. The result is still the same: he was released by a team in China. Yikes. Where do you go from there? The rec league at the YMCA in Altoona?




Since: Dec 27, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2010 3:07 pm
 

Big surprise here: Steve Francis is done in China

 From the very beginning of his pro career, Steve Francis has illustrated pure selfishness. Refusal to play for the Vancouver Grizzles
when they drafted him and with every team that he's played for. Give me a pair of scissors so I can cut that thread thus finishing
any connection he may have with basketball. The man is a loser in all respects.



Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2010 3:07 pm
 

Big surprise here: Steve Francis is done in China

And to think the Heat could sign him to be thier PG for 800k and have four egotistical franchise players and a center in thier starting lineup. Come on Riley, pull the trigger already! Would you rather have the non superstar team player that is Mike Miller in your starting lineup or a superstar who can carry a team on his back like Stevie Franchise? I rest my case.



Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2010 1:58 pm
 

Big surprise here: Steve Francis is done in China

This article says he played 14 minutes a game and averaged 0.5 ppg.  However the linked article indicates it was 14 minutes in total, over four games (less than 4 minutes per game), with two consecutive DNPs. 


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