Nuggets News: Chandler leads Zhejiang Lions to playoffs

It’s official. Wilson Chandler’s Chinese Basketball Association team, the Zhejiang Lions, has made the playoffs behind a 41-point, 18-rebound effort (be advised, the audio in the link is graphic) by Chandler. CBA Playoffs don’t begin until Feb. 22 at which time the seventh seeded Lions will face Stephon Marbury and the Beijing Ducks. First-round playoff series in China are best of five. At this point, the earliest Chandler can return from China will likely be the first week of March and even then it will take some time for he and the Nuggets to work out a contract both parties agree upon. Chances are good that Chandler and Gallinari will return at about the same time which should help propel the Nuggets to more wins as they make a push for a top seed in the Playoffs. For those interested in how Chandler and his fellow American basketball cohorts have fared in China, here’s a great piece in the New York Times on this issue.

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  • Hawkeye-X

    Damn. I was hoping he’d get out of the contract early enough, but looks like Brewer’s return is helping, and AAA being out of the funk is going to at least put together a few wins while wait for Gallo and Wilson to get their sh*t together and finish the season with a very strong note.

    • Hawkeye-X

      I hope he’ll have a presence of mind to at least look decent – just saw the Youtube, and thought he looked very shaggy.

  • Daniel

    From the video, it seems Wilson is putting forth about 50% effort and he still is scoring 41 points. He had that sumo wrestler guarding him and he wasn’t even jumping on his 23 footers.

    I was hoping he’d be back to help pull through the Gallo injury, but it looks like we’re going to have to wait. Go Nuggets.

  • Omar

    well at least now, no other team can even throw him an offer, but we could really use him right now.