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Sun Ming Ming's Debut

In case you weren't among the sold-out crowd of 1,800 that saw Sun Ming Ming's Maryland Nighthawks debut against the Strong Island Sound on Saturday, here are the particulars. The 7-foot-9 center had 8 points and 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. Seems like a fairly solid debut, until you remember that formerly academically ineligible University of Delaware product Andrew "Spongebob" Washington had 32 and 8 in that game. Nevertheless, ABA CEO Joe Newman remains convinced that Sun will "be in the NBA shortly."

(Also, the team's Fan of the Month, a 9-year-old named Carter, likes ABA action because "It's just like an NBA game, but the score is higher." Problem is, this is a tough market to make that claim. Saturday's Sound-Nighthawks game, for example, featured a grand total of five more points than Saturday's Lakers-Wizards game. The Nighthawks have averaged 112.4 ppg over their past 11 games; the Wiz average 107.0 ppg. So I guess Fan of the Month Carter is technically right, but it's not a huge difference.)

(And exactly where does Newsday get off referring to Big Gheorghe as a "monstrosity?" That's legitimately offensive.)

(By the way, does anyone remember when Slate ran a story saying that Yao Ming would "never approach Rik Smits' achievements, such as they were?")

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 5, 2007; 10:31 AM ET
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Newsday is now on the list...

Posted by: GTB | February 5, 2007 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Ray Romano must be stopped!

Posted by: Unsilent Majority | February 5, 2007 11:34 AM | Report abuse

i was at that game.

man, sun ming ming was awful. slow and generally out of shape. half the times he didn't even cross half court.

dude is tall though.

Posted by: fish dude | February 5, 2007 12:30 PM | Report abuse

I was also at the game. In fact, I served as the Public Address Announcer for the night. I agree that Sun is slow, but he didn't look totally lost out there, and he showed the possibility of a decent shooting touch from 10 feet in.

He is definitely worlds away from the NBA at this moment, but in another couple of years, who knows?

Posted by: Gary Digital Williams | February 5, 2007 12:55 PM | Report abuse

"Strong Island"? seriously?

Posted by: jamie | February 5, 2007 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Apparently jamie has never listened to de la soul or public enemy.

Posted by: tmc | February 5, 2007 2:12 PM | Report abuse

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