Chinese player runs for his life after cheap shot on Maxiell

Jason Maxiell has had enough. After spending 10 years in the NBA, he was off to China to make good money and extend his career. But now he’s just had enough. His team, the Tianjin Gold Lion*s* (they don’t put an “s” on their logo so I’m correcting it for them), have won eight games out of 34. He’s in a bad position, on a bad team, with a teammate (Jordan Crawford) who overshadowed him by dropping a 72-point game earlier this year.

So with Tianjin officially eliminated from any playoff contention, Maxiell just wants to go home. And when a guy who’s 6’7″ – 260 lbs wants to go home, you might want to stay away from cheap/dangerous fouls. So when Wu Ke of the Shandong Flaming Bulls ran full court to close-line Maxiell before his shot attempt, the bell rang and the match began – Maxiell (6’7″ – 260 lbs) vs. Wu Ke (6’10” – 220 lbs) – but Wu Ke wanted nothing to do with Maxiell who threw the first punch after nearly getting his head taken off. Maxiell runs towards Wu Ke who sprints to the other end of the court away from Maxiell.

Finally, Shandong foreigner Michael Beasley gives Maxiell the “it’s almost over man, it’s not worth it, forget these cheap Chinese players, get your money and go home” talk. Cooler heads would prevail as Shandong would go on to the 119-97 victory.

Nick Bedard (@bedardnick) is the editor-in-chief of

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