Last season, it became normal to see a fight every week in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). This year, Jeremy Tyler broke the ice with the league’s first official 2015-2016 bench clearing brawl.
Up one with just under seven minutes to go in the game, Bayi was pressing hard. Fujian cleared the lane to let Tyler post up. Bayi defenders were not letting him get inside position. Once Tyler gathered the ball he made a strong move to the basket before a hard foul sent him to the free throw line.
Instead of shooting the free throws, Tyler decided to drop the gloves and take on the entire Bayi 81 (Chinese Army) team. He would be ejected from the game. The benches cleared as photographers and fans stormed the court while the army security stayed back and watched it all take place. A couple punches were thrown but nothing to serious. No suspensions have been issued by the CBA.
They let you play over there (China). – Kobe Bryant
The Jeremy Tyler project
The future looked promising for young Jeremy Tyler. He announced after his junior year in high school that he committed to the University of Louisville on a full basketball scholarship. After talking to an agent that promised him a pro contract overseas, he changed his mind on Louisville and changed his mind on education dropping out of high school to sign in Israel. He lasted only ten games before moving back to the States for personal reasons. He averaged two points and one rebounds in seven minutes per game.
Later that year (2010), Tyler signed a contract with a Japanese team in the BJ-League. In 33 games, he averaged 9 points a game. Not outstanding for someone who decided to drop out of school and play pro ball. Nevertheless, he was making more money than most 18 year olds.
The Golden State Warrios (via trade) drafted Tyler 39th overall in the 2011 NBA draft. And from 2011 to 2014, Tyler bounced around NBA and NBA D-League teams. In total, from 2011 to 2014, Tyler made $2.3 million dollars playing in 104 NBA games. That’s $22,115 per game, not bad.
Last season, Tyler bankrolled over $1 million playing in China. This year, he’s back again to collect his RMBs with Fujian. Tyler is on his eleventh team in his pro basketball career, and he’s only 24-years-old.