Per KBL’s rule, each team may only enlist two foreign players. They treat you well. In other words, teams cannot sign whomever they wish from an international pool of basketball players—they are limited to two international players apiece, divided between first-round and second-round picks. Although Arnold was reportedly to have only obtained his Vietnam passport in 2017, he has been playing for the team since 2014, hence him meeting the three years residency requirement to qualify as a local player.

This was confirmed by the Macau Black Bears (formerly known as Chongson Kungfu) deciding to hire 2017/2018 Season Heritage Import MVP, Fil-Am Mikh McKinney for the upcoming season. [READ HERE]         2) Top 5 Most Bizarre Ice Creams From Asia [READ HERE]         3) […].

Write CSS OR LESS and hit save. The league was suspended on March 13 due to Covid-19. There is a possibility that this year’s draft might be the last, with the league possibly pursuing a free agent system starting next summer. The KBL’s annual draft—held at the Palms Casino Resort— offers a unique structure to say the least. Last year, KBL veteran Rod Benson, who won two championships with the Ulsan Mobis Phoebus, was booted from the team for lackadaisical play according to the Guardian.

The upcoming season, teams will have to adhere to an overall team salary cap including it’s local players. The basketball club will analyze all registered players who meet the requirements and may contact the players that it considers have a higher projection to perform a level test. Sources have indicated to us that it would now be the prerogative of each team if they wished to select a heritage import as one of their three world imports. International basketball abroad has been known to lack the glamour and allure of the National Basketball Association here in the U.S. Character Media is a subsidiary of London Trust Media. The “You can go through hell in Europe sometimes. It’s all good.”, 21-Year-Old South Korean Lee Jong-hyun to Test NBA Waters, Closer to Barcelona Debut, Lee Seung-Woo Calls Out His Critics, 1) The Best Nail Salon in Korea? For example, Alab Pilipinas’s heritage import, Lawrence Domingo would be eligible to play for Alab Pilipinas as a local player despite not holding a Filipino passport, by way of his mother who has born in the Philippines. CTRL + SPACE for auto-complete. By submitting your email, you agree our Terms and Privacy Notice and to receive email correspondence from us. These are the changes and updates that ASEAN Sports have heard of:-, Three World Imports, Heritage Imports Category Scrapped.

And then you go to Korea, and they’re on time with the money. All of which goes to indicate, the KBL holds honor and respect towards authority in higher regard than sheer performance. A team currently competing in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL), looking for players between 16 and 25 years to join the squad of their first team. Both players heritage are by way of China with Ma’s parents being born in China and King being born in China. This revelation was also confirmed by a recent Facebook posting by the Singapore Slingers, that the league has scrapped the heritage imports slot and now allow teams to select up to three world imports. In the NBA, in comparison, a player won’t get axed immediately if he’s a big contributor. Established in 2009, the league has grown over the years and now has a total of 10 teams from different countries. Considering the NBA’s minimum annual salary for rookies is approximately $500,000, a salary of $20,000 to $30,000 per month for a player in the KBL isn’t too shabby. Copyright © 2020 London Trust Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved. ‌• After being selected by a team, players are immediately taken into a private conference room where they are expected to sign their contracts on the spot. In the past months leading up the upcoming ninth season for the ASEAN Basketball League, speculation has been heavy on updates to the league’s import rulings and eligibility of local players.

The KBL’s odd drafting process has been a divisive issue even among the league’s teams, according to the Guardian. The past seasons of ABL would impose a salary cap only on the team imports to ensure a sense of parity and balance among the talent levels of the league’s imports. As of press time, the league has yet to make an official announcement on these changes. Despite Macau and Hong Kong citizens holding different passports from China citizens, sources also indicated that the league will allow the three teams from this region, Zhuhai Wolf Warriors (China), Macau Black Bears and Hong Kong Eastern to use players with heritage from these three countries as locals due to Macau and Hong Kong’s definition as a Special Administrative Region of China.

Established in 2009, the league has grown over the years and now has a total of 10 teams from different countries. This would be confirmed by the Macau Black Bears signing NCAA experienced players, Kane Ma and Derek King . The league features 10 teams, which play 54 total regular season games. Though its draft process is unconventional, the KBL nevertheless is known to be one of the more professional international basketball associations. In the past months leading up the upcoming ninth season for the ASEAN Basketball League, speculation has been heavy on updates to the league’s import rulings and eligibility of local players. Sources would also indicate to ASEAN Sports that the definition of a local player for the upcoming season would see some changes.

Although things have been going downhill for the ABL, several decision-makers denied that the league will be cancelled. We use cookies to offer you a better browsing experience, analyze site traffic, personalize content, and serve targeted advertisements. For the past four seasons, the league has allowed teams to have two world imports and two heritage imports. San Miguel Alab Pilipinas (under the corporate name Pilipinas Basketball Club, Inc. or PBCI) is a Filipino basketball team currently playing in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) under the sponsorship of San Miguel Corporation.The team is owned and managed by the sports talent management firm, Virtual Playground, headed by talent agents Dondon Monteverde and Charlie Dy.

In an article published on Hong Kong sports website, UPower, the Vice President of the 2016/2017 champions, Eastern Basketball, Frankie Yau Wing Keung made a statement that the league has decided to allow only three world imports for the upcoming season. ASEAN Sports aims to provide fans with comprehensive coverage of sports throughout the SEA region. However, for many American basketball players making a living playing for a foreign league, the Korean Basketball League’s (KBL) annual Las Vegas draft is a lucrative way to extend their careers while earning a solid five-figure salary per month. The KBL, which was formed in 1997, operates on an October through April playing schedule. A heritage import is defined as a player who has at least one parent who is or was a passport holder of a country that participates in the ABL. One athlete, Davon Jefferson, was kicked off the Changwon LG Sakers last season for stretching during the playing of Korea’s national anthem during playoffs.

If you continue to use this site, you consent to our use of cookies. A majority of these foreign additions come from the U.S. Salaries in the Spanish League are temporarily for this season gross income (before taxes), due to the economic crisis, so don't get confused by that if the numbers look different, as some sites list the gross amount wrongly as the net amount for Spanish ACB League players. Once they’re signed and enlisted with a team, some American athletes have experienced a culture shock of sorts according to the Times.

As recently written about in the New York Times, the annual KBL draft offers plenty of incentives—not to mention idiosyncrasies—for American athletes looking to make their mark abroad.

Other media reports suggest Benson was cut for demanding more money, an allegation the player vehemently denied in this Haps Magazine article. An example of this scenario would be Saigon Heat’s David Arnold. The other five teams are the Brunei Barracudas, the Kuala Lumpur Dragons, the Philppine Patriots, Satria Muda BritAma (Indonesia) and the Thailand Tigers. THE Asean Basketball League is here to stay despite uncertainties caused by the by the Covid-19 pandemic. Because of the league’s desire to spread talent out, it has eschewed a free-agent market in favor of a draft. This revelation was also confirmed by a recent Facebook, Photo credits to Onvisa Thewpaingarm, Rocky Padilla, Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images, Ethan Telfair Joins Macau Black Bears with Short-Term Contract, Malaysia Hoops Challenge Happens In September.