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Pierce teaching basketball in China

Staff Report

Bob Pierce, former coach of the bj-league’s Shiga Lakestars, Akita Northern Happinets and Sendai 89ers, is the head instructor for Five-Star Sports China’s Longgang facility in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province.

This job, which started in April, enables Pierce to help develop the next generation of Chinese players and coaches.

In a recent story in the Shenzhen Standard, Pierce was quoted as saying, “One main reason (I’m here) is that I really wanted to come back to China. The kids here really love basketball, and so Five-Star gives me the chance to do two things I really like, coach basketball, and enjoy China’s culture and language.

“As well, I have seen Five-Star grow so much already, and I thought I could help it continue to grow and create more opportunities for young Chinese coaches.”