— BOGGAN’S STATUS: Local media reported that U.S. import Mario Boggan could be released by Taiwan Mobile as early as next week due to Boggan’s subpar performance.
Boggan, who was out of Oklahoma State, has appeared in 10 of TM’s 18 games so far this season and averaged 13.3 points and 6.2 rebounds.
TM head coach Cheng Chih-lung was quoted as saying that Boggan has never lived up to TM’s expectation and his physical condition has been questionable.
Boggan will be the second import fired by Taiwan Mobile this season if he is released next week. TM let go 6-10 German-Taiwanese center Juefan Geiger earlier this year.
— YANG JOINS TB: Ex-Taiwan National Yang Yu-ming returned to Taiwan and joined Taiwan Beer after spending a season with Jilin Northeast Tigers of China’s CBA.
Yang appeared in 49 games and averaged 8.5 points, 2.2 assists and 1.3 steals in 24 minutes per game at shooting guard for Jilin, which missed the playoffs with 23 wins and 27 losses.
Two Taiwanese point guards also spent time in China this year. Wang Shin-kai turned in 6.6 points in 24 games he’s played for Yunnan Honghe Running Bulls (6-44) while Sun Hwan-bo averaged 1.5 points in eight games with Shanxi Zhongyu (26-24).
— PAY DAY FOR KKL: United Daily News reported that KKL players will — finally — get their first paychecks in almost six months since the liquor company agreed to sponsor the team.
Player salaries have been withheld by the company due to unclear status of TV broadcast negotiation. As ESPN Taiwan and SBL Committee have reached agreement once again last week, the company will be sending out paychecks, KKL team management said.
Imagine what it will be like if you haven’t got paid for a few months. Life must be difficult during the last four and a half months for KKL players. Seldom-used reserve Chang Ming-che has signed a 40-day deal to work as an A/C installer, local media reported.