China and Brazil's national basketball teams had an exhibition match in Xuchang, Henan province but the exhibition game soon turned out ugly because of some foul play that wasn't called on by the referee. Enjoy the footage ha ha!
China-Brazil basketball 'friendly' cut short by brawl (AFP) – 9 hours ago
BEIJING — A bench-clearing brawl put an end to a friendly match between China and Brazil just as the Chinese basketball squad vies to limber up for the upcoming Asian Games on home soil.
The fight erupted Tuesday night in central China's Henan province after each team had won a game each in a three-match series.
The series is a warm-up for China, who are readying for next month's Asiad in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou.
The bad blood started when point guard Zhang Qingpeng suffered a concussion while taking a hard screen from a Brazilian player and China's American coach Bob Donewald was assessed two technical fouls for arguing the play.
"In the first play of the game, Zhang Qingpeng, who had 24 points in the first game, they knocked him out... he's in the hospital with a concussion," Donewald told journalists afterward.
"From there, the game started back up and it got more physical. They (Brazil) were playing dirty, and our players started to defend themselves. We don't condone fighting, we were trying to defend ourselves.
"I was disappointed the referees didn't protect our players," he said.
The brawl broke out when a Chinese and Brazilian player began scuffling on the court, causing both benches to empty as players attacked each other with wild kicks and punches.
After the situation calmed down, the Brazilians began to walk off the court, waving at the crowd as they left. A renewed scuffle then broke and the game did not resume.
"It was just an unprofessional team," Donewald said of the Brazilians.
State press said the brawls were likely to trigger fines from both the Chinese Basketball Association and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).
China, who thudded to a 16th-place finish in September's World Basketball Championships, will compete in the Asian Games without their NBA stars Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets and Yi Jianlian of the Washington Wizards.
Both are preparing for the upcoming NBA season.