'Frustrated' Liu caught in Catch-22

Originally Published: December 30, 2004
By Ric Bucher | ESPN The Magazine

SHANGHAI, China -- While the rest of the Sharks are on the floor preparing to face the defending champion Guandong Tigers, Liu Wei is curled up in the far corner of the locker room, head down, lost in the music bumping through the headphones nestled on his head. At first glance, he looks like an NBA player air-dropped into this tiny room -- and perhaps he could be. But, as is, the odds are long that he'll ever find out.

Liu is back with the Sharks after his attempt to be the first Chinese ...

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