You mean…this is goodbye? Bob Donewald Jr is leaving his head coaching position with the CBA’s Shanghai Sharks, having accepted a better contract from the recent CBA Championship Finalists, the Xinjiang Flying Tigers. Also currently head coach of the Chinese Men’s National Basketball Team, Donewald’s departure was met with complacent acceptance, rather than any bitterness or anger.
Sharks general manager Zhang Mingji said in a statement that the club respected Donewald’s choice, and that the Sharks wished him “a better future in the CBA.”
The Season (赛季), a documentary series that followed the Sharks 2009-2010 campaign, showed plenty of behind the scenes shouting and inspiring from Donewald. With all the adrenaline-charged “hoo-has” and butt-pats, it looks like Coach Donewald, who helped the Sharks through their dazzling improvement, is really going to miss his old team.
Video after the jump…