Bob Donewald, a former NBA assistant with the New Orleans Hornets and Cleveland Cavaliers, was hired Friday as coach of a Chinese national basketball team weakened by the injury to Yao Ming(notes).
Donewald inherits a team that lost in the quarterfinals of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. China failed to successfully defend its Asian title last August under former national coach Guo Shiqiang. Guo will remain with the team as an assistant.
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