During the last NBA lockout, Aaron Brooks did what others threatened to do: signed to play in China.
In what must have been heady times, Brooks joined one of China's greatest basketball teams, a dynasty winning seven of the last ten championships and reaching the finals for a decade straight.
The former Oregon star hit the big time in China, but he played on the wrong team. It didn't feel right when he took his Guangdong Southern Tigers to the Chinese Basketball Association finals against Stephon Marbury and the Beijing Ducks.
He rode the red rocket of sports greatness in the biggest basketball market in the world. Why couldn't he be a Duck?
Brooks' success is no surprise. His senior year at Oregon included membership on the 2007 AP All-American Third Team, the John Wooden All-American Team, the NCAA 3-Point-Shootout Champion, and the All-Pac-10 First Team. He was a first round pick after Eugene and his four year University of Oregon basketbal...