I got an e-mail the other day from Rejina wondering about an update on Yolanda Griffith. I’d heard she had gone overseas, but it wasn’t until digging deeper I realized I had not noticed that Griffith had gone to play in China some time ago. In fact, her season is already over, her Henan team having been defeated in the WCBA quarterfinals.
Petrel of the Pleasant Dreams blog, who has been following the WCBA all year long with Atlanta’s Jennifer Lacy playing in China, is experienced navigating the WCBA Web site with Google Translate and was nice enough to track down Griffith’s stats: “She scored 18.4 ppg in 18 games, hit 62 percent of her free throws, averaged 16.9 rebounds a game, 0.8 blocks per game, 1.1 assists per game, and 2.7 steals per game. A double-double is not bad, even in the WCBA.”
Other WNBA players in the WCBA (which allows one import per team, usually a post player) included Chasity Melvin, Tangela Smith and Adrian Williams-Strong.
At the end of the season, Griffith indicated she wanted to play another WNBA season at age 39. The latest I’ve heard is she was planning to make a final decision after returning from China. Griffith is an unrestricted free agent.
Tangentially-related note: Did you know that former Sonics Head Coach Bob Weiss is coaching in China’s men’s league, the CBA?