BEIJING (FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019) - China have chosen to go the unorthodox route, producing not one, but two distinct national teams that will compete alternately in the run-up to the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019.
Coaching these teams will be former national team stars Li Nan (China Red) and Du Feng (China Blue).
Here are the rosters for each team:
This is not the first time the CBA is splitting their national pool into two teams, but whereas before their was a clear demarcation on which team was the "A" team and which was the "B" squad, there seems to be no such distinction this time around. Many have been critical of this move, citing how the talent pool has been diluted into these two training teams, but Yao is working under the impression that this set-up allows the CBA to give ample exposure to both China's current stars and their future generation.
Li Nan's China Red starts their sorties as they host Iran on 13 June 2017 in Liaoning Province before playing in the qualifying games on 24 and 27 November.
Du Feng's China Blue will take over representing the country in the next few windows in February, June and November 2018.