Clippers cut Chinese star Ma on eve of season

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 05 November, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 05 November, 1995, 12:00am

MA Jian, hoping to be the first Chinese player in a regular-season National Basketball Association game, will have to wait longer for the opportunity.

The Los Angeles Clippers made Ma their final roster cut entering the opening of the season. The club also put Pooh Richardson on injured reserve to reach the maximum 12-man roster.

Ma had played at the University of Utah and was given a strong chance to make the Clippers. He played in several pre-season exhibitions but was edged for the final reserve berth.

Ma said he was shocked and surprised at being cut, but added he has not given up on reaching the NBA. He remains a free agent and could be signed by any club should injuries arise.