Former NBA player Sharone Wright has travelled thousands of miles to play for the Hong Kong Flying Dragons, who will make their debut in the Chinese First Division league (CBA) on Saturday when they visit the Beijing Ducks. And the former Philadelphia, Minnesota and Toronto centre believes 'there is a big possibility' of him ending his career in the mainland. Atlanta-born Wright, 29, who rubbed shoulders with Michael Jordan and company during a six-season NBA career (1994-1999) where he started in many games, is making a comeback after missing last season 'because of personal problems'. 'There is a big possibility that I will end my career in the CBA. I won't have any regrets, even if I won't be playing in the NBA again,' said Wright in Shenzhen as the team prepared for their debut in the mainland's top flight after officials gave Hong Kong the green light in August to field a team. 'I didn't play for a year because I didn't want to play. I had some personal problems. I played in the summer league in Atlanta and my agent helped me come over here as the CBA is one of the top leagues in the world. I want to play a lot of games and a lot of minutes this year,' said the 2.1-metre Wright. He sees a great opportunity in the CBA, the league that developed the 'Walking Great Wall' of Yao Ming, Wang Zhizhi and Menk Bateer, saying it is catching up fast with the NBA. 'It is a big change to go from the NBA to CBA. Players there are very athletic and there are many great players, but the CBA is catching up quickly. Yao Ming is from the CBA and he was the number one draft pick this season. Some friends who played in this league before told me how competitive it is. 'Players in America do not work as hard as they used to, while players from other countries such as Yao Ming and [Canadian] Steve Nash are making their names there.' Wright is confident of doing well in this unfamiliar environment and is already feeling comfortable. 'I have played many games in the NBA, although I didn't win any titles. Basketball is a universal game. If you can play in Taiwan, you can play in Bolivia. My goal is to help the team make it to the playoff stage,' he said. The top eight in the 14-strong league after home-and-away clashes will qualify for the playoffs. 'The money is good. My teammates are nice and the food is nice. The weather is the only thing I have to get used to . . . it is the same the whole day here. You wear shorts in the morning and the evening. The weather in America changes all day,' he said. Wright first fulfilled his NBA dream in 1994 when he was picked as number six in the draft by the Sixers. He played in Philadelphia for 2.5 seasons before being traded to the Raptors where he had four seasons. He had a four-month spell with the Timberwolves and then he quit because of his personal problems. The Flying Dragons' 15-strong line-up also includes American forward Willie Mitchell, 27, who played for ABA side the Detroit Dogs last season; two SAR players in Fukien forward Lui Chor-wai and 168 Pacific forward Yu Hing-hoi; and a number of former Chinese national youth players. Lui, 24, said: 'Sharone is a great asset. He is experienced and he will be able to get a lot of rebounds for us.' Head coach Li Ren said a lack of preparation had hampered their chances of making any impact this season. 'We haven't spent much time together. We have some good players and two experienced foreign imports, but it's difficult to expect too much as we haven't had much practice. We aim to lay a solid foundation for next season.' The Flying Dragons, who will play their home games in Shenzhen because of poor facilities in Hong Kong, will play their first 'home game away from home' in Shenzhen against the Shandong Flaming Bulls on Saturday week. Hong Kong Basketball Association chairman Norman Chan Sui-tim said they had not given up hope the Flying Dragons would be able to play two home games at Wan Chai's Queen Elizabeth Stadium this season, ideally against big-draw teams like the Bayi Rockets or Shanghai Sharks.