Hong Kong Flying Dragons boss Lee Kwok-leung yesterday played down speculation coach Li Ren would quit after their disastrous start to their Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) campaign. Team president Lee said they had requested a baptism of fire in their debut in the league, which has resulted in five successive losses. 'Coach Li isn't quitting,' Lee said. 'He hasn't spoken to me about such plans. I think he was emotional when we lost our first home game [in Shenzhen] and he just said this to let out his frustration.' The Flying Dragons are at the bottom of the 14-strong league with Sina Lions, who have also failed to record a win. The team will face another tough game tomorrow when they visit second-placed Bayi Rockets in Ningbo. 'We wanted to play the stronger sides first in an attempt to prepare ourselves better for games that we have higher chances of winning,' Lee said. 'We will begin facing weaker teams next month. The players are starting to know what the coach expects of them and have begun playing better as a team.' A furious Li threatened to step down after their 129-92 drubbing by Shandong Flaming Bulls in their first 'home' game in Shenzhen two weeks ago. 'I will quit if the players don't play with their hearts,' Li said at that time. There is no disguising the fact that Li has become impatient with his team - led by former NBA centre Sharone Wright and former ABA forward Willie Mitchell. He even lashed out at a Hong Kong reporter who rang him following their 125-95 humiliation by Jiangsu Dragons in Shenzhen on Sunday. 'Don't you know that it's expensive to make long distance calls to me all the time?' Li said. Lee put on a brave face after his team's poor run, although they still have to play CBA giants Bayi Rockets and Shanghai Sharks, the former teams of NBA stars Wang Zhizhi and Yao Ming respectively. He stressed their main target was to remain in the first division given their lack of pre-season preparation. 'Our target is to stay in the first division and we'll be able to accomplish that if we win a few games against the weaker sides. We didn't have much time training together before the start of the season and we've suffered from it. The players still need time to get to understand each other and given time they will improve to where we expect them to be.' Flying Dragons also include a number of former Chinese national junior players and two Hong Kong forwards in Lui Chor-wai and Yu Hing-hoi.