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October 17, 2007, 8:45pm, Wednesday...Well, what I suspected or intuitively "knew" from reading the outside behavior of this new owner, the new GM has sent Pancake with a "short stack" to inform me that he (new GM) is bringing in his own coach from 4 years ago, a Chinese coach, that finished 3rd out of 15 teams at the time...I have not heard a word from the owner since he introduced the "new" assistant coach last week, unbeknownst to me and the old GM, SunJun...I have a meeting tomorrow with the new GM and we're going to have a discussion regarding my contract and whether or not I will continue to be involved with the team on a consulting basis or other position...We'll see what they have contrived for this meeting and disposition...Folks, I be fine, no worries here, I have made tremendous strides with each player in their understanding of the game and improved their skills so that "someone" else can reap the harvest later...I can honestly say, "I was truly professional and brought "it" every day...the players will hear me without seeing me when they make a mistake on defense...now that is something to behold for services rendered in my book...Pancake was very upset and yet I let him down gently, saying that he must remember that he too will face some day where an owner or GM will say goodbye, thank you, and you have no control over that decision...So, it is important to remember those players, people in the office and others who helped you be successful and always remain loyal to them...that is professional...Poor fella, his GM and Asst. GM are gone, his Team Leader also, 3 people that taught him many lessons about the business of Chinese basketball, all gone...He was like a kite in the wind without string, I really felt for him...Upon reflection, I have no regrets and animosities towards anyone or anything here, just disappointment in the lack of organization, structure in scheduling, and of course in how they "don't" communicate between coach and management if you're a foreigner...Been there before, so nothing new from that end, just a small quizzical shake of the head and a smile to myself, muttering: "this is a 'new' one for sure, 10 days before the season begins...wow..."...Word is, this new GM has already brought in new sponsors...Evidently, I was in the newspapers here, pictures and all with the speculation that the old coach who was with the new GM was coming back and together they would bring back the pride and success of Jilin Northeast Tigers...Will follow up tomorrow on the outcome of meeting with GM...Have a great day...Coach tom...

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