Steve Francis Makes China Debut, Plays 17 Seconds While Wearing Ice Pack On Ankle

Hey, you, Internet stranger: have you wondered about Steve Francis' post-NBA career recently? Even if you're not, you should be, because it's hilarious: Francis is currently playing for a Chinese team in Beijing, and made his season debut last nightwhile still wearing an ice pack around his ankle — because his coach heard the crowd chanting expletives at him.

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You're laughing, but this actually happened.

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With his shoelaces loose and the ice pack around his ankle, Fu Laoda – loosely translated into English as Big Boss Francis – received a loud standing ovation and the obligatory "Fu Laoda, jiayou!" chant from the home crowd as he ran back on defense after the free throw. (In Chinese, jiayou literally means "add oil," but translated into common English, it would mean "let’s go!" "here we go!" and/or "come on!")

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Asked why he decided ... against his original plan after the game, (Beijing coach) Min (Lulei) smiled wryly and answered, "You didn’t see all the fans yelling and swearing at me?"

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This NiuBBall.com report comes to us via Scott Schroeder, includes a picture of Francis bringing the ball up with a bag of ice on his ankle, and is the funniest thing you will read today. And if your fantasy season is going down the tubes, you could do less productive things than dreaming up the Steve Francis picaresque novel.

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