Former NBA guard Ricky Ledo has had one of the shortest stints as an international import player in Taiwan's P. LEAGUE+ professional basketball league after he was released by the Formosa Taishin Dreamers for allegedly skipping too many practices.
The 29-year-old American import was released by the Dreamers, which explained in a statement Thursday that Ledo had not complied with the club's management standards and violated the spirit of their contract because he skipped too many practice sessions without proper reason.
The decision was made in consideration of the team's management of discipline and other factors, such as team cohesion, the Dreamers said.
Ledo, whose height is 196cm, split his time between the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA and the minor league affiliate of the Mavericks, the Texas Legends, between 2013 and 2015. Later in 2015, he also signed a pair of 10-day contracts with the New York Knicks. He then went on to play for teams in the NBA G League and clubs around the world.
The Dreamers announced their signing of Ledo on Nov. 21, but he only played one game for the Taichung-based club, which was a home game on Dec. 11 against the New Taipei Kings where he posted a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds, as well as four steals.
The time period of just over one month between his signing being announced and then being dropped effectively means Ledo has had one of the shortest international import stints in the P. LEAGUE+.
Jonathan Han (???), general manager of the Dreamers, said that although Ledo's basketball abilities were excellent, the attitude of the player was also a factor that would affect performance.
In addition, the players need to adhere to group work and work together for a common goal, Han said, adding that numerous discussions had taken place before the decision to release Ledo was made.
"We have already set our sights on a new international import, please stay tuned," Han said.
The Formosa Taishin Dreamers is one of six teams in the P. LEAGUE+, which tipped off its second season on Dec. 4.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel