With a little under a half of the season left for the Formosa Dreamers to make a turnaround and push for the playoffs, they have decided to make a major move in signing Kenneth Chien as a Heritage Import.
Fililipno-Canadian James Forrester was the lone Heritage Import for the Formosa Dreamers to start of their debut season in the ABL, but was only to play two games before suffering a torn achilles tendon and has since been released.
The Dreamers then went on a 9-game losing streak with out a single Heritage Import.
After their recent loss to the CLS Knights who were also on a long losing streak, the Dreamers have decided to make bigger changes heading into this final stretch. Not only have they replaced Lenny Daniel with Erron Maxey, they have also signed up Kenneth Chien.
Chien is not a household name — at least not yet. He notes that his love for game rooted from when his mom took him to the park since he was a little kid. As she rebounded for his shots, Chien’s passion for the game grew more and more each time he saw the ball go into the hoop.
“I played in the American Basketball Association (ABA) for two years,” Chien says of where he played prior to this. “I also played in a lot of Asian basketball tournaments and that’s how my name started to get out there more.”
Chien describes himself as a “fast paced player who likes to get to the basket a lot and make plays for others”. However, he also mentions that over the years he’s been a pure scorer overall.
“I’m excited to play for the Dreamers because their fans are really exciting and supportive every game.”
Chien’s mother is Taiwanese, having been born in Taiwan, which makes him eligible to be a heritage import.
“There’s not much to adjust to since I lived in the Chinese culture being raise by my mom,” Chien says. “I’ve been to Taiwan before, so I knew what to expect already.”
The Dreamers already have loads of potential on the wing with local standouts Wu Wung Wei and Chen Yu Han playing impressive basketball as of late. Adding Chien to the rotation might be exactly what the Formosa Dreamers need to get back into the ABL playoff race.
Chien will be available to make his ABL debut on February 3 against Chong Son Kung Fu Basketball Club.