The once highest-paying NBA star said money is not his priority that playing in China can also give him the chance to enjoy his favorite Chinese food and bring his two kids close to the Chinese culture.
A free agent currently, Francis is actively engaged in businesses ranging from real estate, IT to music making. However, he said his biggest business now is his family.
He drives his two kids, 4-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son, to school at about 8 am almost everyday. He also coaches his son, who, he said, has shown talent for basketball.
Basketball is still an important part of Francis' life and thought. His office in downtown Houston overlooks Toyota Center, home of the Rockets and a place which he calls "my home".
Known for his crossover dribble, driving ability and flashy dunks, Francis spent the first five seasons of his career in Houston, joining Yao to lead the Houston Rockets to the playoffs in 2004.