Over in Yingkou, Liaoning Province, things are about to get very messy for the city’s beloved basketball team. FIBA, world basketball’s governing body, have finally had enough of the Chinese team’s intransigence regarding the non-payment of a former players’ wages. Not only have the Liaoning Jaguars refused to pay the player, former Texas A&M big man Chris Daniels, they also effectively gave the middle finger to FIBA by refusing to acknowledge its ruling that the Chinese team had to pay up. To say this is going to be a costly mistake would be an understatement; FIBA is riled up and ready for war whilst the CBA itself can only look on with it’s head in it’s hands.
Few owners in the CBA have given league administrators as many sleepless nights as Wang Xingquan. The personification of the Chinese ‘da laoban’ (‘big boss’), it seemed at times that Wang was actively looking for ways to piss people off. If the league could have put a hit out on him, they probably would have done.
Things though have been quiet for the last year. Having sold the ownership of his old team, the Shanxi Dragons, to a group of Chinese investors, Wang seemed destined to fade into obscurity and perhaps become a humorous aside from the old days of the CBA. However, those hopes appear to have been dashed if Sina Sport is to be believed; ‘The Chinese Cuban is Back!’, it thundered. To the presumed horror of league officials, Boss Wang has indeed resurfaced in his home province of Henan, busily establishing a team to compete in next year’s National Basketball League, essentially the second tier of Chinese basketball.
Among the things that most confuse long-established American players in the Chinese Basketball Association is the reluctance of local players to take advantage of their free agency. In the CBA, contracts have expiration dates like you would see in the NBA but its still extremely rare to see a high profile player move teams. Lesser known Chinese players will of course switch teams but that is more because their current employer has no interest on offering them a new deal. Continue reading
Wang Zhizhi has always had it somewhat hard. Of the three Chinese big men that defined the early 2000s; himself, Yao Ming and Mengke Bateer, it has been Wang that has had to endure the most nonsense (and that’s putting it politely) during his career.
Quickly marked out as a talent for the future, Wang made his professional debut as an eighteen year old for the Bayi Rockets, one of the most successful teams in the history of Chinese basketball. The young big man would averaging 21 points a game from 1995 to 2000, a five year period in which Bayi won successive CBA finals without losing a game. The overseas interest in Wang was there but the Rockets seemed to have him nailed down; no-one in China saw him going anywhere. Continue reading
Fujian Sturgeons, meet your thirty-four year stretch-forward. Fujian fans, say hello to another year of mediocrity. Very rarely does a signing of an overseas player omit such a feeling of ‘meh’ but this acquisition truly screams a front office with nothing more than the ambition to lose a lot of games.
So yes, poor Al Harrington is basically headed off to one of the laziest franchises in the CBA. He’ll spend a lot of time playing power forward, stretching the floor and giving young superstar Wang Zhelin the space to get busy in the paint. He’ll get 18/8/4 without too much hassle and maybe land a minimum deal to run with an NBA team once his deal runs out in 2015. Er, and that’s it, basically. Continue reading
In one of the weirdest CBA signings in the last few years, Sun Yue has completed his move to the Beijing Ducks from the renegade Chinese team, the Beijing Olympians. The move is still not confirmed by either team but Sina Sports is claiming the deal is basically completed. Continue reading
The Shanxi Dragons have completed the retooling of their overseas roster following the acquisition of former Bobcats/Hornets and Sixers big man, BJ Mullins. The signing now means the Dragons have a pretty formidable trio of imports and Mullins will slot in well next to Zaid Abbas and Von Wafer. Continue reading
Metta World Peace might soon be coming to China if reports in America and China are to be believed. According to Sina Sports, Sichuan Blue Whales’ GM Jie Geng flew to Los Angeles earlier this week to discuss terms on a deal with World Peace, who had also been receiving offers from China, courtesy of the Xinjiang Tigers, and teams from Turkey. Jie confirmed to Sina that the team had originally been looking to pick up a center but the American would be an ideal alternative and would allow them to start one of their young big men alongside World Peace. Continue reading
Fresh after making their first ever run to the CBA postseason, the Tianjin Lions, formerly one of the league’s most moribund teams, this morning took a further step into respectability with the signing of Quincy Douby. Continue reading
According to a variety of reports in China, the Zhejiang Bulls will be signing American power forward Charles Gaines in the coming days. For the Bulls, who have flattered to deceive for several years, the recruitment of Gaines suggests a more back to basics approach for the upcoming season. Continue reading