China’s Man In Madrid: How Zhang Zhiyao Represents A Brave New World For Chinese Hoops

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An unexpected story that could one day be a milestone in the evolution of Chinese youth basketball broke last week. Zhang Zhiyao (center), the son of Beijing Ducks assistant Zhang Jingdong, will soon leave China and be moving to Spain where he will be part of the youth program of Eurobasket giants, Real Madrid. It might not mean much to Americans but in China this news was understandable a fairly big deal. Continue reading “China’s Man In Madrid: How Zhang Zhiyao Represents A Brave New World For Chinese Hoops”

“Second Import” Status And The Rise Of A New Big Man In China

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A fair share of words have been said about the newly implemented one-import-in-the-fourth-quarter rule that the CBA board applied at the start of last season. It was discussed whether it was a way to stop Beijing’s supremacy (if it was, well…) or just a patriotic move to help local players get more crunch time experience. But what it has amounted to, so far, is certainly a change in the import market landscape. Continue reading ““Second Import” Status And The Rise Of A New Big Man In China”

Untapped and Unknown; Chongqing’s Relocation And The CBA’s Basketball Market

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Back in 2014, the Chongqing Flying Dragons were one of two new expansion teams in the CBA and like most expansion teams, they weren’t really any good. Although they had one of the better scorers in the CBA in Willie Warren, the team sucked hard and  finished bottom of the standings with a 4-32 record. Yet now the Dragons are moving to a different city less than a year after making their debut in Chongqing. Continue reading “Untapped and Unknown; Chongqing’s Relocation And The CBA’s Basketball Market”

Oden “The Great” Brings His Talent To The Jiangsu Dragons

Greg Oden Blazers BenchThe CBA has been an ideal place for talented yet inconsistent foreign players to prove themselves again. There are many teams out there that are willing to throw big money and minutes at those who, for one reason or another, didn’t survive NBA. If it works out, some NBA team in need of talent might just sign with the player in the middle of the season after the shorter CBA regular season is over. If not, the player can still walk away with a decent salary. Continue reading “Oden “The Great” Brings His Talent To The Jiangsu Dragons”

Keeping Up With The Zhou’s: CBA Teams Looking To Get Local Assets.

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On the flip side of the fourth quarter rule that now allows only one import on the court at any time, many things have changed in the CBA. Now there are ‘import no. 1’ and ‘import no. 2’ statuses, a seldom-before-seen hierarchy for foreigners and a distinctly fresh flavor to the Chinese free agency market. It seems teams have also gotten wise to the need to balance out their rosters. One only has to look at thrice-time champions Beijing– whose wisely built roster allows homegrown players like Li Gen and Sun Yue to thrive without not taking numbers away from Randolph Morris and Stephon Marbury– to realize how successful this special blend actually is. Continue reading “Keeping Up With The Zhou’s: CBA Teams Looking To Get Local Assets.”

The Gunslinger’s Revenge: Marcus Williams Returns To China To Settle Old Scores

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So it seems that improbable CBA comeback stories come in twos. Arriving a couple of days after Von Wafer found a way back to China despite a six-game ban for brawling in a play-off game, Marcus Williams, victim of one of the most absurd suspensions in CBA history, is now also on the verge of returning. Continue reading “The Gunslinger’s Revenge: Marcus Williams Returns To China To Settle Old Scores”

The Von Wafer Redemption Tour Begins in Changzhou

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The last time anyone heard from Von Wafer, he was almost sparking riots during a play-off game in Shandong province. Back then, the American was playing for the Shanxi Dragons and was seen as the central instigator in a series of scuffles between his team and the Qingdao Eagles, including one incident that lead to a Qingdao player being punched in the nuts.  Continue reading “The Von Wafer Redemption Tour Begins in Changzhou”