Where Are They Now: Catching Up With Former Sharks From Around The Globe

The CBA offseason is still in full-effect in China but it doesn’t mean that basketball isn’t being played here. The national team is fighting it out in the Stankovic Cup right now but beyond the shores of the Middle Kingdom, club basketball is being played and given I have nothing else to report right now, it makes sense to check in on some of Shanghai’s old boys.

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Former Shark Gilbert Arenas Busted For A Variety Of Stupid Things

Its been a very quiet offseason for CBA fans but it still doesn’t mean that various members (past and present) of the Shanghai Sharks aren’t getting in the news. Take former Sharks star Gilbert Arenas, who is currently back home in America as he plots his next move following an injury ridden season in Shanghai. 

According to the gossip website TMZ, Arenas was caught driving through Los Angeles yesterday at 2:30am with a suspended license  As well as getting a ticket for speeding (he was driving 80mph in what would presumably have been a 55mph zone), the two-time NBA All-Star was found to have around twenty boxes (reportedly around 100lbs) of illegal fireworks in his pick-up truck. Agent Zero was released without bail but it is another example of Arenas’ goofishness (which I’m totally okay by the way).

With several months to go before the CBA slowly rolls into action, it will take a while before we know if Arenas is coming back to Chinese basketball, let alone, the Sharks. Arenas has indicated a preference for returning to his former team but a lot will depend on his health. That said, another CBA team will take surely a chance on him given if only to bring in crowds. In the meantime, Arenas is clearly keeping himself busy…

Shanghai Sharks Preseason Results: Shenzhen Series

There still isn’t a fixtures list for the upcoming 2012/13 CBA season but in the meantime, Shanghai are still playing preseason games- this time down in Shenzhen. With DJ White and Elijah Millsap now fully integrated into the squad, the recent round of games was probably the first time that a full strength side could shoot some hoops together. Results are as follows. Continue reading

Mike Harris Cut By Timberwolves; China Bound?

Mike Harris is a man looking for a job having been waived by the Minnesota Timberwolves within the last twenty-four hours. The American, who had previously turned out in the NBA for the Washington Wizards and the Houston Rockets, was among the last batch of cuts by the Timberwolves as the organisation looked to get their fifteen man roster finalized in time for the start of the upcoming season.

Having had a good showing for the T-Wolves during the NBA Summer League and then into the preseason, the 2009 D-League MVP might wish to stay around the league for a few weeks and see if another NBA team gives him a call to suit up for them instead.

However, it’s also possible that Harris might want to come back to China and pick up a regular pay cheque for a few months and if so, there will be a number of teams waiting to talk to the experienced CBA veteran. Last season, Harris averaged 23.3ppg and 12.2 rpg and also led the Sharks team in almost every meaningful stat during  the 2010/11 campaign as well.

A Sina Sports columnist recently argued that Harris would be ideal for a Jiangsu Dragons team that is looking to rebuild after the worst season in its history whilst the forward’s selfless hustle on both sides of the court would be ideal for the Guangdong Tigers’ style of play. With a month still to go before the opening round of games, logic would suggust that Mike Harris will once again be playing some basketball at the Yuanshen- but for the first time in three years, he will not be doing it in a Sharks uniform.

Shanghai Sharks Preseason Results: Straits Cup Tournament

In their final set of overseas games before the start of the CBA season, the Sharks made their way to Taiwan to take on teams from both China and the host country in the annual Straits Cup tournament. Shanghai made it a three game sweep during the series as many of their first choice Chinese players returned to the fold to pick up some valuable game time. Results are as follows. Continue reading

Shanghai Sharks Preseason Results: Cable Beach Invitational

The Shanghai Sharks have finished their stint in Australia taking on teams from the host country and Singapore. With the CBA season still a month away the tournament in Oz represented a chance for Sharks to get in some fine tuning as well as trying out new ideas, plays and players.  Results from the tournament in Australia are listed below: Continue reading