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.
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.
Last season’s worst team, the Qingdao Eagles, have made their first foreign signing of the year, bringing in Euro League point guard, Justin Dentmon.
The Eagles, who will be most well-known to western audiences as the team that signed Tracy McGrady two years ago, ran most of their offense through Josh Akognon, and Dentmon will find himself plugged into the same role as Qingdao look to improve from a 5-29 season in 2013.
Dentmon last played in Lithuania, averaging 15.3ppg . Before moving to Europe, he bounced around the NBA for three years with San Antonio, Dallas and Toronto, playing garbage time minutes with all three teams.
Having lost Von Wafer, panic buttons were being pressed in Shanghai but somehow, the Sharks have rebounded in the best possible way; by signing Quincy Douby. Credit to GM, Eric Zhang, because this is a huge move that not only saved the Sharks’ season but actually made them better from a roster stand point.
In an already crazy season for Shanghai, things have suddenly got even more unusual with the resignation, at least temporally, of head coach Wang Qun.
The Sharks announced the decision on their website last night and further details have been added on the Sina Sport website tonight. The reason behind this departure is due to an illness within his family. According to Sina, he first offered his notice to owner Yao Ming after the blow out loss to Xinjiang a week ago because Wang felt he could not maintain his responsibilities to his family as well as be a CBA head coach. The illness within the Wang family has apparently been known for some time but the situation has seemingly become worse in recent weeks.
Wang Yong, a former Sharks player and current assistant will now take the reins whilst Liu Wei has been promoted to player coach.
No Von Wafer, no problem- at least against a limited Jiangsu Dragons. The Sharks, with the injured Wafer watching from the sidelines, dug deep to dispatch the visitors as Shanghai’s improbable run up the standings continues.
Five games in, four wins on the board and life is looking remarkably rosy for the Shanghai Sharks, who now sit in fourth place in the standings after surviving a nervy third quarter to eventually overcome the Qingdao Eagles.
The Shanghai Sharks walked out of Shanxi province with a rare win at an arena they have typically struggled at, thanks in part to the sharp shooting of Von Wafer. The absence of Marcus Williams through injury certainly helped but a win is a win and the Sharks now have three of them whilst the Dragons, soon to relocate to Beijing, are on a 0-4 run and could be a ‘dead pool’ team if this run of form continues.