Foreigners And The Fourth Quarter; Making Sense Of The New CBA Rule Change

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So it looks like it will be official. After a lot of speculation, the Chinese Basketball Association will once again change its rules about the participation of foreign players in the league as it looks to shift the emphasis of the league away from American hero ball and towards a style of play that will involve local players more often.

Previously, teams were allowed to play both its foreigners for a combined six quarters, typically meaning each split a quarter in the first half and then play for the whole of the second. Under new proposals that will be applied with immediate effect, there will only be one foreigner allowed to play for the fourth quarter. Both foreigners will be able to play but they will have to sub out for one-another. Continue reading

Shark Fin Hoops Interview: Keith Closs

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Former Los Angeles Clipper big man Keith Closs played for the Yunnan Bulls during the 2008/09 CBA season, averaging 16.9ppg (whilst shooting nearly 60% from the floor) and 11.9 rpg. He would also lead the league in blocks with 5.9 per game. Now living in California, he talked to Shark Fin Hoops about his season in south-west China and playing for what was at the time one of the worst teams in the country. 

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Xinjiang’s Free Agency Rampage

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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 Qun Takes ‘Temporary’ Leave Of Absence

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.

Sichuan Blue Whale 90 – Shanghai Sharks 96: Darnell Jackson Goes To Work On Brittle Sichuan Frontcourt In Timely Shanghai Win

On a night when the Sharks’ three-point shooting was again subpar at best, Shanghai went back to basics to squeak past Sichuan Blue Whale in Chengdu. Darnell Jackson was large and in charge for the visiting side and his muscle down low was a key factor in picking up a 30 + 13 double-double as the Sharks’ begin the CBA season 2-0 for the first time in several years. Continue reading

Shanghai 117 – Fujian Sturgeons 113: Wafer and Jackson Guide Sharks To Victory In High Scoring Road Win

A blistering thirty-five point second quarter sent the Sharks on their way to an opening day win against Fujian. The home side saw Wang Zhelin put up 35 +12 but other than himself and Delonte West’s excellent shift (30 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals), the Sturgeons lacked the firepower to keep up with the Sharks.

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Shanghai Sharks Sign Darnell Jackson

The Shanghai Sharks have finalized their overseas roster with the signing of power forward Darnell Jackson, who had recently been released by the Indiana Pacers. The 6″9, 253lb big man is a relatively experienced overseas player, having spent two seasons out of America with BC Donetsk of the Ukranian Super League and the CBA’s very own Xinjiang Tigers.

After four years of college hoops with Kansas, Jackson was picked by Miami with the fifty-second pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. Traded that same day to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Jackson had a handful of appearances with the Cavs during the last two seasons of the LeBron James era. He was last in the NBA in the 2011/12 season, where he played in fifty-nine games for the Sacramento Kings before spending time with the Reno Big Horns in the D-League. Continue reading