China’s NBA Hopefuls, Vol. 3: Zou Yuchen, The Unconventional But Constantly Intriguing Big Man

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Summer League is over, and so is the seasonal supply of Chinese players wearing NBA jerseys (usually we would say “yearly” but Zhou Qi will be a Houston Rocket this season).

It’s now been three consecutive years  of CBA players making waves in the NBA off-season, although those waves are often fueled by the froth of an anxious Chinese media rather than something more genuinely seismic. Continue reading “China’s NBA Hopefuls, Vol. 3: Zou Yuchen, The Unconventional But Constantly Intriguing Big Man”

China’s NBA Hopefuls Vol. 2: Ding Yanyuhang, The CBA MVP.

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As Dallas fans have realized, Mark Cuban won’t stay put when it comes to expanding the NBA market. An NBA team in Mexico City? Great. The first Indian-born player to get drafted? Cop that. Remember when Adam Silver complained about the lack of Chinese players in NBA contention, even though two players had been drafted that year (Zhou Qi and Wang Zhelin) whilst Yi Jianlian signed with the Lakers (and was cut upon his own request, so he could rejoin his local team). Well, Cuban took care of that situation too by bringing in Shandong’s Ding Yanyuhang for the current NBA summer league. Continue reading “China’s NBA Hopefuls Vol. 2: Ding Yanyuhang, The CBA MVP.”

China’s NBA Hopefuls Vol. 1: Guo Ailun, the Chinese Tony Parker.

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Recently Yahoo Sports reported NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s frustration over the lack of Chinese players in the Association despite the incredible amount of followers, aficionados and athletes pursuing an interest in the sport. China is already a pivotal part of the basketball landscape and Yao Ming’s perennial presence atop the All-Star votes in his NBA years goes to show how appealing that market is for the North American league. Understandably Silver wants in on that opportunity. Continue reading “China’s NBA Hopefuls Vol. 1: Guo Ailun, the Chinese Tony Parker.”

Summer Of The Dragon Part 3: How Smallball Can Take Over The CBA

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In the third and final part of his look at Chinese basketball, their tactics and and the national team’s traditional stubbornness to change its ways, Marco Catanzro looks at how the best teams in China can embrace modern NBA playbooks and help improve the NT product through leading by example. Continue reading “Summer Of The Dragon Part 3: How Smallball Can Take Over The CBA”

The Summer Of The Dragon Part 2: Team China At The Olympics

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In the second part of his wide ranging look at high profile Chinese basketball,  Marco Catanzaro takes a look at how the Chinese National Team will fair in the 2016 Olympics. With some in the Middle Kingdom getting a little anxious that it could go winless for the second Games in a row, where the wins can come from remains a point of contention. Now its time to find out if and how they might rise. Continue reading “The Summer Of The Dragon Part 2: Team China At The Olympics”

Summer Of The Dragon Part 1: Why Is The National Team So Bad Right Now

 

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In the first of three pieces, Marco Catanzaro is breaking down the nuts and bolts of Chinese basketball and trying to make sense of why tactics are not succeeding and suggesting what needs to change. In light of the Chinese National Team recently getting SMOKED by the USA over two games, his first task is to run the rule over why Team China got so comprehensively beaten.  Continue reading “Summer Of The Dragon Part 1: Why Is The National Team So Bad Right Now”

China’s Best Kept Secrets? Profiling Shanghai’s Wu Guanxi and Shanxi’s Ge Zhaobao At Summer League

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Just when you thought you had seen it all, we have another Chinese guy making an NBA appearance, although only for some Summer League action. While last year He Tianju, while largely unproven by any NBA standard, was surely a top tier player by CBA standards, this year’s new additions are far more of a mystery, sometimes even by CBA standards.

Let’s find out who these two guys are then, shall we? Continue reading “China’s Best Kept Secrets? Profiling Shanghai’s Wu Guanxi and Shanxi’s Ge Zhaobao At Summer League”

The Forgotten Man Of Chinese Hoops: Why Wang Zhelin’s Wasted Potential Can Still Be Redeemed

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Along with the emergence of Zhou Qi, a familiar habit has occurred within Chinese basketball; namely the complete shifting of media focus from one NBA hopeful to another. Four years ago, Fujian’s Wang Zhelin was the dashing young star destined to go to America but after a disappointing season in 2016 and still no play-off appearance on his four year old resume, the beefy power forward feels like yesterday’s news.  That said, NBA teams should not discount the draft eligible big man and Marco Catanzaro is here to explain why. Continue reading “The Forgotten Man Of Chinese Hoops: Why Wang Zhelin’s Wasted Potential Can Still Be Redeemed”

Liaoning vs Guangdong; [Insert Timely Phrase About Basketball Truthfulness Here]

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In the aftermath of a bonkers Game 1 between Guangdong and Liaoning, its probably worth breaking down the ebb and flow of a contest that may well decide the series itself. The game was pretty wild in regulation but the controversy that broke out on OT almost changed the result of the game. 

Continue reading “Liaoning vs Guangdong; [Insert Timely Phrase About Basketball Truthfulness Here]”