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”

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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. 

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Local Players To Watch This Season (Part 1)

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With talk about both Zhou Qi and Wang Zhelin running for the NBA draft in the near future, young Chinese players haven’t been talked about this much since Yi Jianlian was a young prospect almost a decade ago. Now, in the first of two parts, Marco Catanzaro breaks down some of the other young players that need to be studied closely. Continue reading “Local Players To Watch This Season (Part 1)”

Breaking Down the CBA 2015/16 Season: Part Three

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Part three of the CBA preview is a go! Today, we’ll evaluate the Jiangsu Tongxi Monkey Kings, Liaoning Leopards, Shanxi Dragons, Shandong Bulls and Shanghai Sharks and see whether improvement is in their path or if there will be some disappointment once the season is over. Part One and Part Two can still be read here. Continue reading “Breaking Down the CBA 2015/16 Season: Part Three”

“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”

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.”