The New Third Foreigner; How Hamed Haddadi Could Be The Key For A Sichuan Title

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For the last three years, Hamed Haddadi has been quietly rampaging across a number of different Chinese frontcourts. However, it may not be a quiet occupation for too much longer. Now in Sichuan, Haddadi has spent the first three games of the new season putting up solid numbers. Right now he’s chalking up 17.7 points, 16.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.7 blocks a game. He’s also perhaps the best center in China. Continue reading “The New Third Foreigner; How Hamed Haddadi Could Be The Key For A Sichuan Title”

Breaking Down The CBA Season: Part Four

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The fourth and final part of our monster CBA preview is in the books. The new season is almost upon us but not before we break down the final five teams. Xinjiang are once again a monster, Sichuan could be a real problem for everyone whilst Qingdao, Tianjin and Zhejiang all have undergone big roster changes. Continue reading “Breaking Down The CBA Season: Part Four”

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”

Breaking Down The 2015/16 CBA Season: Part Two

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In the second of a four-part CBA preview, we break down two teams that are making bold free agency decisions (the Jilin Tigers and Jiangsu Dragons), one all-time great team that needs to improve in the postseason (Guangdong Tigers), another play-off team that will probably keep punching above its weight (Guangsha Lions) and a Foshan Long Lions roster that simply needs to prove something to itself. Part one can be read here. Continue reading “Breaking Down The 2015/16 CBA Season: Part Two”

“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”

The CBA Draft And What It Could Mean For Chinese Basketball (EDIT)

China_basketball_association On the surface, the CBA offseason is six months of dead time. The national team gathers together the county’s best players together for several days (and sometimes even several weeks) of training sessions at various locations inside and outside China. For two months, the National Basketball League (NBL), the sport’s second tier in China, also gets played, albeit to little or no fanfare. Given that this is one of the few periods of free time for CBA players, right now is also the best time of year to be getting married so very tall dudes are either walking down the aisle right this second or watching one of their teammates do the same thing. But it doesn’t mean that there isn’t any meaningful basketball related activity going on. There’s plenty of it– but at this time of year, it’s all being held behind closed doors and far away from the court (and prying eyes). Continue reading “The CBA Draft And What It Could Mean For Chinese Basketball (EDIT)”

How Yi Jianlian’s Free Agency Could Change The CBA Landscape Overnight

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With speculation mounting about his free agency status, Yi Jianlian was forced to release a statement last Monday. In it, the captain of the Chinese national team confirmed that he had not re-signed with the Guangdong Tigers despite his looming free agency but that talks were set to begin soon.

But the announcement, designed to put Tigers fans at ease, underlines a growing concern that Yi might not actually agree to a deal. The ramifications were this to happen would be huge and if Yi did indeed go elsewhere, it essentially spells the end for one of Chinese basketball’s most successful rosters. Continue reading “How Yi Jianlian’s Free Agency Could Change The CBA Landscape Overnight”

Andray Blatche and The Xinjiang Tigers; A Culture Of Chaos At China’s Richest Basketball Team

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Far away from the world’s eyes, the Xinjiang Tigers have existed in Chinese sport as a monolith for how one should absolutely not run a professional team. Fickle, slick and shameless; if there is talent for sale, the Tigers are picking up the phone and asking how much. Now Andray Blatche has even chosen Xinjiang over the NBA. Those numbers again, folks; three years, $7.5 million and the chance to be the most prominent athlete for a thousand mile in any direction.

Continue reading “Andray Blatche and The Xinjiang Tigers; A Culture Of Chaos At China’s Richest Basketball Team”

Shark Fin Hoops CBA Play-Off Preview: Finals

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Is Liaoning, the team that always flatters to deceive, about to finally fulfill its destiny and win a CBA title? This will be the fifth time the Leopards have made the championship series but not since the mid 1990’s (when the team made three consecutive Finals) have Liaoning looked this good. They have a proven scorer and ball handler in Lester Hudson, a very useful big man that gets it down down low and shooters that space the floor and knock down their shots at a high clip. Continue reading “Shark Fin Hoops CBA Play-Off Preview: Finals”

Your Handy CBA Play-Off Semi-Final Predictions Sheet

 

Shark Fin Hoops: Guangdong (3) –  Beijing (1); Liaoning (3) – Qingdao (1).

One World Sport’s CBA Play by Play Announcer Scott GreeneGuangdong (3) – Beijing (1); Liaoning (3) – Qingdao (1).

One World Sport’s CBA Play by Play Announcer Keith Irizary: Guangdong (3) – Beijing (2); Liaoning (3) – Qingdao (1).

Basketball Buddha’s Nick Bedard: Guangdong (3) –  Beijing (2);  Liaoning (3) – Qingdao (1)

Shot Suey’s Marco Catanzaro: Guangdong (1) – Beijing (3); Liaoning (3) – Qingdao (1);