Shark Fin Hoops Interview: Bryce Cotton

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After a sudden late season move, the Xinjiang Tigers cut combo guard Andrew Goudelock and replaced him with former Utah and Phoenix point guard Bryce Cotton. Cotton averaged 21.2 ppg during his run with the Tigers before they eventually lost in the CBA Semi-Finals to eventual champions, Sichuan Blue Whale. He now talks to Shark Fin Hoops about his time with the Tigers and his thoughts on Chinese basketball. Continue reading “Shark Fin Hoops Interview: Bryce Cotton”

China’s Man In Madrid: How Zhang Zhiyao Represents A Brave New World For Chinese Hoops

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An unexpected story that could one day be a milestone in the evolution of Chinese youth basketball broke last week. Zhang Zhiyao (center), the son of Beijing Ducks assistant Zhang Jingdong, will soon leave China and be moving to Spain where he will be part of the youth program of Eurobasket giants, Real Madrid. It might not mean much to Americans but in China this news was understandable a fairly big deal. Continue reading “China’s Man In Madrid: How Zhang Zhiyao Represents A Brave New World For Chinese Hoops”

Shark Fin Hoops Interview: Esteban Arguello

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 ‘Jiaolian’ is a documentary that’s been floating around for a few months now, and covers the highs and lows of a season in Chinese basketball. Focusing on the Foshan Long Lions and their coach at the time, Norman de Silva, Jiaolian looks set to be a wide-ranging film that looks at the CBA from a number of angles. Sitting down for an indepth interview is Esteban Arguello, the documentary’s director and the man who spent a season with one of the CBA’s youngest and most unpredictable teams.

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SHARK FIN HOOPS INTERVIEW: Matt Beyer

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Matt Beyer is currently the only westerner who is licensed to work as a sports agent in China. His company, Altius Culture, which Beyer founded and for whom he is its’ managing director, remains a critical access point for many America players looking to play in the Chinese Basketball Association. He was also a color commentator on Chinese television for the 2014 NBA finals. Before arriving in China, he spent time with the Milwaukee Bucks as the chief translator with Yi Jianlian.

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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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Coach Panaggio Post Season Interview

Whilst there is still CBA basketball being played, the 2011/12 season has obviously ended for the Shanghai Sharks. Although the players are now having enjoy some hard earned holiday, Sharks coach, Daniel Panaggio, remains in Shanghai, working with the club’s youth teams. With those very players going through their drills in the background, Coach Panaggio was kind enough to give his thoughts on the Shanxi series, the development of the Sharks’emerging young players and what will be waiting for the squad from their break in a few weeks. Continue reading “Coach Panaggio Post Season Interview”

Mike Harris Interview

Having interviewed Mike Harris last week, the Shanghai Daily’s feature writer, Alex Linder, very kindly send his exclusive talk with the Sharks’ talismanic forward over to Shark Fin Hoops. In it, the former Houston Rocket player touches on the Sharks regular season, the crunch series with Shanxi, the best player in the CBA and who is more deadly from the free-throw line, Coach Panaggio or Yao Ming. Continue reading “Mike Harris Interview”

Coach Panaggio Interview

With the playoffs looming on the horizon, Shanghai Sharks coach, Daniel Panaggio, took some time out from preparing his side for a much anticipated series against Shanxi for a wide ranging talk that touched on everything from the Sharks’ regular season campaign, to the triangle offence, what its like to work with Yao Ming and the long term ambitions for the team as a whole. Continue reading “Coach Panaggio Interview”