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”
With the first games of the season set to start this coming weekend, the CBA preseason is nearly over. However, it doesn’t mean there still isn’t enough time for one final preview article in which a number of Chinese basketball watchers come together and make their predictions for what should be a wild five months of basketball.
Continue reading “Breaking Down The CBA Season 2015/16: Predictions”
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”
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”
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”
In a change to last season’s preview (in part because nether myself, Marco nor Patrick can decide who is going to finish where in the 2015/16 standings), this season at Shark Fin Hoops, we’re going to breakdown all twenty teams in the league, profiling who we think is going to do what. This season is arguable the most unpredictable in years, with several legitimate title contenders and a number of sides that could surprise anyone on their day. So, in the first of four parts, here is the breakdown of the Bayi Rockets, Beijing Ducks, Chongqing Dragons, Dongguan/Shenzhen Leopards and Fujian Sturgeons.
Continue reading “Breaking Down The 2015/16 CBA Season: Part 1”
Back in 2014, the Chongqing Flying Dragons were one of two new expansion teams in the CBA and like most expansion teams, they weren’t really any good. Although they had one of the better scorers in the CBA in Willie Warren, the team sucked hard and finished bottom of the standings with a 4-32 record. Yet now the Dragons are moving to a different city less than a year after making their debut in Chongqing. Continue reading “Untapped and Unknown; Chongqing’s Relocation And The CBA’s Basketball Market”
The CBA offseason is still in full-effect in China but it doesn’t mean that basketball isn’t being played here. The national team is fighting it out in the Stankovic Cup right now but beyond the shores of the Middle Kingdom, club basketball is being played and given I have nothing else to report right now, it makes sense to check in on some of Shanghai’s old boys.
Continue reading “Where Are They Now: Catching Up With Former Sharks From Around The Globe”
Its been a very quiet offseason for CBA fans but it still doesn’t mean that various members (past and present) of the Shanghai Sharks aren’t getting in the news. Take former Sharks star Gilbert Arenas, who is currently back home in America as he plots his next move following an injury ridden season in Shanghai.
According to the gossip website TMZ, Arenas was caught driving through Los Angeles yesterday at 2:30am with a suspended license As well as getting a ticket for speeding (he was driving 80mph in what would presumably have been a 55mph zone), the two-time NBA All-Star was found to have around twenty boxes (reportedly around 100lbs) of illegal fireworks in his pick-up truck. Agent Zero was released without bail but it is another example of Arenas’ goofishness (which I’m totally okay by the way).
With several months to go before the CBA slowly rolls into action, it will take a while before we know if Arenas is coming back to Chinese basketball, let alone, the Sharks. Arenas has indicated a preference for returning to his former team but a lot will depend on his health. That said, another CBA team will take surely a chance on him given if only to bring in crowds. In the meantime, Arenas is clearly keeping himself busy…
Though the CBA has finished for another season, it doesn’t mean that all of its players are sitting at home with their feet up. Shanghai had three foreign players this season and all of whom have left China one way or another and now seems the right time to check in on the American trio. Continue reading “Where Are They Now: Checking In With Shanghai’s Overseas Players”