Scouting Report: Beijing Ducks (13-3)

It’s now time for an always feisty showdown between China’s two biggest cities. The trouble is, the Beijing Ducks happen to be the defending CBA champions and are easily among the best teams in the league. Not good timing for an ailing home side methinks.

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Scouting Report: Liaoning Jaguars (9-6)

Having fallen to the Jilin Tigers, Shanghai are now due a visit to Benxi to take on the formidable Liaoning Jaguars. The hosts, loaded as they are with good local players, will probably be one of the Sharks’ most difficult road games this season. Moreover, with Gilbert Arenas and Liu Wei still in either the US or Shanghai recovering from injuries, things are going to be even tougher.  Continue reading “Scouting Report: Liaoning Jaguars (9-6)”

Scouting Report: Bayi Rockets (8-4)

Once upon a time, the Bayi Rockets were the unquestioned masters of the Chinese basketball world.  The army team have since fallen on hard times after previous seasons of regular finals appearances and now, with the influx of capable overseas imports (Bayi are not allowed non-Chinese players), their recent form has been less glamorous. Last season, the team finished with a 10-22 record, a relative humiliation in their otherwise proud history. Continue reading “Scouting Report: Bayi Rockets (8-4)”