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)”

Scouting Report: Zhejiang Bulls (3-4)

The arrival of the Zhejiang Bulls gives the Sharks a chance to finishing their current home stand on a positive note before their tricky road visit to Guangdong Province. Like the Sharks, Zhejiang have not enjoyed the best of starts to their season and despite having the extremely dangerous Quincy Douby on their team, the Bulls are still coming into Shanghai with a losing record. Continue reading “Scouting Report: Zhejiang Bulls (3-4)”

Scouting Report: Shanxi Dragons

Having survived their visit to Uruqi, its now time for the Sharks to head on over to Taiyuan and a rendezvous with the Shanxi Dragons, who last season were Shanghai’s bogey team. Indeed, the Sharks played Shanxi six times in the 2011/12 edition and lost four of those encounters including three play-off games that knocked them out of that year’s post season. Continue reading “Scouting Report: Shanxi Dragons”

Scouting Report: Xinjiang Tigers (3-1)

It’s that time of year again when the Sharks have to fly over to Uruqi and take on the perpetually cash flush Xinjiang Tigers, who once again have broken out the cheque book in pursuit of that illusive first CBA title. Gilbert Arenas is still out but the Shanghai will be going westwards in high spirits after their no-nonsense victory over Tracy McGrady and the Qingdao Eagles. Continue reading “Scouting Report: Xinjiang Tigers (3-1)”