The Shanghai Sharks have finalized their overseas roster with the signing of power forward Darnell Jackson, who had recently been released by the Indiana Pacers. The 6″9, 253lb big man is a relatively experienced overseas player, having spent two seasons out of America with BC Donetsk of the Ukranian Super League and the CBA’s very own Xinjiang Tigers.
After four years of college hoops with Kansas, Jackson was picked by Miami with the fifty-second pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. Traded that same day to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Jackson had a handful of appearances with the Cavs during the last two seasons of the LeBron James era. He was last in the NBA in the 2011/12 season, where he played in fifty-nine games for the Sacramento Kings before spending time with the Reno Big Horns in the D-League. Continue reading “Shanghai Sharks Sign Darnell Jackson”
Few teams have suffered such a violently reversal of fortunes in the last twelves months than the Shanghai Sharks. This time last year, the team had made the postseason despite being widely regarded as a bottom five team. Moreover, the Sharks did this on the back of the best defense in the CBA (have been ranked the worst in 2010/11) and a canny utilization of the triangle offense that helped bring many of Shanghai’s unheralded Chinese players into games. Continue reading “A Painful Five Months In Shanghai: Reviewing The Sharks 2012/13 CBA Season”
The Chinese Basketball Association schedule is done and dusted for another season as far as the Shanghai Sharks are concerned. Nine months of quiet now beckon but not before grades are dished out on a disappointing but eventful 10-22 campaign. Continue reading “A[renas] to Z[hang Zhaoxu]: Shanghai Sharks 2012/13 Player Grades”
Liu Wei turned thirty-three in style by achieving the closest thing basketball has to a Geordie Howe hat-trick as he scored a season-high 37 points, dished out 5 assists and then squared up to Bao Zhaobao, a man almost ten years his junior and nine inches taller. Oh, and Shanghai beat their bogey team by a big margin. Continue reading “Shanghai Sharks 113 – Shanxi Dragons 102: Liu Wei Slays The Dragons In Treble Digit Romp”
The Shanghai Sharks crumbled on the road in embarrassing circumstances against a one-dimensional Qingdao team that were already missing their best player- Tracy McGrady- through suspension. In a half empty stadium in Shandong province, the Sharks took a double-digit lead only to lose it after the interval following an outbreak of Hollywood shooting from two Qingdao wing players and a one-man assault from their American center. Continue reading “Qingdao Eagles 103 – Shanghai Sharks 91: Eagles Go Wild In Second Half Demolition Job”
As far as moral boasting wins go, there will certainly be more impressive ones but in a half empty arena that was quiet enough at times to hear the away team bench interact with their coach, Shanghai got it done against a bland Tianjin Lions team. Continue reading “Shanghai Sharks 92 – Tianjin Lions 72: White Tames Dire Lions In Timely Victory”
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.
Continue reading “Scouting Report: Beijing Ducks (13-3)”