Shanxi Cheerleaders Watch From Sidelines As CBA Continues To Dish Out Fines

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As with most basketball leagues, CBA cheerleaders are ubiquitous and part of the home team’s attempts to keep the fans engaged and the atmosphere suitably zesty. But this week, the cheerleading crew of the Shanxi Dragons almost sparked a stadium riot and the league office have been trying to recover ever since.

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Ding Yanyuhang Is The Fairytale Story Chinese Basketball Needs

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Equally impossible for spell check and opposing defenders to figure out, Ding Yanyuhang is arguably the most exciting story going on right now in the Chinese Basketball Association. The twenty-three year old forward is averaging 22.3ppg and coming off a four game stretch averaging almost 31 points a night. In an era of American dominance, these might not seem like gaudy numbers but within China– where local scorers are an endangered species– this is something to celebrate. Continue reading “Ding Yanyuhang Is The Fairytale Story Chinese Basketball Needs”

Belatedly, China Is Back In The NBA– But What Happens Now?

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Not since 2007 have Chinese players heard their names called in the NBA draft. History tends to forget that two mainlanders were drafted that year (Yi Jianlian to the Bucks and Sun Yue was also selected by the Lakers in the middle of the second round). Either way, by 2011, both players were out of the NBA and since then, there has been an awkward absence of Chinese players in the world’s biggest league. That was, until last Thursday, when Wang Zhelin and Zhou Qi both were selected.

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Shark Fin Hoops Comment: On CBA Refereeing And Other Madness

This piece started off in the article reporting the fine for Shanghai after the crowd trouble against Dongguan but rather than flood a news piece with my opinions, I decided it was better to break it into a comment piece. This way, the actual Shanghai incident can be explained in a broader picture but also, the refereeing situation/crisis going on in Chinese basketball right now can be better explored. Continue reading “Shark Fin Hoops Comment: On CBA Refereeing And Other Madness”

Web Chat VI: Olympic Roster, Managerial Changes And A Chinese Swansong For A.I.?

Its been a LONG offseason and whilst its been great watching Nicolas Anelka and the growing masses of European soccer players currently turning out in the Chinese Super League, there’s always time for some CBA chit-chat. Niubball’s Jon Pastuzek, just back in Beijing following a long holiday in the U.S., is the man stepping in to talk about the Chinese national team,  Shaanxi locking down Marcus Williams and Charles Gaines for another two years and the possibility of seeing Allen Iverson playing in the CBA Continue reading “Web Chat VI: Olympic Roster, Managerial Changes And A Chinese Swansong For A.I.?”

Shanxi Dragons 119 – Shanghai Sharks 108: Williams And Gaines Destroy Shanghai

The Shanghai Sharks came, they saw, they got lit up. Shanxi’s high scoring duo of Marcus Williams and Charles Gaines did exactly what their guests were hoping they wouldn’t and blew Shanghai away with some red-hot shooting. After a plucky first half from the Sharks, the Dragons’ demolition men coolly stepped up a gear and promptly ripped the Sharks asunder with a devastating final twenty minutes of huge threes, marauding drives to the basket and some deft low post action. It was not pleasant viewing for a Shanghai fan. Continue reading “Shanxi Dragons 119 – Shanghai Sharks 108: Williams And Gaines Destroy Shanghai”

Scouting Report: Shanxi Dragons

After the disastrous final few seconds against Xinjiang, the Sharks now have to compose themselves as they visit Taiyuan for their game against the Shanxi Dragons (15-11). The team from North China are 10-2 when playing infront of their home fans and despite an almost naked reliance on their two overseas players, Marcus Williams and Charles Gaines, have moved their way up into fifth place in the CBA rankings and should be amongst the teams that make the playoffs.

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Xinjiang Tigers: 89 – Shanghai Sharks 84: Last Second Lapses Condemn Sharks To Defeat

Sometimes as a sports enthusiast, I’m reminded that sometimes its better to lose in a blow out than watch the game slip away right at the very end. Against Xinjiang, it was very much the latter as the Sharks fought hard and were full of pluck and spirit but ultimately  lost to a Tigers side that for all their potency going forward, looked brittle at times, and dare I say it- were there for the taking at the critical moment. Continue reading “Xinjiang Tigers: 89 – Shanghai Sharks 84: Last Second Lapses Condemn Sharks To Defeat”

Scouting Report: Xinjiang Tigers

Having handled their business against Fujian, now the Sharks go on the road to face Xinjiang, who have recovered from a disastrous start that resulted in the sacking of coach Bob Donewald, Kenyon Martin buying out his contract and Kyle Mills being cut following a serious disagreement over the treatment of his hamstring injury. Currently sitting at 13-12, their recent climb towards the post season has been made possible thanks to a 10-1 home record (the fourth best in the league). Continue reading “Scouting Report: Xinjiang Tigers”

Shanghai Sharks 94 – Fujian Sturgeons 90: Last Gasp Fireworks Keep The Sharks’ Playoff Dreams Alive

A nervy Shanghai Sharks held on to beat the Fujian Sturgeons after a flurry of clutch three pointers pulled the home side away from danger in the closing seconds of the game. Anthony Roberson was a constant menace for the visitors and lit up the Sharks at times in the second half. A commanding performance from Liu Wei and some gutsy three-pointers from Wang Yong were critical to giving the Sharks victory but this was a game that could have gone either way in the crucial stages but for once, the luck was with Shanghai. Continue reading “Shanghai Sharks 94 – Fujian Sturgeons 90: Last Gasp Fireworks Keep The Sharks’ Playoff Dreams Alive”