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”
With the first week of the CBA in the books, its time to go over this first batch of games and extract the story lines and key issues that have emerged. A new scoring champion may well have announced himself in northern China, rebounding might suddenly be cool in the south-east and wherever a game is getting played in the CBA, the standard of defending is probably very, very bad.
The Shanghai Sharks will keep interim coach Wang Qun at the helm for the foreseeable future. The Chinese coach replaced Daniel Panaggio in January of this year after the Sharks began their freefall down the standings in the wake of Gilbert Arenas’ injury. A few weeks ago, he was confirmed as the new full-time head coach of the team. Continue reading “Shark Fin Hoops Comment: Short Term Thinking Will Be Costly To Shanghai”
Interesting times are afoot in the Shanghai Sharks front office as it stares at the possibility of its starting center Zhang Zhaoxu leaving the team now his contract has expired and the two parties haven’t reached agreement on a new deal. Continue reading “Three Team Bidding War Breaking Out Over Zhang Zhaoxu? (Edited)”
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 following is an article I wrote from January’s edition of That’s Shanghai (p.23-24). Its subject matter is (obviously), Agent Zero himself, Gilbert Arenas. The interview took place in late January, sometime about round 22. Enjoy. Continue reading “For Your Consideration: An Interview With Gilbert Arenas”
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”