Andray Blatche and The Xinjiang Tigers; A Culture Of Chaos At China’s Richest Basketball Team

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Far away from the world’s eyes, the Xinjiang Tigers have existed in Chinese sport as a monolith for how one should absolutely not run a professional team. Fickle, slick and shameless; if there is talent for sale, the Tigers are picking up the phone and asking how much. Now Andray Blatche has even chosen Xinjiang over the NBA. Those numbers again, folks; three years, $7.5 million and the chance to be the most prominent athlete for a thousand mile in any direction.

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SHARK FIN HOOPS CBA PRESEASON POWER RANKINGS: 1 – 10

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With the CBA set to start on Sunday, November 1st, CBA teams are gearing up for another season of wall-to-wall basketball. Having dealt with the bottom half of the league last week, now its time to look at the teams who will be expected to compete for play-off sports and ultimately vie for the title itself.

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Shark Fin Hoops CBA Preseason Power Rankings: 11 – 20

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With the Chinese Basketball Association starting on November 1st, basketball in the country is starting to slowly come back to life. By now teams have filled their rosters with free agents from both inside and outside of China and its now probably the best time to assess the quality of each of the twenty teams in the newly expanded league. This of course being China, fortunes can change very quickly for some organizations depending on the overseas players they brought in (or didn’t) and which local players managed to improve over the summer break. In the first of two segments, its time to look at the bottom half of the league based on the information that’s been available for much of the last couple of months. Continue reading “Shark Fin Hoops CBA Preseason Power Rankings: 11 – 20”

Foreigners And The Fourth Quarter; Making Sense Of The New CBA Rule Change

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Consider it official. After a lot of speculation, the Chinese Basketball Association will once again change its rules about the participation of foreign players in the league as it looks to shift the league away from American hero ball and towards a style of play that will involve local players more often.

Previously, teams were allowed to play both their foreigners for a combined six quarters, meaning each split a quarter in the first half and then play for the whole of the second. Under new proposals that will be applied with immediate effect, only one foreigner will be allowed to play for the fourth quarter. Both foreigners will be able to play but they will have to sub out for one-another. Continue reading “Foreigners And The Fourth Quarter; Making Sense Of The New CBA Rule Change”

Scouting Report: Zhejiang Bulls (12-11)

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Shanghai Sharks 97 – Zhejiang Bulls 94: Turnovers And Bad Luck Costs Sharks Dearly

Shanghai came close but couldn’t get out of their game against the Zhejiang Bulls with a win. Quincy Douby’s team were able to mix pretty basketball with some underhand tricks and will be relieved to have picked up the road win, thanks in no small part to an improbably moment from a very unlikely source. Continue reading “Shanghai Sharks 97 – Zhejiang Bulls 94: Turnovers And Bad Luck Costs Sharks Dearly”

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)”