Having gone quiet for too long, the Chinese basketball season is about a month away from starting and in anticipation of this, cash has been flashed and some well-known NBA players will be plying their trade in China this season. Talking it over along with me this time around is Niubball head honcho Jon Pastuzek and a newcomer to the world of Middle Kingdom hoops, Karan Madhok.
The Shanghai Sharks have finished their stint in Australia taking on teams from the host country and Singapore. With the CBA season still a month away the tournament in Oz represented a chance for Sharks to get in some fine tuning as well as trying out new ideas, plays and players. Results from the tournament in Australia are listed below: Continue reading “Shanghai Sharks Preseason Results: Cable Beach Invitational”
Shanghai Sharks’ first game in the Cable Beach Invitational tournament in Australia ended in a comprehensive defeat to the Perth Wildcats. The Australian side were coming into this game on a high having won their six previous games including a 73-47 defeat of the Guangsha Lions and calmly made it seven wins on the bounce.
Elijah Millsap put up 14 points but was the only player in a relatively inexperienced Shanghai line-up (who gave up a whopping 31 turnovers) to score in the double figures. Center Mathew Knight top scored for the Wildcats with 13 points but chances were shared among the line-up as the Australians rotated their players constantly.
Before alarm bells start to ring, it should be noted that this was obviously an experimental line-up going up against a perennial powerhouse in Australian basketball who had previously served notice of their potential by dismantling Shanghai 66-23 under similar circumstances this time last year as well. The score sheet doesn’t look pretty but with DJ White due to meet up with the team any day now and the team coming together personal-wise, things are still on course for the Sharks to get in the groove for the CBA start in November.
With Elijah Milsap already on the books of the Sharks, is the former Charlotte Bobcat power forward DJ White going to be the next man to fly into Shanghai from America? ESPN’s Mark Stein seems to think so. Continue reading “Former Oklahoma, Charlotte Forward, DJ White Linked With Shanghai”
In their first significant player-related move of the summer, the Shanghai Sharks have brought in Elijah Milsap, a 6″6 swingman who last played for the LA Defenders in the NBA D-League. Millsap, whose brother Paul plays for Utah Jazz, will be playing his first season in Chinese basketball. Continue reading “Sharks Sign Elijah Millsap”