CBA Round Up: Round 2

Zhejiang Bulls 101 – Dongguan Leopards 73

J.R. Smith turned in a workmanlike performance as Zhejiang Bulls did away with Dongguan Leopards 101-73. Josh Boone put up 24 points including a couple of crowd pleasing dunks, and 13 rebounds,  whilst Smith, now returned from his brief elopement to Beijing scored a modest 15 points plus five assists and six rebounds.

Forward Cao Fei also got in on the act, scoring 21 points and the Bulls can be pleased with a clinical dismantling of a Dongguan side that posed little threat to Zhejiang attempts to get their opening win of the season at the second time of asking. Continue reading “CBA Round Up: Round 2”

CBA Round Up: Round 1

Shangdong Lions:93 – Foshan Dralions 79

Gerald Green scored 18 points in a losing effort as his Foshan Dralions lost at home to Shandong 93-79. The former Boston Celtic made  was 3/6 from field goals and 3/9 at three-point attempt, also dished out two assists, but crucially failed to dunk at all, presumably to the absolute horror of every Chinese basketball media outlet who have been contractually obliged to remind readers that he won the 2007 Slam Dunk contest at every chance they get.

Swingman Alan Anderson also put up 18 points for Shandong as well as six rebounds and three assists as the former Michigan State player helped the Jinan outfit dispatch their hosts. Sun Jie also made 14 points including four from downtown, whilst Sui Ran made (12 points), Li Lin (11 points) and Othello Hunter (11) also joined made it into double digits. Hunter was generally large and in charge throughout, as the former Ohio State power forward helped himself to 21 rebounds over the course of the game.

Guangsha Lions: 115 – Tianjin Golden Lions:113

Wilson Chandler exploded onto the CBA with an imperious 43 points, 22 rebounds and four assists in a fifty minute spell that will confirm his status as the unofficial king of Hangzhou. A high scoring affair throughout, Guangsha seemed content to sit back and let their marque name do his thing and the former Denver Nugget did just that, making 18-of-32 field goals including two powerful dunks. Tianjin’s Zhang Nan tried to keep pace with the American but tonight was Chandler’s show and a A-list performance from Guangsha forward sealed the deal for his side and helped his side see off an unexpectedly plucky opposition. Continue reading “CBA Round Up: Round 1”

CBA 2011-2012: Team-By-Team Rankings

With the CBA pre-season hours away from becoming the regular season, there is still time for perpetually authoritative website, NiuBBall, to not only post its detailed team-by-team power rankings but also look down the fixture list this season and pick out the must-see match-ups over the course of this year’s CBA. Well, when I say ‘must see’, what I also kind of mean is ‘games that you must see in person because Chinese TV has decided to show an episode of Knight Rider or one of the myriad of costume dramas based in Chinese antiquity instead’.

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2011-2012 CBA Fixture List Revealed

Ooooooh weee. I’m too lazy to write it out in full but Shanghai start off their CBA Season with three games on the road, starting with Qingdao on November 20th. The first game for the Sharks at the Yuanshan is on November 30th against Guangsha

Suitably spicy home games to look forward to will be the hardly festive, big-city showdown on December 25th when Beijing Ducks to roll into town. Student-smashing boo-hiss villains Bayi Rockets come to Shanghai on February 5th, whilst JR Smith and his Zhejiang chums will be arriving a couple of days later on Feb, 8th.

Click on this delightful link for the complete Shanghai Sharks season in badly translated Mandarin.

Click on this even more delightful link from NuiBBall for the CBA’s full-season schedule in English.

Photo: cba.gov.cn

CBA News In Brief: Smith and Chandler Settling In Well; Kenyon Martin Less So

Both JR Smith and Wilson Chandler have stated that nethier will be backing out of their CBA contracts  should the NBA lock-out resolve itself before the Chinese league finishes in 2012. Chandler, who is effectively the new king of East China following an impressive pre-season tournament where he continually scored big, is easily the most hyped basketball player in the country right now.

Smith, who picked up a double in his last game (thirty points with ten rebounds) and won the previous one with a buzzer beating three,  is also enjoying a happy honeymoon with his new fan base, and has begin posting from his Weibo account (in China, facebook and twitter are blocked and in their place are Chinese alturnatives that mimic the aforementioned social network sites)

Fosham’s Gerald Greene continues to garner a lot of love, based largely on his dunking exploits, and it appears that Chinese basketball will automatically go through withdrawl symptoms if Green’s victory at the Slam Dunk contest in 2007 isn’t mentioned once a sentence should his name be uttered.

Kenyon Martin on the other hand is doing less well, despite making good numbers over his pre-season games and has been variously described by bloggers as ‘blue collar’ and ‘needing time to adjust’ so sayeth google translator.

Meanwhile, Dongguan coach, Al Gore (not him) has suggusted that Fosham deliberately tanked to allow them to be able to sign more overseas players due to their low ranking. Gore goes onto argue that whilst the recruiting of big name players is important, there is obviously the danger that Chinese youngsters lose their spots to North American journeymen.

Beijing Ducks point guard and full-time eccentric Stephon Marbury has been taking time off from playing due to fatique but also to observe the tactics of his coach from the sidelines with a view to one day donning a suit and incohieriantly pointing at a clipboard himself.

With the league to start soon, the pick of the emerging youngsters seems to be Jiangsu Dragon’s teenage shooting-guard, Ding Yan Yu-hang, whose been getting far more looks now that attention is firmly set on recently arrived, former Milwaukee Bucks centre, Dan Gadzuric.

Photo: sports.sina.com.cn

The NBA Lockout and What It Means To Chinese Basketball

The ongoing NBA lockout has understandably been a massive coup to other basketball leagues around the world, who have invited a number of its currently unpaid players for a spot of moonlighting in a variety of interesting locations.  Deron Williams is in Turkey, Tony Parker and Rudy Fernandez are turning up for teams in their native France and Spain, and players from the basketball’s most lucrative league  can be found plying their trade in Israel, Russia, Brazil, Poland, South Korea, Slovenia, Serbia, Lithuania and Montenegro to name but a few.

China has also got in on the act but with a crucial difference. Though the NBA lock-out allows for players to play for other teams, the majority of the players playing overseas have opt-out clauses in these invariably year-long contracts that will allow them to return to the NBA if and when the labour dispute ends. China on the other hand is taking a firm line with teams in the CBA reaching out to NBA players, insisting that only free agents can be signed, all of whom will be expected to fulfill the duration of their CBA contracts. Continue reading “The NBA Lockout and What It Means To Chinese Basketball”