For the third consecutive season, the Sharks’ season has been thrown into chaos following the injury to a star American guard. Two years ago, it was Ryan Forehan-Kelly then Gilbert Arenas’ infamous problems with his groin in 2012 and now Von Wafer will also be forced to end his season early following an injury if reports from Sina Sports are to be believed. Continue reading “Von Wafer Released Following Injury”
Well this is interesting. Sharks owner Yao Ming has come out and confirmed that Shanghai will not be taking up the option of a third foreign player slot (valid only for the current season) that they would be entitled to as a result of finishing in the bottom five of last year’s CBA. This would seemingly be the first time a team has decided not to take advantage of the rule since the ‘Deadpool’ roster clause was invented. Continue reading “Yao Ming Refuses To Change His Mind; Sharks Will Not Sign Third Overseas Player”
The CBA offseason is still in full-effect in China but it doesn’t mean that basketball isn’t being played here. The national team is fighting it out in the Stankovic Cup right now but beyond the shores of the Middle Kingdom, club basketball is being played and given I have nothing else to report right now, it makes sense to check in on some of Shanghai’s old boys.
Its been a very quiet offseason for CBA fans but it still doesn’t mean that various members (past and present) of the Shanghai Sharks aren’t getting in the news. Take former Sharks star Gilbert Arenas, who is currently back home in America as he plots his next move following an injury ridden season in Shanghai.
According to the gossip website TMZ, Arenas was caught driving through Los Angeles yesterday at 2:30am with a suspended license As well as getting a ticket for speeding (he was driving 80mph in what would presumably have been a 55mph zone), the two-time NBA All-Star was found to have around twenty boxes (reportedly around 100lbs) of illegal fireworks in his pick-up truck. Agent Zero was released without bail but it is another example of Arenas’ goofishness (which I’m totally okay by the way).
With several months to go before the CBA slowly rolls into action, it will take a while before we know if Arenas is coming back to Chinese basketball, let alone, the Sharks. Arenas has indicated a preference for returning to his former team but a lot will depend on his health. That said, another CBA team will take surely a chance on him given if only to bring in crowds. In the meantime, Arenas is clearly keeping himself busy…
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”
Though the CBA has finished for another season, it doesn’t mean that all of its players are sitting at home with their feet up. Shanghai had three foreign players this season and all of whom have left China one way or another and now seems the right time to check in on the American trio. Continue reading “Where Are They Now: Checking In With Shanghai’s Overseas Players”
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”
Despite an injury ravaged first year in the CBA, Gilbert Arenas has expressed an interest in continuing his basketball adventures in the Middle Kingdom. Speaking to reporters after the last game of the season, Arenas was very matter-of-fact on the subject; ‘if Yao Ming wanted to take me back, of course I would like to return to Shanghai’. Continue reading “Gilbert Arenas Leaves Door Open For Return”
Shanghai’s season ended like it started- with a blow-out defeat to a team with championship ambitions as Gilbert Arenas watched it all happen from the bench. A campaign that was defined by injuries eventually (some would say mercifully) came to a close after a Liaoning team led by its vibrant backcourt duo of Josh Akognon and Guo Ailun tore the home side to pieces. Continue reading “Shanghai Sharks 77 – Liaoning Jaguars 99: No Mercy For Shanghai As The Hosts End Season With A Whimper”