More Teams, More Questions; Breaking Down The CBA’s Latest Expansion

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League expansion is happening and Jiangsu Tongxi and the Chongqing Flying Dragons are set to become the newest additions to the CBA, bumping up the number of association members to twenty. It marks another big day for the Chinese Basketball Association, who after years of not altering the league’s format, made sweeping rule changes this summer and have added three teams in less than twelve months (the other team, the Sichuan Blue Whales were promoted last year).

On a short-term level, this will mean more playing opportunities for local players in China’s biggest league and in theory a stronger pool of talent for the national team to draw on. On a broader scale, it also says a lot about the CBA’s bullish new attitude to building up the league and having teams in as many large urban areas in the country as possible.

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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”

Zhu Fangyu Becomes The CBA’s Newest Summer Scandal

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Zhu Fangyu, the all-time leading scorer in the Chinese Basketball Association and a cornerstone of his country’s national team is probably wishing he could stay in America indefinitely right now. The small forward, part of the Guangdong Tigers team that has won eight CBA titles in eleven years, is currently training stateside whilst back in China, a lurid scandal involving himself, his now ex-wife and a third woman continues to gain momentum.

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Chris Daniels, Unpaid Wages And The Latest Black Day For The CBA

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Over in Yingkou, Liaoning Province, things are about to get very messy for the city’s beloved basketball team. FIBA, world basketball’s governing body, have finally had enough of the Chinese team’s intransigence regarding the non-payment of a former players’ wages. Not only have the Liaoning Jaguars refused to pay the player, former Texas A&M big man Chris Daniels, they also effectively gave the middle finger to FIBA by refusing to acknowledge its’ ruling that the Chinese team had to pay up. To say this is going to be a costly mistake is an understatement. FIBA is riled up and ready for war whilst the CBA itself can only look on aghast.

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Shark Fin Hoops Comment: Short Term Thinking Will Be Costly To Shanghai

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”

A Painful Five Months In Shanghai: Reviewing The Sharks 2012/13 CBA Season

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”

Shanghai Sharks 72 – Guangdong Tigers 97: Yi Jianlian Crushes Shanghai As Tigers’ Winning Streak Goes On

Five years after his last visit to the Yuanshen, Yi Jianlian made up for lost time by scoring 26 points and hauling in 12 boards as the Guangdong Tigers routed their hosts in ruthless fashion. The seven-footer was an offensive force for most of his time on the court and made a powerful statement to any teams watching him back in the NBA. Continue reading “Shanghai Sharks 72 – Guangdong Tigers 97: Yi Jianlian Crushes Shanghai As Tigers’ Winning Streak Goes On”