Greg Oden Injury Woes Continue To Blight Jiangsu

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A quick burst of obvious news from this week; a bear defecated in the woods, the Pope attended Mass and Greg Oden is out with injury. Only one of those stories affects a basketball team in China but the ongoing situation surrounding the former number one draft pick remains potent and could turn ugly at any second. Continue reading “Greg Oden Injury Woes Continue To Blight Jiangsu”

The Silent Battle To Be The Best: Hu Xuefeng, Lv Xiaoming And The CBA Assist Record

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It was his only significant pass of the game but the fourth-quarter dish gave Hu Xuefeng 2,242 career assists and ownership of the league’s all-time record. The Jiangsu Dragons, who were missing Chris Singleton with what has since turned out to be an ACL tear, lost that game, 117-94 to Shandong but the significance of Hu’s achievement still can’t be overlooked.

It was absolutely a special moment but even the circumstances behind Hu’s claiming of the record reflects how unorthodox the Jiangsu player has been over the years. The point guard, who has played for Dragons since 1999, is now also the team’s head coach and supposed to be running things from the bench. Instead, with the team badly weakened by injuries, Hu has played for most of the season and was able to come into Wednesday’s game within touching distance of the assist record he formerly owned but had since lost to Sichuan’s Lv Xiaoming.

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Unmissable: The Eight Sharks Home Games You Need To See This Season

The CBA fixture list has indeed landed and the Sharks 2012/13 schedule is right here and waiting for you.  However, as we wait for the season to really swing into gear, it’s probably worth looking over the games that will be played at the Yuanshen Arena and recommending eight good ones to mark down in your calendar. Continue reading “Unmissable: The Eight Sharks Home Games You Need To See This Season”

Shanghai Sharks 103 – Jiangsu Dragons 83: Playoff Bound Sharks Dismantle Visitors In Swashbuckling Rout

The Shanghai Sharks recovered from a poor first quarter to run riot against a dire Jiangsu Dragons outfit. Mike Harris was dynamite once again and Coach Panaggio will be pleased at the production he got from the bench as the Sharks moved up to fifth in the CBA table. With two games left in the regular season, Shanghai have now earned themselves a playoff spot, although exactly which one it is remains to be seen. Continue reading “Shanghai Sharks 103 – Jiangsu Dragons 83: Playoff Bound Sharks Dismantle Visitors In Swashbuckling Rout”

Scouting Report: Jiangsu Dragons

The final visitors to the Yuanshen for the 2011/12 CBA season are the fallen giants from Nanjing, the Jiangsu Dragons (7-22), who have lost their way this year after almost a decade of regularly qualifying for the playoffs and will go into this fixture with a six game losing streak to their name and fighting to avoid finishing bottom of the table with three games left in the regular season.  Continue reading “Scouting Report: Jiangsu Dragons”

CBA All-Star Game: Week Five Update

A lot has changed in the All Star voting since the Week Three balloting numbers were reveled. Having been unable to find last week’s numbers anywhere, the current figures from Week Five released by the CBA’s official website make for interesting reading as they revel a surge of voting for the local players. Interestingly, there hasn’t been an increase of votes for either Zhang Zhaoxu or Sharks’/Chinese national team captain,  Liu Wei, although I’m pleased to see Mengke Bateer, who is up there with Tseng Wen-ting as my favourite CBA player, has kept his place.

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