The CBA Week In Brief: Players On Bad Teams, Players On Bad Visas And The Tragic Plight Of The Flying Pig

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With another round of games in the books, the first month of the 2014/15 Chinese Basketball Association is almost at an end. Liaoning remain top of the standings but much of the rest of the league have changed places in just seven days. All of that means another look at the key stories of the week are in order. This time around, it’s a player who could have been an NBA star, two American cult heroes in China and the trouble with CBA teams (not) doing their paperwork.

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Scouting Report: Xinjiang Tigers (3-1)

It’s that time of year again when the Sharks have to fly over to Uruqi and take on the perpetually cash flush Xinjiang Tigers, who once again have broken out the cheque book in pursuit of that illusive first CBA title. Gilbert Arenas is still out but the Shanghai will be going westwards in high spirits after their no-nonsense victory over Tracy McGrady and the Qingdao Eagles. Continue reading “Scouting Report: Xinjiang Tigers (3-1)”

Web Chat VIII: CBA Playoffs And More Wilson Chandler Shenanigans

After a brief break to take in the madness of the CBA postseason, Edward Bothfeld is back to survey the wreckage of Fujian and Guangsha’s seasons now that they have been knocked out of the playoffs, as well as giving his thoughts on Wilson Chandler’s acrimonious departure from Hangzhou. Continue reading “Web Chat VIII: CBA Playoffs And More Wilson Chandler Shenanigans”

CBA Postseason: Bumper Prediction Special (Edited Second Version)

With the CBA playoffs about to start on Wednesday, the Shanghai Daily’s Alex Linder (who went 10-10 the last time he was speculating on the Sharks’ fortunes) and Niubball’s Edward Bothfeld throw down their predictions for what should be an exciting and pretty unpredictable  set of quarter-final ties.

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Scouting Report: Xinjiang Tigers

Having handled their business against Fujian, now the Sharks go on the road to face Xinjiang, who have recovered from a disastrous start that resulted in the sacking of coach Bob Donewald, Kenyon Martin buying out his contract and Kyle Mills being cut following a serious disagreement over the treatment of his hamstring injury. Currently sitting at 13-12, their recent climb towards the post season has been made possible thanks to a 10-1 home record (the fourth best in the league). Continue reading “Scouting Report: Xinjiang Tigers”