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.
Continue reading “The Silent Battle To Be The Best: Hu Xuefeng, Lv Xiaoming And The CBA Assist Record”
In his first game for UC Riverside (go Highlanders, etc) last week, Chris Tang, a Chinese point guard born in Nantong, would play five minutes, pick up a foul and an assists and that was pretty much it. For a player that was once being dubbed the mainland’s Jeremy Lin, this was not a great look. For Chinese basketball as a whole however, given a little of time, this might just work out.
Indeed, the very fact that another Chinese-born is now playing in high(ish) level college basketball in America can only be a good thing. The CBA- for all the chest puffing it has been exhibiting in recent weeks due to the ‘CBA20’ celebrations to commemorate the league’s twentieth anniversary- is still in desperate need of fresh ideas. Wang Zhelin is obviously seen as the next great Chinese NBA player but given the size of the country’s basketball playing population, the harsh reality is that the Fujian big man should not be China’s only viable candidate for the big time.
Continue reading “Chris Tang And The Silent Winds Of Change In Chinese Basketball”
With the CBA set to start on Sunday, November 1st, CBA teams are gearing up for another season of wall-to-wall basketball. Having dealt with the bottom half of the league last week, now its time to look at the teams who will be expected to compete for play-off sports and ultimately vie for the title itself.
Continue reading “SHARK FIN HOOPS CBA PRESEASON POWER RANKINGS: 1 – 10”
With the Chinese Basketball Association starting on November 1st, basketball in the country is starting to slowly come back to life. By now teams have filled their rosters with free agents from both inside and outside of China and its now probably the best time to assess the quality of each of the twenty teams in the newly expanded league. This of course being China, fortunes can change very quickly for some organizations depending on the overseas players they brought in (or didn’t) and which local players managed to improve over the summer break. In the first of two segments, its time to look at the bottom half of the league based on the information that’s been available for much of the last couple of months. Continue reading “Shark Fin Hoops CBA Preseason Power Rankings: 11 – 20”
Among the things that most confuse long-established American players in the Chinese Basketball Association is the reluctance of local players to take advantage of their free agency. In the CBA, contracts have expiration dates like you would see in the NBA but its still extremely rare to see a high profile player move teams. Lesser known Chinese players will of course switch teams but that is more because their current employer has no interest on offering them a new deal. Continue reading “Xinjiang’s Free Agency Rampage”
No Von Wafer, no problem- at least against a limited Jiangsu Dragons. The Sharks, with the injured Wafer watching from the sidelines, dug deep to dispatch the visitors as Shanghai’s improbable run up the standings continues. Continue reading “Jiangsu Dragons 78 – Shanghai Sharks 84: Darnell Jackson Slays Dragons In”
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”
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 captain Liu Wei has been elected to start for the South in the upcoming CBA All-Star game in Guangzhou. The point guard, now in his fifteenth season in the league, received 768,563 votes in little over a month. Continue reading “Liu Wei Voted In As All-Star Starter”
Thanks to a clutch floater, Gilbert Arenas defied his critics and brought home a huge victory for the Sharks against local rivals, the Jiangsu Dragons. With four seconds on the clock, Arenas’ shot was good for the win and the Sharks can now move on to their next game with at least some pride restored after their blow-out loss to Guangsha on Friday. Continue reading “Jiangsu Dragons 94 – Shanghai Sharks 95: Arenas’ Snatches Victory For Sharks”