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”

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Scouting Report: Tianjin Lions (0-1)

Following the loss to Beijing, its time for a visit to Tianjin where Shanghai will take on a Lions team that has been reliably awful for as long as it has existed. A week ago, this would have seemed like an easy win for Shanghai. However without Gilbert¬†Arenas- whose groin injury will almost certainly mean he’ll miss the game according to local media reports- suddenly the Sharks look like they might have a real fight on their hands. Continue reading “Scouting Report: Tianjin Lions (0-1)”

CBA Web Chat III: Guangsha/Shanghai, more upheaval in Urumqi and the CBA’s hottest cheerleaders

With the CBA about to plunge into the last ten games of the regular season, its time for another chat on the big issues of the day, and failing that, another chance to speculate at just how bonkers playing for the Xinjiang Tigers must be.

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