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.
Another round of games, another week of story lines. This time around its the struggles of a CBA legend, one of China’s oldest teams in turmoil, another mishandling a young star and China’s next great big man™ is emerging on the horizon in Xinjiang.
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.
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”
Last season’s worst team, the Qingdao Eagles, have made their first foreign signing of the year, bringing in Euro League point guard, Justin Dentmon.
The Eagles, who will be most well-known to western audiences as the team that signed Tracy McGrady two years ago, ran most of their offense through Josh Akognon, and Dentmon will find himself plugged into the same role as Qingdao look to improve from a 5-29 season in 2013.
Dentmon last played in Lithuania, averaging 15.3ppg . Before moving to Europe, he bounced around the NBA for three years with San Antonio, Dallas and Toronto, playing garbage time minutes with all three teams.
Shanghai’s season ended like it started- with a blow-out defeat to a team with championship ambitions as Gilbert Arenas watched it all happen from the bench. A campaign that was defined by injuries eventually (some would say mercifully) came to a close after a Liaoning team led by its vibrant backcourt duo of Josh Akognon and Guo Ailun tore the home side to pieces. Continue reading “Shanghai Sharks 77 – Liaoning Jaguars 99: No Mercy For Shanghai As The Hosts End Season With A Whimper”
Another huge effort from DJ White was still not enough to keep the Sharks even remotely close to their hosts on Tuesday evening. Without Gilbert Arenas or Liu Wei, Shanghai didn’t have any real support for White as a ruthless Liaoning side eased into triple figures without too much trouble. Continue reading “Liaoning Jaguars 110 – Shanghai Sharks 82: Li Xiaoxu Pulls No Punches As Sharks Routed On The Road”
Having fallen to the Jilin Tigers, Shanghai are now due a visit to Benxi to take on the formidable Liaoning Jaguars. The hosts, loaded as they are with good local players, will probably be one of the Sharks’ most difficult road games this season. Moreover, with Gilbert Arenas and Liu Wei still in either the US or Shanghai recovering from injuries, things are going to be even tougher. Continue reading “Scouting Report: Liaoning Jaguars (9-6)”
For now at least, normal service at the Yuanshen has been resumed as the Shanghai Sharks eased to victory over the Dongguan Leopards. Mike Harris returned to the line-up after the death of his brother and conjured up a sensation performance to help Shanghai beat their guests, 110-97. The Sharks keep their winning record going into the New Year break and now stand at 13-11 with eight games to go in the regular season. Continue reading “Shanghai Sharks 110 – Dongguan Leopards 97: Harris’ Hot Hand Destroys Visitors”
With the Chinese New Year break about to kick in, the Sharks will be playing the second ranked team in the CBA, the 16-8 (6-6 on the road), Dongguan Leopards, who comprehensively beat Shanghai in their earlier encounter back in December and the Leopards have strung together a six-game winning streak with little to no hype. The home side must win this game to retain a winning record going into the brief break in basketball for New Year festivities. Continue reading “Scouting Report: Dongguan Leopards”