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”
Far away from the world’s eyes, the Xinjiang Tigers have existed in Chinese sport as a monolith for how one should absolutely not run a professional team. Fickle, slick and shameless; if there is talent for sale, the Tigers are picking up the phone and asking how much. Now Andray Blatche has even chosen Xinjiang over the NBA. Those numbers again, folks; three years, $7.5 million and the chance to be the most prominent athlete for a thousand mile in any direction.
Three years ago, Errick McCollum was playing in the second tier of Israeli basketball. Last night, he scored 82 points against the Guangdong Tigers to break the record for most points in a CBA game (75, set in 2012 by Quincy Douby). That was his fourth game of 50 points or more in thirty-seven games. With one game left in the season, McCollum is averaging 39.6ppg and barring some kind of mathematical improbability, the point guard will also shatter the record for most points in a CBA season of 35.2ppg set by the former Xavier center Anthony Myles in 2006.
The oft used quote that those who don’t learn from their history are only doomed to repeat it seems particularly apt in Xinjiang right now. The Tigers, forever looking to win their first ever CBA title, once again broke out the checkbook early on in the year to build up star-studded line-up. Liu Wei, Cao Fei, Zhou Qi, Jordan Crawford and Andray Blatche all arrived at the start of the year and yet the team is 9-4 when they were expecting to be 13-0. The reality is that in the industrial city of Urumqi, it is title or bust and their constantly anxious fan base is now once again calling for something to be done to get the team back on track. Continue reading “Heads Look Set To Roll At Panicking Xinjiang”
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)”
After nearly a fortnight of coverage, the ongoing speculation about Gilbert Arenas appears to have finally come to a close. In a blunt statement on the Sharks official website, the organisation acknowledged that terms have been offered to the American- and baring something very dramatic- the one year contract will be signed and will cover Arenas for the 2012/13 CBA season. The deal arrives just in time for Shanghai’s first game away to Beijing on Saturday.
With Beijing’s Game 5 win to seal the title, the CBA is done for until October. To discuss an action packed season of Chinese basketball, its Niubball’s Jon Pastuzek and Edward Bothfeld swing by to pass judgement on the good, the bad and the ugly of what may well have been the most memorable few months in the league’s history. Continue reading “CBA Web Chat V: End Of Season Review”
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”
With regular web-chatter, Ned Bothfeld out of the country, Niubball head honcho and all-round Chinese basketball sage, Jon Pastuszek steps in from the cold Chinese winter for a monster discussion on Starbury’s triple-double, who is and isn’t going to be playing in the CBA post season and discussing some memorable matches so far this season. Continue reading “Web Chat V: Play-Offs, CBA All-Stars And The Magic Of Marbury”
With the Chinese New Year about to start, its time to talk losing streaks, play off places, JR Smith and hometown bad ass players in another installment of the CBA Web Chat. Continue reading “Web Chat IV: Guangsha/Shanghai In Trouble, Play Off Speculation And The Mad, Bad World Of JR Smith”