The picture shown above was the lead image of Sina Sport’s CBA coverage for most of Sunday and early Monday morning. In it, Stephon Marbury is glaring angrily at his Beijing teammate and former LA Laker, Sun Yue. Meanwhile, with both men trapped in their own private imbroglio, Shandong’s Ding Yanyuhan hangs from the rim amid the sound of a home arena rising to its feet. Few images speak this loud; few moments better incapsulate how much trouble the reigning CBA champions are in.
On the flip side of the fourth quarter rule that now allows only one import on the court at any time, many things have changed in the CBA. Now there are ‘import no. 1’ and ‘import no. 2’ statuses, a seldom-before-seen hierarchy for foreigners and a distinctly fresh flavor to the Chinese free agency market. It seems teams have also gotten wise to the need to balance out their rosters. One only has to look at thrice-time champions Beijing– whose wisely built roster allows homegrown players like Li Gen and Sun Yue to thrive without not taking numbers away from Randolph Morris and Stephon Marbury– to realize how successful this special blend actually is. Continue reading “Keeping Up With The Zhou’s: CBA Teams Looking To Get Local Assets.”
Guangsha has been a stable playoff team in the past years, not missing the top eight since 2007. Unfortunately, with only one series won and a plethora of 0-3 losses, the squad hailing from Hangzhou seems stuck in no man’s land. Enter Jeremy Pargo, the youngest of the Pargo brothers (Jannero is currently playing for the Charlotte Hornets whilst Jeremy himself has had a few NBA stints) and a Euroleague pure scorer. Will he be the one to carry the Lions out of (high-level) mediocrity?
Never doubt the power of money, folks. The Xinjiang Tigers, barely five months after an embarrassing failure to make the CBA play-offs, have loaded up once again for a roster that looks– on paper at least– to be close to unstoppable. This is of course the Xinjiang way; win the offseason and come into the subsequent CBA campaign with everyone talking about them. Its happened many times before but this time, its especially galling. Not only have they added Li Gen, one of China’s best shooters, the Tigers have also hired Liu Quiping to act as the coach for the forthcoming campaign. Continue reading “Xinjiang Add Li Gen and Liu Qiuping; Once Again Look To Buy Title”
Liaoning Leopards vs. Beijing Ducks
Is Liaoning, the team that always flatters to deceive, about to finally fulfill its destiny and win a CBA title? This will be the fifth time the Leopards have made the championship series but not since the mid 1990’s (when the team made three consecutive Finals) have Liaoning looked this good. They have a proven scorer and ball handler in Lester Hudson, a very useful big man that gets it down down low and shooters that space the floor and knock down their shots at a high clip. Continue reading “Shark Fin Hoops CBA Play-Off Preview: Finals”
The CBA might be done for a while but it doesn’t mean that basketball in China stops completely until September when teams start bringing in overseas players for the upcoming season and also embarking on preseason tours. Obviously there is the largely irrelevant spectacle of the National Basketball League, which is basically a poorly run summer league involving teams from backwater third-tier cities, but this year there will also be the National Games in which every province in China competes to be the best basketball region in the country. Continue reading “Li Gen To Play For Shanghai In National Games”
The first game in the 2012/13 Chinese Basketball Association season is a big one and a suitably feisty derby encounter should hopefully set the tempo for both teams’ campaigns from now until the play-offs start in March. Continue reading “Scouting Report: Beijing Ducks”
Having gone quiet for too long, the Chinese basketball season is about a month away from starting and in anticipation of this, cash has been flashed and some well-known NBA players will be plying their trade in China this season. Talking it over along with me this time around is Niubball head honcho Jon Pastuzek and a newcomer to the world of Middle Kingdom hoops, Karan Madhok.
The Shanghai Sharks won yet again at home but had to do it the hard way after a disastrous third quarter undid the excellent work of a swashbuckling first half. The scoreline will tell you that the Sharks beat Qingdao Eagles 69-63 but the home side will be kicking themselves after letting the game get so close in the first place. Continue reading “Shanghai Sharks 66 – Qingdao Eagles 63”
The 6-10 Qingdao Eagles are next in line for a visit to the Yuanshen, and the Sharks, who have only lost once at home all season will be well aware that their guests have an awful 1-6 record when they leave their home stadium. Both teams are on a winning streak, but the three-in-a-row Sharks will regard themselves as the favourites against the 13th placed Eagles, who come into this game with recent wins against Shandong and Foshan.
That said, the Eagles will return to Shanghai still boasting the formidable Lester Hudson, currently averaging 34.2 ppg and 5.9 apg in the CBA. Hudson was the key to beating the Sharks last time around and he will need to be watched carefully in the latest engagement. The arrival of the much traveled center Olumide Oyedeji will also be cause for concern. The Nigerian, who has had previous spells with Beijing, Lioaning and Shanxi over a three year spell in the CBA is averaging 15 rebounds a game since he returned to China having previously been playing for Changwon LG Sakers in the Korea’s KBL. Qindao’s tricky forward, Li Gen can also cause mischief if not watched closely.
The Sharks will obviously need to be weary of Hudson, who has put up big scores against a number of teams this season, but as their record shows, Qingdao do not have a tremendous amount of back up for their American forward.If Hudson can be kept under control by a Shanghai defence that is the best in the league, the Sharks should be able to deal with the Eagles. That said, the Sharks squad, weakened by flu when they played Tianjin Lions, can expect a stronger test against Qingdao and will need to get start the game with momentum lest a Hudson-inspired offense takes control of another game that Shanghai need to win.