With the first week of the CBA in the books, its time to go over this first batch of games and extract the story lines and key issues that have emerged. A new scoring champion may well have announced himself in northern China, rebounding might suddenly be cool in the south-east and wherever a game is getting played in the CBA, the standard of defending is probably very, very bad.
Matt Beyer is currently the only westerner who is licensed to work as a sports agent in China. His company, Altius Culture, which Beyer founded and for whom he is its’ managing director, remains a critical access point for many America players looking to play in the Chinese Basketball Association. He was also a color commentator on Chinese television for the 2014 NBA finals. Before arriving in China, he spent time with the Milwaukee Bucks as the chief translator with Yi Jianlian.
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”
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”
With the CBA All-Star weekend now confirmed for February 21st and 22nd, four Sharks have been named on the ballot for the big game in Guangzhou. Continue reading “CBA All-Star Weekend: Four Sharks Make Voting List”
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)”
With the CBA season now underway, its time to once again acknowledge the good, the bad and the ugly moments of Chinese basketball with Niubball head honcho Jon Pastuzek. Topics for discussion this time include Qingdao’s widely anticipated poor form, Tianjin’s entirely unexpected winning record and some lengthy talk about the Shanghai Sharks. Continue reading “CBA Web Chat: McGrady’s One-Man Show, Super Shandong And The Tragic Case Of Congo Cash”
The CBA fixture list has indeed landed and the Sharks 2012/13 schedule is right here and waiting for you. However, as we wait for the season to really swing into gear, it’s probably worth looking over the games that will be played at the Yuanshen Arena and recommending eight good ones to mark down in your calendar. Continue reading “Unmissable: The Eight Sharks Home Games You Need To See This Season”
A lot has changed in the All Star voting since the Week Three balloting numbers were reveled. Having been unable to find last week’s numbers anywhere, the current figures from Week Five released by the CBA’s official website make for interesting reading as they revel a surge of voting for the local players. Interestingly, there hasn’t been an increase of votes for either Zhang Zhaoxu or Sharks’/Chinese national team captain, Liu Wei, although I’m pleased to see Mengke Bateer, who is up there with Tseng Wen-ting as my favourite CBA player, has kept his place.