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”
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”
Liu Wei dropped a trey at the final buzzer to move himself over the thirty point mark for the night as the Shanghai Sharks romped home against a tired Jilin team who apart from DeWarrick Spencer played like they had conceded the game before the tip-off. Continue reading “Shanghai Sharks 115 – Jilin Tigers 96: Sharks Devour Sloppy Jilin”
Some gutsy fourth quarter magic from an increasingly injury ravaged Shanghai team was enough to help the Sharks go to Ningbo and pull off an unlikely victory against the Bayi Rockets. DJ White top scored with a season high 33 points and added 18 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocks to his statline for the night as the visiting team beat the form book and took home the W. Continue reading “Bayi Rockets 73 – Shanghai Sharks 79: DJ White Shoots Down Rockets In Massive Road Win”
The governing body of the Chinese Basketball Association has moved to fine the Shanghai Sharks 100,000 RMB ($16k) after crowd trouble at the end of the Sharks’ ill-tempered home loss to the Dongguan Leopards on January 25th. Continue reading “Shanghai Sharks Fined 100,000 RMB For Crowd Trouble”
Despite a number of players turning in solid performances, the Shanghai Sharks once again finished as the losing side, albeit after a memorising game that quickly became a procession of big shots from all ends of the basketball court. Continue reading “Dongguan Leopards 103 – Shanghai Sharks 98: Haislip’s Magic Proves The Difference In Offensive Slugfest”
It might be football (soccer) season in China right now but it doesn’t mean that the Sharks aren’t getting their reps in now that the CBA season is supposedly only two months away. With a preseason tour of Australia coming up at the end of September, Shanghai have been sparring with a number of other CBA teams who are also slowly getting back into the groove.
Results so far are listed below with a few interesting details attached alongside the scoreline. With no overseas players on the team (although it is thought that both of Shanghai’s imports will be signed within the next fortnight), the following games represent a lot of playing time for bench players and youngsters to show the Sharks’backroom staff exactly what they have learned during the off season.
09/01: Guangsha Lions 82 – Shanghai Sharks 76 (Liu Ziqui 18 pts; Wu Yang 11pts; Liu Ziqui 10 pts)
09/02: Bayi Rockets 69- Shanghai Sharks 66 (Liu Ziqui 18 pts; Wu Yang 10pts & 6rbs; Meng Lingyuan, Peng Fei, 8pts).
09/03: Jiangsu Dragons 80 – Shanghai Sharks 72 (Wu Yang 15pts; Feng Tian 11pts & 5rbs; Meng Lingyuan, Peng Fei, 9pts)
Whilst there is still CBA basketball being played, the 2011/12 season has obviously ended for the Shanghai Sharks. Although the players are now having enjoy some hard earned holiday, Sharks coach, Daniel Panaggio, remains in Shanghai, working with the club’s youth teams. With those very players going through their drills in the background, Coach Panaggio was kind enough to give his thoughts on the Shanxi series, the development of the Sharks’emerging young players and what will be waiting for the squad from their break in a few weeks. Continue reading “Coach Panaggio Post Season Interview”
If there was ever a game that summed up the madness and drama of Chinese basketball, tonight was it. Shanghai got the victory- thanks to the uber-clutch Marcus Landry- but it was painfully close. However, what’s important now is that the boys from the Yuanshen are coming home with an 18-14 record before they return to north China to play the Shanxi Dragons in the first round of the playoffs.