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”