With talk about both Zhou Qi and Wang Zhelin running for the NBA draft in the near future, young Chinese players haven’t been talked about this much since Yi Jianlian was a young prospect almost a decade ago. Now, in the first of two parts, Marco Catanzaro breaks down some of the other young players that need to be studied closely. Continue reading “Local Players To Watch This Season (Part 1)”
With the first games of the season set to start this coming weekend, the CBA preseason is nearly over. However, it doesn’t mean there still isn’t enough time for one final preview article in which a number of Chinese basketball watchers come together and make their predictions for what should be a wild five months of basketball.
Continue reading “Breaking Down The CBA Season 2015/16: Predictions”
In the second of a four-part CBA preview, we break down two teams that are making bold free agency decisions (the Jilin Tigers and Jiangsu Dragons), one all-time great team that needs to improve in the postseason (Guangdong Tigers), another play-off team that will probably keep punching above its weight (Guangsha Lions) and a Foshan Long Lions roster that simply needs to prove something to itself. Part one can be read here. Continue reading “Breaking Down The 2015/16 CBA Season: Part Two”
Few owners in the CBA have given league administrators as many sleepless nights as Wang Xingquan. The personification of the Chinese ‘da laoban’ (‘big boss’), it seemed at times that Wang was actively looking for ways to piss people off. If the league could have put a hit out on him, they probably would have done.
Things though have been quiet for the last year. Having sold the ownership of his old team, the Shanxi Dragons, to a group of Chinese investors, Wang seemed destined to fade into obscurity and perhaps become a humorous aside from the old days of the CBA. However, those hopes appear to have been dashed if Sina Sport is to be believed; ‘The Chinese Cuban is Back!’, it thundered. To the presumed horror of league officials, Boss Wang has indeed resurfaced in his home province of Henan, busily establishing a team to compete in next year’s National Basketball League, essentially the second tier of Chinese basketball.
The Shanxi Dragons have completed the retooling of their overseas roster following the acquisition of former Bobcats/Hornets and Sixers big man, BJ Mullins. The signing now means the Dragons have a pretty formidable trio of imports and Mullins will slot in well next to Zaid Abbas and Von Wafer. Continue reading “BJ Mullens Signs In Shanxi”
The Shanghai Sharks walked out of Shanxi province with a rare win at an arena they have typically struggled at, thanks in part to the sharp shooting of Von Wafer. The absence of Marcus Williams through injury certainly helped but a win is a win and the Sharks now have three of them whilst the Dragons, soon to relocate to Beijing, are on a 0-4 run and could be a ‘dead pool’ team if this run of form continues. Continue reading “Shanghai Sharks 111 – Shanxi Dragons 102: Shanghai Pull Off Smash And Grab Raid In Rare Win At Shanxi”
Uh-oh. The Shanxi Dragons, Shanghai’s very recent nemesis is coming to town and although the team is a little different to what it was a couple of months ago, the visitors are still a very tricky outfit. Continue reading “Scouting Report: Shanxi Dragons (12-9)”
The Sharks brief run of wins is over after Charles Gaines ground down the visiting Shanghai side with some one-dimensional but hugely effective close range power. With partner in crime Marcus Williams also getting in on the act, the Dragons’ two American star players routed their guests thanks to a second half display of offensive might. Continue reading “Shanxi Dragons 123 – Shanghai Sharks 108: Gaines Reigns Supreme In Taiyuan”
Having survived their visit to Uruqi, its now time for the Sharks to head on over to Taiyuan and a rendezvous with the Shanxi Dragons, who last season were Shanghai’s bogey team. Indeed, the Sharks played Shanxi six times in the 2011/12 edition and lost four of those encounters including three play-off games that knocked them out of that year’s post season. Continue reading “Scouting Report: Shanxi Dragons”
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”