Shanxi Dragons 123 – Shanghai Sharks 108: Gaines Reigns Supreme In Taiyuan

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”

Scouting Report: Shanxi Dragons

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”

Unmissable: The Eight Sharks Home Games You Need To See This Season

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”

CBA Webchat: T-Mac, A Retooled Guangdong Offence and Jianbings

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.

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Web Chat VI: Olympic Roster, Managerial Changes And A Chinese Swansong For A.I.?

Its been a LONG offseason and whilst its been great watching Nicolas Anelka and the growing masses of European soccer players currently turning out in the Chinese Super League, there’s always time for some CBA chit-chat. Niubball’s Jon Pastuzek, just back in Beijing following a long holiday in the U.S., is the man stepping in to talk about the Chinese national team,  Shaanxi locking down Marcus Williams and Charles Gaines for another two years and the possibility of seeing Allen Iverson playing in the CBA Continue reading “Web Chat VI: Olympic Roster, Managerial Changes And A Chinese Swansong For A.I.?”

CBA Web Chat IV: The Continuing Misadventures of Wilson Chandler And Foreign Coaches In The CBA

Although both Shanghai and Guangsha are done for the season, Niubball’s Edward Bothfeld swings by once again to talk Chinese hoops. Easing into a long off season,  now its a case of speculating on what could happen in the next few days between Shanxi and Beijing, what could have been in Hangzhou and what it takes to stride the touch line in the CBA.  Continue reading “CBA Web Chat IV: The Continuing Misadventures of Wilson Chandler And Foreign Coaches In The CBA”

Coach Panaggio Post Season Interview

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”