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”

Shanghai Sharks 114 – Shanxi Dragons 121: Liu’s Heroics Not Enough To Save Gutsy Shanghai

The Shanghai Sharks’ season is over following defeat to the visiting Shanxi Dragons in a thrilling 121-114 shoot-out. Marcus Williams and Charles Gaines came good in crunch time for the guests, who capitalized on Shanghai’s disorientation in the fourth quarter and will now advance to the next phase of the CBA playoffs. Continue reading “Shanghai Sharks 114 – Shanxi Dragons 121: Liu’s Heroics Not Enough To Save Gutsy Shanghai”

Web Chat VIII: CBA Playoffs And More Wilson Chandler Shenanigans

After a brief break to take in the madness of the CBA postseason, Edward Bothfeld is back to survey the wreckage of Fujian and Guangsha’s seasons now that they have been knocked out of the playoffs, as well as giving his thoughts on Wilson Chandler’s acrimonious departure from Hangzhou. Continue reading “Web Chat VIII: CBA Playoffs And More Wilson Chandler Shenanigans”

Mike Harris Interview

Having interviewed Mike Harris last week, the Shanghai Daily’s feature writer, Alex Linder, very kindly send his exclusive talk with the Sharks’ talismanic forward over to Shark Fin Hoops. In it, the former Houston Rocket player touches on the Sharks regular season, the crunch series with Shanxi, the best player in the CBA and who is more deadly from the free-throw line, Coach Panaggio or Yao Ming. Continue reading “Mike Harris Interview”

Shanxi Dragons 99 – Shanghai Sharks 101: Liu, Landry, Harris Guide Sharks To Victory In Heart Stopping Finale

There are big games, there are huge games and then there are games where you are two-nil down in a playoff series and come back to win in the final seconds having been down by almost twenty points down at half time. Tonight was in the third category and the result means that the Sharks will be taking Shanxi back to Shanghai for Game 4 of this topsy-turvy series following an absolutely HUGE second half that saw the visitors find themselves with their backs to the wall only to respond with a performance of the highest order. Continue reading “Shanxi Dragons 99 – Shanghai Sharks 101: Liu, Landry, Harris Guide Sharks To Victory In Heart Stopping Finale”

Shanxi Dragons 99 – Shanghai Sharks 95: Gaines Leads Shanxi To Safety In Narrow Victory

Despite a furious fight back in the final stages of the game, the Shanghai Sharks fell to their hosts, 99-95, meaning that Shanxi are now a game away from the playoff semi-finals. The Dragons owe tonight’s win to Charles Gaines, who emerged from the shadow of Marcus Williams to illustrate how important he was to Shanxi’s championship aspirations. The no-nonsense forward was a willing battering ram for the home side, who had to hold on for dear life in the dying seconds of the game whilst Shanghai, for the second successive game, just didn’t have the rub of the green that could have otherwise gifted them victory. Continue reading “Shanxi Dragons 99 – Shanghai Sharks 95: Gaines Leads Shanxi To Safety In Narrow Victory”

Shanghai Sharks 85 – Shanxi Dragons 90: Misfiring Sharks Punished By Shanxi

A wretched third quarter and some dire shooting from the free-throw line condemned Shanghai to a painful 90-85 home defeat in game one of their playoff series with the Shanxi Dragons. The hard work now beckons for the Sharks, who must now go to the north of China and win at least one of the next two games in Taiyuan to remain in the playoffs. Continue reading “Shanghai Sharks 85 – Shanxi Dragons 90: Misfiring Sharks Punished By Shanxi”