Keeping Up With The Zhou’s: CBA Teams Looking To Get Local Assets.

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On the flip side of the fourth quarter rule that now allows only one import on the court at any time, many things have changed in the CBA. Now there are ‘import no. 1’ and ‘import no. 2’ statuses, a seldom-before-seen hierarchy for foreigners and a distinctly fresh flavor to the Chinese free agency market. It seems teams have also gotten wise to the need to balance out their rosters. One only has to look at thrice-time champions Beijing– whose wisely built roster allows homegrown players like Li Gen and Sun Yue to thrive without not taking numbers away from Randolph Morris and Stephon Marbury– to realize how successful this special blend actually is. Continue reading “Keeping Up With The Zhou’s: CBA Teams Looking To Get Local Assets.”

The Von Wafer Redemption Tour Begins in Changzhou

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The last time anyone heard from Von Wafer, he was almost sparking riots during a play-off game in Shandong province. Back then, the American was playing for the Shanxi Dragons and was seen as the central instigator in a series of scuffles between his team and the Qingdao Eagles, including one incident that lead to a Qingdao player being punched in the nuts.  Continue reading “The Von Wafer Redemption Tour Begins in Changzhou”

Shark Fin Hoops CBA Preseason Power Rankings: 11 – 20

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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”

Jiangsu Dragons 94 – Shanghai Sharks 95: Arenas’ Snatches Victory For Sharks

Thanks to a clutch floater, Gilbert Arenas defied his critics and brought home a huge victory for the Sharks against local rivals, the Jiangsu Dragons. With four seconds on the clock, Arenas’ shot was good for the win and the Sharks can now move on to their next game with at least some pride restored after their blow-out loss to Guangsha on Friday. Continue reading “Jiangsu Dragons 94 – Shanghai Sharks 95: Arenas’ Snatches Victory For Sharks”

Shanghai Sharks 92 – Jiangsu Dragons 106: Business Is Business As Harris, Siler Dismantle Shanghai

The Jiangsu Dragons narrowly came out on top in a gritty clash that saw a variety of bizarre incidents including the Sharks mascot being pushed off the court by a match official as it attempted to distract Jiangsu’s Garret Siler from taking a free throw. Continue reading “Shanghai Sharks 92 – Jiangsu Dragons 106: Business Is Business As Harris, Siler Dismantle Shanghai”

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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Shanghai Sharks 103 – Jiangsu Dragons 83: Playoff Bound Sharks Dismantle Visitors In Swashbuckling Rout

The Shanghai Sharks recovered from a poor first quarter to run riot against a dire Jiangsu Dragons outfit. Mike Harris was dynamite once again and Coach Panaggio will be pleased at the production he got from the bench as the Sharks moved up to fifth in the CBA table. With two games left in the regular season, Shanghai have now earned themselves a playoff spot, although exactly which one it is remains to be seen. Continue reading “Shanghai Sharks 103 – Jiangsu Dragons 83: Playoff Bound Sharks Dismantle Visitors In Swashbuckling Rout”