SHARK FIN HOOPS CBA PRESEASON POWER RANKINGS: 1 – 10

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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.

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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”

Shark Fin Hoops Comment: Short Term Thinking Will Be Costly To Shanghai

The Shanghai Sharks will keep interim coach Wang Qun at the helm for the foreseeable future. The Chinese coach replaced Daniel Panaggio in January of this year after the Sharks began their freefall down the standings in the wake of Gilbert Arenas’ injury. A few weeks ago, he was confirmed as the new full-time head coach of the team. Continue reading “Shark Fin Hoops Comment: Short Term Thinking Will Be Costly To Shanghai”

Shanghai Sharks 72 – Guangdong Tigers 97: Yi Jianlian Crushes Shanghai As Tigers’ Winning Streak Goes On

Five years after his last visit to the Yuanshen, Yi Jianlian made up for lost time by scoring 26 points and hauling in 12 boards as the Guangdong Tigers routed their hosts in ruthless fashion. The seven-footer was an offensive force for most of his time on the court and made a powerful statement to any teams watching him back in the NBA. Continue reading “Shanghai Sharks 72 – Guangdong Tigers 97: Yi Jianlian Crushes Shanghai As Tigers’ Winning Streak Goes On”

Shanghai Sharks 107 – Xinjiang Tigers 103: Arenas And Liu Wei Run Wild In Narrow Home Win

It was a long time in coming but the decision to sign Gilbert Arenas and pair him with Liu Wei was finally justified as the two dismantled a dangerous Xinjiang team- but only just. Arenas scored 37 points whilst Liu almost picked-up a triple-double as the backcourt that was supposed to be amongst the best in Chinese basketball belatedly announced its arrival to the party. Continue reading “Shanghai Sharks 107 – Xinjiang Tigers 103: Arenas And Liu Wei Run Wild In Narrow Home Win”

Qingdao Eagles 103 – Shanghai Sharks 91: Eagles Go Wild In Second Half Demolition Job

The Shanghai Sharks crumbled on the road in embarrassing circumstances against a one-dimensional Qingdao team that were already missing their best player- Tracy McGrady- through suspension. In a half empty stadium in Shandong province, the Sharks took a double-digit lead only to lose it after the interval following an outbreak of Hollywood shooting from two Qingdao wing players and a one-man assault from their American center. Continue reading “Qingdao Eagles 103 – Shanghai Sharks 91: Eagles Go Wild In Second Half Demolition Job”