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”
Von Wafer, a former of teammate of Sharks owner Yao Ming in Houston, has been announced as a Shanghai player today after a week of protracted negotiations. Wafer will start at shooting guard and sets up the prospect of an all-action backcourt between himself and Liu Wei (should the latter be able to maintain fitness throughout the season) Continue reading “Von Wafer Signs In Shanghai”
The CBA offseason is still in full-effect in China but it doesn’t mean that basketball isn’t being played here. The national team is fighting it out in the Stankovic Cup right now but beyond the shores of the Middle Kingdom, club basketball is being played and given I have nothing else to report right now, it makes sense to check in on some of Shanghai’s old boys.
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”
Having fallen to the Lions in Hangzhou, the Sharks are back on the bus and headed to Jiangsu province where they can look forward to facing a tricky Dragons, who whilst not boasting a winning record, have a strong overall roster and several canny players. Continue reading “Scouting Report: Jiangsu Dragons”
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”
Another local rival is coming to town on Tuesday. This time its the Jiangsu Dragons, who are in the process of recovering from their worst season in history in 2011/12 when they finished bottom of the table with a 9-23 record. Continue reading “Scouting Report: Jiangsu Dragons (2-4)”