Well this is interesting. Sharks owner Yao Ming has come out and confirmed that Shanghai will not be taking up the option of a third foreign player slot (valid only for the current season) that they would be entitled to as a result of finishing in the bottom five of last year’s CBA. This would seemingly be the first time a team has decided not to take advantage of the rule since the ‘Deadpool’ roster clause was invented. Continue reading “Yao Ming Refuses To Change His Mind; Sharks Will Not Sign Third Overseas Player”
As far as moral boasting wins go, there will certainly be more impressive ones but in a half empty arena that was quiet enough at times to hear the away team bench interact with their coach, Shanghai got it done against a bland Tianjin Lions team. Continue reading “Shanghai Sharks 92 – Tianjin Lions 72: White Tames Dire Lions In Timely Victory”
Having been dominated by Beijing and Stephon Marbury on Friday, now its time for the Tianjin Lions to come over to Shanghai and try their luck against a Sharks team that is now realising its season is basically over and that the remaining fifteen games are an exercise in fighting for pride. Continue reading “Scouting Report: Tianjin Lions (9-8)”
With the CBA season now underway, its time to once again acknowledge the good, the bad and the ugly moments of Chinese basketball with Niubball head honcho Jon Pastuzek. Topics for discussion this time include Qingdao’s widely anticipated poor form, Tianjin’s entirely unexpected winning record and some lengthy talk about the Shanghai Sharks. Continue reading “CBA Web Chat: McGrady’s One-Man Show, Super Shandong And The Tragic Case Of Congo Cash”
For the second year in a row, Osama Daghlas racked up a triple double on the way to inspiring a limited home side to victory over Shanghai. Last time it was the Jillin Tigers but now with the equally cumbersome Tianjin Lions team, the Jordanian point guard was just as inspirational and led from the front with a haul of 14 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.
Well I guess it was going to happen eventually but having seen the Sharks overcome Guangsha Lions in heroic fashion on Sunday, I was expecting Shanghai to make it to Friday with their winning streak intact before maybe losing it to Liaoning or Guangdong, but evidently Osama Daghles didn’t get the memo and took centre stage in a swaggering takedown of the Sharks. The Jordanian put up a triple-double on his way to leading the Tigers to a 95-82 win and Jilin were good value for their win. Continue reading “Jilin Tigers 95 – Shanghai Sharks 82: Red Hot Daghles Leads Tigers To Victory”
Having beaten the Guangsha Lions in Hangzhou, the Sharks will now travel to Changchun on Wednesday hoping for another home and away sweep with victory against the Jilin Tigers. Shanghai won 85-67 when the Tigers visited the Yuanshen back in early December and the Sharks will be looking for more of the same against a side that currently has an 8-13 record with seven of those wins coming at home.
Jilin’s star player is the former Washington Wizards forward, Cartier Martin, who is currently averaging 26.1 ppg. His partner in crime is the crafty Jordanian point guard, Osama Daghlas, whose 17.2 ppg and league leading 7.6 apg mark him out as someone who can make baskets as well as shoot them. The powerful centre Jameel Watkins (16.2ppg) is the last of the Tigers’ legitimate threats and beyond their overseas trio, there isn’t a lot to get excited about now that their promising young point guard Yu Shulong has been relegated to the bench.
With the wind well and truly in their sails, the Sharks have to dispatch the Tigers with the same ruthlessness they deployed against Guangsha. Tricky away visits to Benxi (to play Liaoning Innovators), Urumqi (Xinjiang Tigers) and Beijing are still to come so the Sharks need to handle their business against teams like Jilin, and keep the momentum going as the play offs loom closer and closer.