Another round of games, another week of story lines. This time around its the struggles of a CBA legend, one of China’s oldest teams in turmoil, another mishandling a young star and China’s next great big man™ is emerging on the horizon in Xinjiang.
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.
Consider it official. After a lot of speculation, the Chinese Basketball Association will once again change its rules about the participation of foreign players in the league as it looks to shift the league away from American hero ball and towards a style of play that will involve local players more often.
Previously, teams were allowed to play both their foreigners for a combined six quarters, meaning each split a quarter in the first half and then play for the whole of the second. Under new proposals that will be applied with immediate effect, only one foreigner will be allowed to play for the fourth quarter. Both foreigners will be able to play but they will have to sub out for one-another. Continue reading “Foreigners And The Fourth Quarter; Making Sense Of The New CBA Rule Change”
A full quota of Americans and some generous calls from the referees helped the visiting Beijing Ducks gradually overhaul a plucky Sharks team who played without fear, but ultimately lacked the firepower to stay afloat. Continue reading “Shanghai Sharks 88 – Beijing Ducks 101: Marbury Torments Shanghai As Sharks Losing Streak Continues.”
It’s now time for an always feisty showdown between China’s two biggest cities. The trouble is, the Beijing Ducks happen to be the defending CBA champions and are easily among the best teams in the league. Not good timing for an ailing home side methinks.
The Beijing Ducks got their CBA winners rings infront of their sold-out home crowd and then promptly went to work on their visiting rivals from the south. Randolph Morris was a continual problem for the Sharks throughout the game and the centre helped himself to 23 points that came mostly from close range surges into the paint. Continue reading “Shanghai Sharks 78 – Beijing Ducks 94: Arenas Suffers First Quarter Injury As Sharks Get Dismantled”
The first game in the 2012/13 Chinese Basketball Association season is a big one and a suitably feisty derby encounter should hopefully set the tempo for both teams’ campaigns from now until the play-offs start in March. Continue reading “Scouting Report: Beijing Ducks”