It was his only significant pass of the game but the fourth-quarter dish gave Hu Xuefeng 2,242 career assists and ownership of the league’s all-time record. The Jiangsu Dragons, who were missing Chris Singleton with what has since turned out to be an ACL tear, lost that game, 117-94 to Shandong but the significance of Hu’s achievement still can’t be overlooked.
It was absolutely a special moment but even the circumstances behind Hu’s claiming of the record reflects how unorthodox the Jiangsu player has been over the years. The point guard, who has played for Dragons since 1999, is now also the team’s head coach and supposed to be running things from the bench. Instead, with the team badly weakened by injuries, Hu has played for most of the season and was able to come into Wednesday’s game within touching distance of the assist record he formerly owned but had since lost to Sichuan’s Lv Xiaoming.
Continue reading “The Silent Battle To Be The Best: Hu Xuefeng, Lv Xiaoming And The CBA Assist Record”
For the third consecutive season, the Sharks’ season has been thrown into chaos following the injury to a star American guard. Two years ago, it was Ryan Forehan-Kelly then Gilbert Arenas’ infamous problems with his groin in 2012 and now Von Wafer will also be forced to end his season early following an injury if reports from Sina Sports are to be believed. Continue reading “Von Wafer Released Following Injury”
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.
Continue reading “Where Are They Now: Catching Up With Former Sharks From Around The Globe”
Though the CBA has finished for another season, it doesn’t mean that all of its players are sitting at home with their feet up. Shanghai had three foreign players this season and all of whom have left China one way or another and now seems the right time to check in on the American trio. Continue reading “Where Are They Now: Checking In With Shanghai’s Overseas Players”
Having finished his stint covering for Gilbert Arenas in Shanghai, Ryan Forehan Kelly has been signed by Venezuelan outfit Cocodrilos de Caracas in the country’s Liga Profesional de Baloncesto (LPB) according to Latin Basket. Continue reading “Ryan Forehan-Kelly Moves On To Venezuela”
Despite a number of players turning in solid performances, the Shanghai Sharks once again finished as the losing side, albeit after a memorising game that quickly became a procession of big shots from all ends of the basketball court. Continue reading “Dongguan Leopards 103 – Shanghai Sharks 98: Haislip’s Magic Proves The Difference In Offensive Slugfest”
Sharks’ point guard Gilbert Arenas hopes to be playing within the next five days and has cited the two-game road trip to Guangdong province as his time frame for his return. Continue reading “Gilbert Arenas Hopes To Return Within Next Two Games”
Shanghai came close but couldn’t get out of their game against the Zhejiang Bulls with a win. Quincy Douby’s team were able to mix pretty basketball with some underhand tricks and will be relieved to have picked up the road win, thanks in no small part to an improbably moment from a very unlikely source. Continue reading “Shanghai Sharks 97 – Zhejiang Bulls 94: Turnovers And Bad Luck Costs Sharks Dearly”
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)”