Part three of the CBA preview is a go! Today, we’ll evaluate the Jiangsu Tongxi Monkey Kings, Liaoning Leopards, Shanxi Dragons, Shandong Bulls and Shanghai Sharks and see whether improvement is in their path or if there will be some disappointment once the season is over. Part One and Part Two can still be read here. Continue reading “Breaking Down the CBA 2015/16 Season: Part Three”
In an increasingly guard driven league, it is important to remember that an overseas power forward or center is absolutely critical to a CBA team. A good big man tends to solve many problems overnight and a middling franchise can often upgrade its front court with just one phone call to the right player.
Over in Yingkou, Liaoning Province, things are about to get very messy for the city’s beloved basketball team. FIBA, world basketball’s governing body, have finally had enough of the Chinese team’s intransigence regarding the non-payment of a former players’ wages. Not only have the Liaoning Jaguars refused to pay the player, former Texas A&M big man Chris Daniels, they also effectively gave the middle finger to FIBA by refusing to acknowledge its’ ruling that the Chinese team had to pay up. To say this is going to be a costly mistake is an understatement. FIBA is riled up and ready for war whilst the CBA itself can only look on aghast.
It could so easily had been a Sharks victory in regular time. If Gilbert Arenas had polished off the easy lay-up with the score at 100-99. If Arenas hadn’t then fouled Shavlik Randolph despite having no fouls to give and sent him to the free-throw line. If the Sharks hadn’t then allowed the homeside to claim an offense rebound and give themselves a one point lead. If Liu Ziqiu had nailed both of his subsequent trips to the charity strip. Shanghai had their chances, they just didn’t take them. Continue reading “Foshan Long Lions 118 – Shanghai Sharks 112 (OT): Hosts Come Out On Top After All-Action Thriller”
A tough season for Shanghai suddenly got a lot tougher after the Sharks were outplayed by a no-thrills Foshan Dralions team. Gilbert Arenas scored a season-high 24 points whilst DJ White also picked a 19 point, 14 rebound double-double. However, the home team also turned the ball over 20 times, including six by White as Foshan deservedly earned a win few expected them to actually get. Continue reading “Shanghai Sharks 86 – Foshan Dralions 95: Arenas’ Hot Hand Not Enough To Save Shanghai”
Having shattered their run of defeats on Friday against the Fujian Sturgeons, it’s now time for Shanghai Sharks to hopefully make it two wins on the trot by taking down the visiting Foshan Dralions. Continue reading “Scouting Report: Foshan Dralions (4-7)”
Its been a VERY long off-season in Shanghai since game five of the CBA playoffs against Shanxi but that obviously doesn’t mean that the Sharks’ former overseas players are sitting around twiddling their thumbs. Indeed, former Sharks forward, Mike Harris, has just finished his stint with Puerto Rican outfit Athletico San German and will now be leaving the island with some decent numbers on his CV.