Yi Jianlian And Guangdong Are Proving Everyone Wrong

2016-2017Èü¼¾CBAÁªÈüµÚ20ÂÖ£º¹ã¶«ºêÔ¶vsɽÎ÷·Ú¾Æ ÃÀæÚÖúÁ¦CBA

After a summer of obituaries to a fine basketball team, somehow the Guangdong Tigers will not die. After being blown out by almost thirty points against the Shanxi Dragons in Game 1 of the regular season, it felt safe to finally say the most dominant CBA team of the last decade was done. But instead, Guangdong are 17-3 and sitting in second place in the table. They are on course to make the postseason and force their way into the title discussion once again. On paper, it makes no sense. Continue reading “Yi Jianlian And Guangdong Are Proving Everyone Wrong”

The New Third Foreigner; How Hamed Haddadi Could Be The Key For A Sichuan Title

2015Äê11ÔÂ4ÈÕ£¬2015-2016Èü¼¾CBAÁªÈüµÚ2ÂÖ£ºËÄ´¨½ðÇ¿vsÕã½­³íÖÝÒøÐС£

For the last three years, Hamed Haddadi has been quietly rampaging across a number of different Chinese frontcourts. However, it may not be a quiet occupation for too much longer. Now in Sichuan, Haddadi has spent the first three games of the new season putting up solid numbers. Right now he’s chalking up 17.7 points, 16.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.7 blocks a game. He’s also perhaps the best center in China. Continue reading “The New Third Foreigner; How Hamed Haddadi Could Be The Key For A Sichuan Title”

Keeping Up With The Zhou’s: CBA Teams Looking To Get Local Assets.

c422x0838h_2011e8b387e69699e785a7e78987_n71_copy1

On the flip side of the fourth quarter rule that now allows only one import on the court at any time, many things have changed in the CBA. Now there are ‘import no. 1’ and ‘import no. 2’ statuses, a seldom-before-seen hierarchy for foreigners and a distinctly fresh flavor to the Chinese free agency market. It seems teams have also gotten wise to the need to balance out their rosters. One only has to look at thrice-time champions Beijing– whose wisely built roster allows homegrown players like Li Gen and Sun Yue to thrive without not taking numbers away from Randolph Morris and Stephon Marbury– to realize how successful this special blend actually is. Continue reading “Keeping Up With The Zhou’s: CBA Teams Looking To Get Local Assets.”

The CBA Week In Brief: Liaoning Is Unstoppable, Haddadi Is On Fire And Why its Dangerous To Count Out Mudiay

U4996P6T12D7423138F44DT20141124180918

Its not just the NBA that is in full swing. The Chinese Basketball Association is almost at its halfway point and with Round 16 in the books, there are plenty of big stories to break down. This time around it breaking down the biggest injury story in the league this season as well as Hamad Haddadi being one of the outside shots for regular season MVP. 

Continue reading “The CBA Week In Brief: Liaoning Is Unstoppable, Haddadi Is On Fire And Why its Dangerous To Count Out Mudiay”

Wang Xingquan, The Magnificent Bastard Of Chinese Basketball Rides Again

U4996P6T12D7291843F44DT20140814163711

Few owners in the CBA have given league administrators as many sleepless nights as Wang Xingquan. The personification of the Chinese ‘da laoban’ (‘big boss’), it seemed at times that Wang was actively looking for ways to piss people off. If the league could have put a hit out on him, they probably would have done.

Things though have been quiet for the last year. Having sold the ownership of his old team, the Shanxi Dragons, to a group of Chinese investors, Wang seemed destined to fade into obscurity and perhaps become a humorous aside from the old days of the CBA. However, those hopes appear to have been dashed if Sina Sport is to be believed; ‘The Chinese Cuban is Back!’, it thundered. To the presumed horror of league officials, Boss Wang has indeed resurfaced in his home province of Henan, busily establishing a team to compete in next year’s National Basketball League, essentially the second tier of Chinese basketball.

Continue reading “Wang Xingquan, The Magnificent Bastard Of Chinese Basketball Rides Again”