CBA Snapshot: Sui Ran Trash Talking Stephon Marbury

Building on today’s article about the faltering Beijing Ducks, this is the go-to image to demonstrate the changing times in the CBA. Here, having been benched for a technical foul, Shandong’s young swingman Su Ran continues to shout across the court at Stephon Marbury (in English) to ‘go back to Beijing’.

Shandong beat the CBA champions 109-88 in front of a raucous home crowd.

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Sitting Ducks; Marbury Fumes As Beijing Continues To Struggle

2015-2016Èü¼¾CBAÁªÈüµÚ14ÂÖ£ºÉ½¶«¸ßËÙvs±±¾©Ê׸ÖThe picture shown above was the lead image of Sina Sport’s CBA coverage for most of Sunday and early Monday morning. In it, Stephon Marbury is glaring angrily at his Beijing teammate and former LA Laker, Sun Yue. Meanwhile, with both men trapped in their own private imbroglio, Shandong’s Ding Yanyuhan hangs from the rim amid the sound of a home arena rising to its feet. Few images speak this loud; few moments better incapsulate how much trouble the reigning CBA champions are in.

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CBA Webchat: T-Mac, A Retooled Guangdong Offence and Jianbings

Having gone quiet for too long, the Chinese basketball season is about a month away from starting and in anticipation of this, cash has been flashed and some well-known NBA players will be plying their trade in China this season. Talking it over along with me this time around is Niubball head honcho Jon Pastuzek and a newcomer to the world of Middle Kingdom hoops, Karan Madhok.

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Shandong Lions 98 – Shanghai Sharks 95

Another road game, another hard defeat, another ‘what-might-been?’ result, another missed opportunity for some much-needed positivity . Shanghai Sharks fell to  their second successive defeat in a game which had flashes of hope before being ultimately quashed in the cruelest of fashions.

Mike Harris was dynamite, dialing up thirty-nine points and eighteen rebounds in a huge performance whilst around him, four other teammates also scored double digits. Make no mistake, Shanghai can do some damage but for all their fire power, need to realise that there is no glory in coming out swinging if you still get carried off on a stretcher at the end of the fight. Continue reading “Shandong Lions 98 – Shanghai Sharks 95”

Scouting Notes: Shandong Lions

After the last gasp defeat on Sunday night, Shanghai Sharks will face off again Rastafarian favourite, Shandong Kingston Golden Lions in Jinan.

The Lions, who saw through the hype of Gerald Green to put Foshan Dralions to the sword in their previous game, will be looking to improve on last season where they ultimately finished 14-18. Shandong’s overseas imports are both under-the-radar journeymen, Alan Anderson and the gloriously named Othello Hunter, but had enough about them to led their team to a decisive victory on the road. Hunter was particularly impressive, making twenty-one rebounds against the Lions.

From a Chinese perspective, Sun Jie and Sui Ran also played their part in the win at Foshan and Shandong’s stats from Sunday underline a team that have multiple outlets to keep the scoreboard ticking along.

The sides shared won a game each in their two meetings from the 2010-2011 season, with the two teams scoring over a hundred points each on both occasions. The Sharks will go into this game looking to exorcise the ghosts from Sunday’s loss but having relied so heavily on its more experienced players to get them back in that game, will need its younger players like Peng Fei to step up against a potentially versatile outfit.

Shanghai will go into this as a slight underdog but can’t afford to be too negative. There will be much more difficult roadtrips than Qingdao, Shandong and the forthcoming Foshan game and Coach Panaggio will be lighting fires under his players after an error-strewn loss to ensure that his players cut out the mistakes and step up with a moral boosting win. Its up for grabs but it all comes down to how the locker room has collected itself….