Xinjiang’s Free Agency Rampage

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Among the things that most confuse long-established American players in the Chinese Basketball Association is the reluctance of local players to take advantage of their free agency. In the CBA, contracts have expiration dates like you would see in the NBA but its still extremely rare to see a high profile player move teams. Lesser known Chinese players will of course switch teams but that is more because their current employer has no interest on offering them a new deal.  Continue reading “Xinjiang’s Free Agency Rampage”

Xinjiang Tigers 95 – Shanghai Sharks 99: White Tames Tigers In Tense Road Win

For tonight at least, Lady Luck favours the Shanghai Sharks. The visiting team hung on to beat their traditionally formidable hosts after another strong showing from DJ White, who led his team to their second victory in a row in sensational style. Continue reading “Xinjiang Tigers 95 – Shanghai Sharks 99: White Tames Tigers In Tense Road Win”

CBA Postseason: Bumper Prediction Special (Edited Second Version)

With the CBA playoffs about to start on Wednesday, the Shanghai Daily’s Alex Linder (who went 10-10 the last time he was speculating on the Sharks’ fortunes) and Niubball’s Edward Bothfeld throw down their predictions for what should be an exciting and pretty unpredictable  set of quarter-final ties.

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Web Chat V: Play-Offs, CBA All-Stars And The Magic Of Marbury

With regular web-chatter, Ned Bothfeld out of the country, Niubball head honcho and all-round Chinese basketball sage, Jon Pastuszek steps in from the cold Chinese winter for a monster discussion on Starbury’s triple-double, who is and isn’t going to be playing in the CBA post season and discussing some memorable matches so far this season. Continue reading “Web Chat V: Play-Offs, CBA All-Stars And The Magic Of Marbury”