As far as moral boasting wins go, there will certainly be more impressive ones but in a half empty arena that was quiet enough at times to hear the away team bench interact with their coach, Shanghai got it done against a bland Tianjin Lions team. Continue reading “Shanghai Sharks 92 – Tianjin Lions 72: White Tames Dire Lions In Timely Victory”
Having been dominated by Beijing and Stephon Marbury on Friday, now its time for the Tianjin Lions to come over to Shanghai and try their luck against a Sharks team that is now realising its season is basically over and that the remaining fifteen games are an exercise in fighting for pride. Continue reading “Scouting Report: Tianjin Lions (9-8)”
With the CBA season now underway, its time to once again acknowledge the good, the bad and the ugly moments of Chinese basketball with Niubball head honcho Jon Pastuzek. Topics for discussion this time include Qingdao’s widely anticipated poor form, Tianjin’s entirely unexpected winning record and some lengthy talk about the Shanghai Sharks. Continue reading “CBA Web Chat: McGrady’s One-Man Show, Super Shandong And The Tragic Case Of Congo Cash”
For the second year in a row, Osama Daghlas racked up a triple double on the way to inspiring a limited home side to victory over Shanghai. Last time it was the Jillin Tigers but now with the equally cumbersome Tianjin Lions team, the Jordanian point guard was just as inspirational and led from the front with a haul of 14 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.
Following the loss to Beijing, its time for a visit to Tianjin where Shanghai will take on a Lions team that has been reliably awful for as long as it has existed. A week ago, this would have seemed like an easy win for Shanghai. However without Gilbert Arenas- whose groin injury will almost certainly mean he’ll miss the game according to local media reports- suddenly the Sharks look like they might have a real fight on their hands. Continue reading “Scouting Report: Tianjin Lions (0-1)”
The Beijing Ducks got their CBA winners rings infront of their sold-out home crowd and then promptly went to work on their visiting rivals from the south. Randolph Morris was a continual problem for the Sharks throughout the game and the centre helped himself to 23 points that came mostly from close range surges into the paint. Continue reading “Shanghai Sharks 78 – Beijing Ducks 94: Arenas Suffers First Quarter Injury As Sharks Get Dismantled”
The full line-ups for this weekends CBA All-Star game has been announced and the starting line-up has also had to be re-adjusted following withdrawals by Xinjiang’s Mengke Bateer and Zhejiang’s JR Smith. Liaoning Jaguars’ beefcake center, Han Dejun comes in to replace the Xinjiang player whilst Guangdong’s Aaron Brooks will play for the South instead of Smith, who has made it clear that he will be headed back to the NBA immediately now the regular season has ended (and is probably on a plane bound for America as I type this). Continue reading “CBA All-Star Game: Full Line Up Announced- Liu, Zhang Make Reserves”
If there was ever a game that summed up the madness and drama of Chinese basketball, tonight was it. Shanghai got the victory- thanks to the uber-clutch Marcus Landry- but it was painfully close. However, what’s important now is that the boys from the Yuanshen are coming home with an 18-14 record before they return to north China to play the Shanxi Dragons in the first round of the playoffs.
The final game of Shanghai’s regular season takes the Sharks to northern China to take on the Tianjin Lions (10-21). The home side, traditionally an afterthought in the world of Chinese basketball, have shown no signs of improving from previous seasons of mediocrity and are currently third from bottom in the CBA table Continue reading “Scouting Report: Tianjin Lions”
Fresh from penning a cracking article about Wilson Chandler for Niubball, Edward Bothfeld swings by to talk playoff runs, how to stay true to the CBA but still get paid in the NBA, Guangsha’s malaise, All-Star selections and the best and worst jerseys in the league. Continue reading “CBA Web Chat VII: Guangsha’s Woes, Looming NBA Paydays And The Best Basketball Jerseys In China”