In an already crazy season for Shanghai, things have suddenly got even more unusual with the resignation, at least temporally, of head coach Wang Qun.
The Sharks announced the decision on their website last night and further details have been added on the Sina Sport website tonight. The reason behind this departure is due to an illness within his family. According to Sina, he first offered his notice to owner Yao Ming after the blow out loss to Xinjiang a week ago because Wang felt he could not maintain his responsibilities to his family as well as be a CBA head coach. The illness within the Wang family has apparently been known for some time but the situation has seemingly become worse in recent weeks.
Wang Yong, a former Sharks player and current assistant will now take the reins whilst Liu Wei has been promoted to player coach.
A blistering thirty-five point second quarter sent the Sharks on their way to an opening day win against Fujian. The home side saw Wang Zhelin put up 35 +12 but other than himself and Delonte West’s excellent shift (30 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals), the Sturgeons lacked the firepower to keep up with the Sharks.
Continue reading “Shanghai 117 – Fujian Sturgeons 113: Wafer and Jackson Guide Sharks To Victory In High Scoring Road Win”
The Shanghai Sharks will keep interim coach Wang Qun at the helm for the foreseeable future. The Chinese coach replaced Daniel Panaggio in January of this year after the Sharks began their freefall down the standings in the wake of Gilbert Arenas’ injury. A few weeks ago, he was confirmed as the new full-time head coach of the team. Continue reading “Shark Fin Hoops Comment: Short Term Thinking Will Be Costly To Shanghai”
Interesting times are afoot in the Shanghai Sharks front office as it stares at the possibility of its starting center Zhang Zhaoxu leaving the team now his contract has expired and the two parties haven’t reached agreement on a new deal. Continue reading “Three Team Bidding War Breaking Out Over Zhang Zhaoxu? (Edited)”
Few teams have suffered such a violently reversal of fortunes in the last twelves months than the Shanghai Sharks. This time last year, the team had made the postseason despite being widely regarded as a bottom five team. Moreover, the Sharks did this on the back of the best defense in the CBA (have been ranked the worst in 2010/11) and a canny utilization of the triangle offense that helped bring many of Shanghai’s unheralded Chinese players into games. Continue reading “A Painful Five Months In Shanghai: Reviewing The Sharks 2012/13 CBA Season”
The Chinese Basketball Association schedule is done and dusted for another season as far as the Shanghai Sharks are concerned. Nine months of quiet now beckon but not before grades are dished out on a disappointing but eventful 10-22 campaign. Continue reading “A[renas] to Z[hang Zhaoxu]: Shanghai Sharks 2012/13 Player Grades”
Liu Wei turned thirty-three in style by achieving the closest thing basketball has to a Geordie Howe hat-trick as he scored a season-high 37 points, dished out 5 assists and then squared up to Bao Zhaobao, a man almost ten years his junior and nine inches taller. Oh, and Shanghai beat their bogey team by a big margin. Continue reading “Shanghai Sharks 113 – Shanxi Dragons 102: Liu Wei Slays The Dragons In Treble Digit Romp”
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”