Chris Tang And The Silent Winds Of Change In Chinese Basketball

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In his first game for UC Riverside (go Highlanders, etc) last week, Chris Tang, a Chinese point guard born in Nantong, would play five minutes, pick up a foul and an assists and that was pretty much it. For a player that was once being dubbed the mainland’s Jeremy Lin, this was not a great look. For Chinese basketball as a whole however, given a little of time, this might just work out.

Indeed, the very fact that another Chinese-born is now playing in high(ish) level college basketball in America can only be a good thing. The CBA- for all the chest puffing it has been exhibiting in recent weeks due to the ‘CBA20’ celebrations to commemorate the league’s twentieth anniversary- is still in desperate need of fresh ideas. Wang Zhelin is obviously seen as the next great Chinese NBA player but given the size of the country’s basketball playing population, the harsh reality is that the Fujian big man should not be China’s only viable candidate for the big time.

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SHARK FIN HOOPS CBA PRESEASON POWER RANKINGS: 1 – 10

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With the CBA set to start on Sunday, November 1st, CBA teams are gearing up for another season of wall-to-wall basketball. Having dealt with the bottom half of the league last week, now its time to look at the teams who will be expected to compete for play-off sports and ultimately vie for the title itself.

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Shark Fin Hoops CBA Preseason Power Rankings: 11 – 20

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With the Chinese Basketball Association starting on November 1st, basketball in the country is starting to slowly come back to life. By now teams have filled their rosters with free agents from both inside and outside of China and its now probably the best time to assess the quality of each of the twenty teams in the newly expanded league. This of course being China, fortunes can change very quickly for some organizations depending on the overseas players they brought in (or didn’t) and which local players managed to improve over the summer break. In the first of two segments, its time to look at the bottom half of the league based on the information that’s been available for much of the last couple of months. Continue reading “Shark Fin Hoops CBA Preseason Power Rankings: 11 – 20”

Shanghai 117 – Fujian Sturgeons 113: Wafer and Jackson Guide Sharks To Victory In High Scoring Road Win

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.

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Fujian Sturgeons 114 – Shanghai Sharks 108: Shanghai Slip Down To The Bottom Despite Arenas’ Heroics

Midway through the second quarter, the cameras from Sohu panned across the Sharks bench. Shanghai were already down by 21 points with barely ninety seconds of the second quarter played. Liu Wei and Tseng Wen-ting had their hands spread across their faces in complete despondence  A couple of minutes later, the same camera crew zoned in on Wang Qun, who seemed to be looking into dead space as if he couldn’t believe what was happening. Fujian, a team in complete chaos, who had recently fired their head coach, had lost four games in a row and happened to be one of  the few teams with a similar record to the Sharks were running riot. Continue reading “Fujian Sturgeons 114 – Shanghai Sharks 108: Shanghai Slip Down To The Bottom Despite Arenas’ Heroics”

Shanghai Sharks 91 – Fujian Sturgeons 85: Liu Wei’s One-Man Assault Guides Shanghai To Victory

Needing to come out on top in a must win game, Sharks captain Liu Wei answered the call and led his side to victory with a seemingly effortless 30/7/6 performance that helped Shanghai break a lengthy run of defeats and start a three game home-stretch in the best possible way. Continue reading “Shanghai Sharks 91 – Fujian Sturgeons 85: Liu Wei’s One-Man Assault Guides Shanghai To Victory”