Greg Oden Injury Woes Continue To Blight Jiangsu

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A quick burst of obvious news from this week; a bear defecated in the woods, the Pope attended Mass and Greg Oden is out with injury. Only one of those stories affects a basketball team in China but the ongoing situation surrounding the former number one draft pick remains potent and could turn ugly at any second. Continue reading “Greg Oden Injury Woes Continue To Blight Jiangsu”

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The Von Wafer Redemption Tour Begins in Changzhou

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The last time anyone heard from Von Wafer, he was almost sparking riots during a play-off game in Shandong province. Back then, the American was playing for the Shanxi Dragons and was seen as the central instigator in a series of scuffles between his team and the Qingdao Eagles, including one incident that lead to a Qingdao player being punched in the nuts.  Continue reading “The Von Wafer Redemption Tour Begins in Changzhou”

Delonte West Is Done In Shanghai

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Well that was quick.

So with seven games of the season played, the Shanghai Sharks announced that they have cut Delonte West due to various injury issues. The former Fujian player, who had averaged 26.2 points, 5.6 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 2.4 steals in 2013, had struggled since moving to the Yuanshen. In five appearances, he was going for a disappointing 10 points and 1.2 assists a game before the axe fell yesterday. The Sharks, who are at 1-6 for the season and very much a team in rebuild mode, probably won’t care too much given that it will mean more minutes for twenty-four year old Ge Yang to develop.

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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”