It’s that time of year again, folks. The CBA play-offs are in full swing and with Shanxi involved in the mix, this can only mean one thing; absolutely massive brawls. Now longtime readers of this blog will know that the Dragons are the closest thing China has to the Oakland Raiders. Indeed, the last time they were in the play-offs, their fans rioted at least once and during one road game at Shanghai, a Shanxi assistant coach in his fifties heckled the entire Sharks arena and beckoned for particularly irate fans to climb over the railings and do something about it. But this time around, Shanxi may have painted their masterpiece. You’ve got brawling with players, fans coming down from the stands and a second mob of pissed off supporters waiting outside. There really is something for everyone in this encounter.
Three years ago, Errick McCollum was playing in the second tier of Israeli basketball. Last night, he scored 82 points against the Guangdong Tigers to break the record for most points in a CBA game (75, set in 2012 by Quincy Douby). That was his fourth game of 50 points or more in thirty-seven games. With one game left in the season, McCollum is averaging 39.6ppg and barring some kind of mathematical improbability, the point guard will also shatter the record for most points in a CBA season of 35.2ppg set by the former Xavier center Anthony Myles in 2006.
The impression of Stephon Marbury in the West tends to be that he is universally popular in China. This is true to a certain extent in Beijing and the Ducks’ point guard has been well received for trying to live like a local in the capital city. Using the metro to get around the city or attending Beijing Guoan games might be seen by some as a PR exercise but they still represent a man who is trying to be part of his local community. Washington DC native Kevin Durant has no natural links to Oklahoma City but still goes out of his way to seem invested in OKC. Pretending to care is part of life as a top level pro athlete and the simple fact that Marbury is doing that in Beijing adds legitimacy to the Ducks and the CBA as a whole.
Having made it clear he loves Beijing, the city has quickly embraced the American as one of its’ own. Marbury obviously has been feted with that statue and that cheesy musical but he has also been asked to coach at the Rising Star game at a CBA All-Star weekend, which underlines his credibility within the league’s front office itself. But just because Beijing loves him, it doesn’t mean that the rest of China feels the same way. Continue reading “Stephon Marbury Isn’t Making New Friends In China- Not That He Cares Anyway”
The Sharks are not in a good place right now but frankly nether are the visiting Qingdao Eagles. Like Shanghai, the team from Shandong is 0-3 but unlike the Sharks, the visitors have fired their manager after just two games and rely on an offence that is entirely based around one aging former NBA icon, Mr. Tracy Lamar McGrady. Continue reading “Scouting Report: Qingdao Eagles (0-3)”
With Beijing’s Game 5 win to seal the title, the CBA is done for until October. To discuss an action packed season of Chinese basketball, its Niubball’s Jon Pastuzek and Edward Bothfeld swing by to pass judgement on the good, the bad and the ugly of what may well have been the most memorable few months in the league’s history. Continue reading “CBA Web Chat V: End Of Season Review”
Although both Shanghai and Guangsha are done for the season, Niubball’s Edward Bothfeld swings by once again to talk Chinese hoops. Easing into a long off season, now its a case of speculating on what could happen in the next few days between Shanxi and Beijing, what could have been in Hangzhou and what it takes to stride the touch line in the CBA. Continue reading “CBA Web Chat IV: The Continuing Misadventures of Wilson Chandler And Foreign Coaches In The CBA”
After a brief break to take in the madness of the CBA postseason, Edward Bothfeld is back to survey the wreckage of Fujian and Guangsha’s seasons now that they have been knocked out of the playoffs, as well as giving his thoughts on Wilson Chandler’s acrimonious departure from Hangzhou. Continue reading “Web Chat VIII: CBA Playoffs And More Wilson Chandler Shenanigans”
Having interviewed Mike Harris last week, the Shanghai Daily’s feature writer, Alex Linder, very kindly send his exclusive talk with the Sharks’ talismanic forward over to Shark Fin Hoops. In it, the former Houston Rocket player touches on the Sharks regular season, the crunch series with Shanxi, the best player in the CBA and who is more deadly from the free-throw line, Coach Panaggio or Yao Ming. Continue reading “Mike Harris Interview”
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.
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”