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.
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”
So there was no change from my earlier post on Sunday concerning the CBA All-Star balloting. The final results were announced yesterday and the names I mentioned then remain as the starters, meaning that none of the nominated Sharks players (Liu Wei, Zhang Zhaoxu and Mike Harris) got through. Stephon Marbury and JR Smith have made their respective divisional teams while the popular Wang Zhizhi, who retires this season after the 2012 Olympics, tops the voting and will go to his seventh CBA All-Star game (he previously made it in 1999, 2000, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011) . Overall, 1,072,858 votes were cast according to the official CBA website.
With the CBA All- Star voting to end tonight and the results due to be announced tomorrow ( February 6th), the balloting has changed things once again with regard to who is in the starting line-up for the CBA’s big regular season event. The grand old men of Chinese basketball, Mengke Bateer and Wang Zhizhi have kept their places although Marbury and JR Smith have returned to the fore after last week’s voting. As it stands, there isn’t a Shanghai player to make the starting line-up, things could change in the next few hours but here are things as they stand. Continue reading “CBA All-Star Game: Last Day To Vote!”
A lot has changed in the All Star voting since the Week Three balloting numbers were reveled. Having been unable to find last week’s numbers anywhere, the current figures from Week Five released by the CBA’s official website make for interesting reading as they revel a surge of voting for the local players. Interestingly, there hasn’t been an increase of votes for either Zhang Zhaoxu or Sharks’/Chinese national team captain, Liu Wei, although I’m pleased to see Mengke Bateer, who is up there with Tseng Wen-ting as my favourite CBA player, has kept his place.
Another home game, another visit from a team with play-off ambitions, although there is still some doubt as to who exactly is turning up at the Yuanshen on Sunday. Niubball have Liaoning down as the Innovators whilst Asia-Basketball refer to them as the Hunters, although via the patented Taiwanese-American-girlfriend-Mandarin translator, I’m sticking with the gents at Niubball until the side from Yingkou see sense and just refer to themselves as a variety of big cat like 99% of CBA teams.
Having lost on Friday against Foshan Dralions, Liaoning are visiting Shanghai with a 3-3 record after overseas league journeyman, Marcus Douthit dropped 37 points against the Innovators.
Looking to redeem themselves after a season that finished with the away side languishing in mid table obscurity, Liaoning splashed the cash on American free agents Josh Powell and Rodney Carney in a bid to improve things, although in the early stages of the 2011-2012 season, the side doesn’t look anymore decisive. Powell has had a shaky start, dialing up big numbers in a couple of games but then failing to trouble the scoreboard in the following fixtures.
Carney has fared better, and although not making headlines with his shooting, has scored no lower than 17 points a game since he arrived in China. Guards QinPeng Zhang and Yang Ming can also do some damage and Coach Panaggio will be aware that his guests have the potential to cause chaos if everything came together at the same time.
Looking at the form book, this is extremely close. Shanghai have suddenly burst into life and seem a different side at home whilst Liaoning have shown that they can score truckloads of points if their guys are on the same page but haven’t had any consistency throughout the first six rounds of the season. Moreover, the Sharks defense has been solid of late and Mike Harris has been value for money at both ends of the court. Urggh, I have nothing to sway me apart from bias at this point. Liaoning should win on roster strength but Shanghai have the momentum. Take your pick, people; it really is that close.