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”

Breaking Down The 2015/16 CBA Season: Part Two

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In the second of a four-part CBA preview, we break down two teams that are making bold free agency decisions (the Jilin Tigers and Jiangsu Dragons), one all-time great team that needs to improve in the postseason (Guangdong Tigers), another play-off team that will probably keep punching above its weight (Guangsha Lions) and a Foshan Long Lions roster that simply needs to prove something to itself. Part one can be read here. Continue reading “Breaking Down The 2015/16 CBA Season: Part Two”

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”

Jiangsu Dragons 94 – Shanghai Sharks 95: Arenas’ Snatches Victory For Sharks

Thanks to a clutch floater, Gilbert Arenas defied his critics and brought home a huge victory for the Sharks against local rivals, the Jiangsu Dragons. With four seconds on the clock, Arenas’ shot was good for the win and the Sharks can now move on to their next game with at least some pride restored after their blow-out loss to Guangsha on Friday. Continue reading “Jiangsu Dragons 94 – Shanghai Sharks 95: Arenas’ Snatches Victory For Sharks”

Shanghai Sharks 103 – Jiangsu Dragons 83: Playoff Bound Sharks Dismantle Visitors In Swashbuckling Rout

The Shanghai Sharks recovered from a poor first quarter to run riot against a dire Jiangsu Dragons outfit. Mike Harris was dynamite once again and Coach Panaggio will be pleased at the production he got from the bench as the Sharks moved up to fifth in the CBA table. With two games left in the regular season, Shanghai have now earned themselves a playoff spot, although exactly which one it is remains to be seen. Continue reading “Shanghai Sharks 103 – Jiangsu Dragons 83: Playoff Bound Sharks Dismantle Visitors In Swashbuckling Rout”

Scouting Report: Jiangsu Dragons

The final visitors to the Yuanshen for the 2011/12 CBA season are the fallen giants from Nanjing, the Jiangsu Dragons (7-22), who have lost their way this year after almost a decade of regularly qualifying for the playoffs and will go into this fixture with a six game losing streak to their name and fighting to avoid finishing bottom of the table with three games left in the regular season.  Continue reading “Scouting Report: Jiangsu Dragons”

CBA All-Star Game: Week Five Update

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.

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