For the last three years, Hamed Haddadi has been quietly rampaging across a number of different Chinese frontcourts. However, it may not be a quiet occupation for too much longer. Now in Sichuan, Haddadi has spent the first three games of the new season putting up solid numbers. Right now he’s chalking up 17.7 points, 16.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.7 blocks a game. He’s also perhaps the best center in China. Continue reading “The New Third Foreigner; How Hamed Haddadi Could Be The Key For A Sichuan Title”
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.
Its not just the NBA that is in full swing. The Chinese Basketball Association is almost at its halfway point and with Round 16 in the books, there are plenty of big stories to break down. This time around it breaking down the biggest injury story in the league this season as well as Hamad Haddadi being one of the outside shots for regular season MVP.
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.
Zaid Abbas had played for five different CBA teams. All of them made the play-offs in the season the Jordanian was there. To say he has the magic touch would be an understatement and the all-action power forward has become a lucky charm to a team looking to bounce back from a bad season.
Well this is interesting. Sharks owner Yao Ming has come out and confirmed that Shanghai will not be taking up the option of a third foreign player slot (valid only for the current season) that they would be entitled to as a result of finishing in the bottom five of last year’s CBA. This would seemingly be the first time a team has decided not to take advantage of the rule since the ‘Deadpool’ roster clause was invented. Continue reading “Yao Ming Refuses To Change His Mind; Sharks Will Not Sign Third Overseas Player”
The inevitable call for the return of Zaid Abbas to Shanghai began months ago but suddenly things have moved with a lot more pace. Various Chinese blogs have been touching on a variety of reports concerning the Jordanian power forward and how it all relates to the Sharks. Continue reading “Rumours Fly As Chase For Zaid Abbas Grows”
Former Sharks hero Zaid Abbas flirted with a triple double on the way to scoring a game high 23 points as well as racking up 12 rebounds and 6 assists. The Jordanian was a force to be reckoned with whenever he was out on the floor and made the Sharks pay almost everytime he found space for himself in the paint. Continue reading “Shandong Lions 102 – Shanghai Sharks 80: Ruthless Lions Dispatch Visitors In Style”
In a new twist to what has already been a problematic storyline for the Shanghai Sharks, Gilbert Arenas is set to return to the United States for treatment on a groin injury. Sina are quoting a report coming out of Jilin which suggests Arenas will not back until January 6th. If that were to be the case, it would rule the former NBA All-Star out of the two-game home series with Beijing and Tianjin. Continue reading “Gilbert Arenas Returning To America For Treatment; Local Fans Unimpressed.”
With the CBA season now underway, its time to once again acknowledge the good, the bad and the ugly moments of Chinese basketball with Niubball head honcho Jon Pastuzek. Topics for discussion this time include Qingdao’s widely anticipated poor form, Tianjin’s entirely unexpected winning record and some lengthy talk about the Shanghai Sharks. Continue reading “CBA Web Chat: McGrady’s One-Man Show, Super Shandong And The Tragic Case Of Congo Cash”