Zhu Fangyu, the all-time leading scorer in the Chinese Basketball Association and a cornerstone of his country’s national team is probably wishing he could stay in America indefinitely right now. The small forward, part of the Guangdong Tigers team that has won eight CBA titles in eleven years, is currently training stateside whilst back in China, a lurid scandal involving himself, his now ex-wife and a third woman continues to gain momentum.
Five years after his last visit to the Yuanshen, Yi Jianlian made up for lost time by scoring 26 points and hauling in 12 boards as the Guangdong Tigers routed their hosts in ruthless fashion. The seven-footer was an offensive force for most of his time on the court and made a powerful statement to any teams watching him back in the NBA. Continue reading “Shanghai Sharks 72 – Guangdong Tigers 97: Yi Jianlian Crushes Shanghai As Tigers’ Winning Streak Goes On”
With the CBA All-Star weekend now confirmed for February 21st and 22nd, four Sharks have been named on the ballot for the big game in Guangzhou. Continue reading “CBA All-Star Weekend: Four Sharks Make Voting List”
Having already played the first of their two games in Guangdong for this road trip, the Sharks are within sight of a three game home stretch starting on Friday. However, before they can get back to Shanghai, the Sharks will first have to deal with the difficult task of a road game against the Guangdong Tigers. Continue reading “Scouting Report: Guangdong Tigers (7-2)”
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.
With regular web-chatter, Ned Bothfeld out of the country, Niubball head honcho and all-round Chinese basketball sage, Jon Pastuszek steps in from the cold Chinese winter for a monster discussion on Starbury’s triple-double, who is and isn’t going to be playing in the CBA post season and discussing some memorable matches so far this season. Continue reading “Web Chat V: Play-Offs, CBA All-Stars And The Magic Of Marbury”
With a reasonable amount of time still left in the balloting, why not vote for Shanghai’s Zhang Zhaoxu, Liu Wei or Mike Harris to feature in the ‘South’ team for the upcoming CBA All-Star game. The trio are among the forty players that can be selected from the Southern clubs in the CBA for the league’s showcase event that will be held in Guangzhou on the weekend of February 18th/19th. Continue reading “CBA All-Star Voting: Vote Now For Harris, Zhang and Liu”