China Update: Marbury’s Beijing team trails in exciting CBA Finals

Lester Hudson China

For the first time in years, the hyperbole generated in the build-up to a CBA Finals is actually living up to the hype. Three games into the championship series, the Liaoning Leopards have a 2-1 lead over the defending champion Beijing Ducks. All three of the encounters have been compelling, but what has helped the CBA is that no one can confidently say what is going to happen next. Certain assumptions have turned out to be true. For example, Beijing’s Stephon


China Update: Marbury Defeats Mudiay in CBA semifinals


The CBA semifinals are in the books once again. One series was a rout while the other produced a number of shocks that fascinated audiences across China — and even in America. Hey, any news on Emmanuel Mudiay qualifies as big news. With that in mind, its time to break down the last week in the CBA. Beijing Ducks defeated Guangdong Tigers 3-1 It took one of the most pulsating games in the history of the Chinese postseason, but the Beijing Ducks are


China Update: Marbury, Bynum, Haddadi lead semifinalists


For the four remaining teams left in the CBA playoffs, the stakes simply could not be higher. After one of the tightest regular seasons in the history of Chinese basketball followed by a grueling quarterfinal round, the semifinals get underway on Wednesday. On one side of the bracket is a dream matchup between two historic foes while on the other, one heavily favored team will be challenged by an underdog with no prior history in the postseason. Some compelling basketball is


China Update: Von Wafer lost his cool, tossed a chair, in playoff game


Two weeks ago, Von Wafer was riding pretty high. His Shanxi Dragons team had just made it into their first postseason for three years and his name was about to be included in the shortlist for the CBA’s foreign player MVP. Now however, things are very different. On Saturday when America was tuning into the NBA All-Star Dunk Contest, Wafer was releasing a public apology in China following his behavior in the final minutes of a playoff game. Writing that he was


EXCLUSIVE: Andrew Wiggins “Most Likely” To Play for Canada in Olympics Qualifier


BROOKLYN — Andrew Wiggins will “most likely” play for Team Canada in this summer’s FIBA-Americas Olympic qualifying tournament, a huge piece of positive news for a Canadian federation that has been hoping and praying that the NBA’s most exciting rookie will play for his national team. Wiggins gave me the “most likely” quote as he warmed up for the Rising Stars challenge Friday night at the Barclay’s Center. When I pressed him and asked it he was 100 percent in, he hedged


China Update: Dominique Jones, Eli Holman, Jeremy Tyler now available, quarterfinal results


The CBA playoffs are now in full swing and everyone in China is glued to their TVs watching everything play out. A couple of teams are already going home, while others are hanging on to the postseason dreams by their fingertips. With that in mind, let’s check in on the best-of-five quarterfinals to see who is doing what and which notable American free agents are coming home. [Read more…]


Sheridan: Is Eli Holman the next Hassan Whiteside?

Everybody in the NBA wants top get their hands on the next Hassan Whiteside — a late bloomer who been a force in the middle for the Miami Heat. The guy who may fit that profile is Eli Holman, formerly of the University of Detroit and now playing in China where he finished one assist shy of a triple-double in Game 1 of his team’s first-round playoff series. There are some remarkable similarities between their stories. But whether Holman jumps to