From China to America: Which Imports Could Impact Playoff Races?

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Hoop dreams come in all shapes and sizes. And halfway around the world, some dreams are just beginning — the dream of making it back to the NBA. This weekend, the Chinese Basketball Association concludes its regular season as teams gear up for the playoffs. For many Americans playing in China, the dream is humble yet significant – to compete for an NBA roster spot. No matter how you look at it, getting back to the NBA is always a long shot.

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Americans Playing in China: Top 10 Performances

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Have you ever wondered what became of Delonte West? How about Randolph Morris? Hamed Haddadi? Marcus Williams? They are all part of the growing contingent of former NBA players in the Chinese Basketball Association. The CBA is definitely a league of its own and well worth following for its American star power. Defense is not a priority in the CBA, an offensive-minded league which emphasizes transition and the 3-pointer. It is a great place for undersized guards, tweener forwards and big men not

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Your 2014 Guide to the Chinese Basketball Association

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The Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) is an amazing league for North American fans to follow. It features old-school, up-tempo basketball with a lot of American players. You’ll undoubtedly see some familiar faces and more than a few career revivals. The CBA is well run and very fan friendly. This is as good a time as any to start following the CBA – teams are just over the midway mark of the regular season, with the 2014 All-Star Weekend coming this month.

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SH Blog: World Peace explains how he knew Howard would leave for Houston

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When Metta World Peace gives interviews, you don’t always expect comments with serious substance. This is not to say that the forward isn’t knowledgeable, but he’s usually more of an entertainer when questions are asked, and is generally very easygoing when it comes to addressing the media or fans. When he learned that the Los Angeles Lakers used the amnesty provision on him, he got through it by constantly joking about it on Twitter. World Peace can also be very blunt

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SH Blog: Kobe sprains ankle; Delonte West joins the D-League; Boeheim would take Porter #1

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Tomorrow is Selection Sunday, and while as usual my Maryland Terrapins are on the bubble (with a crucial game today against North Carolina), there are a number of teams already in the Big Dance. Check out our index of NCAA tournament teams if you need a March Madness primer. And if you really want to win big with your bracket this year, enter our $100,000 Challenge. In NBA news, we’ve got a column up from Frank Madden on the Heat’s 21-game

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SH Blog: Ibaka defends groin hit on Griffin, Josh Smith thinks Howard will stay with Lakers

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There are always two sides to every story. We saw Serge Ibaka chop down on Blake Griffin’s manhood on Sunday, and unless you have no sympathy towards any man that gets whacked in their jewels whatsoever, you would agree that Ibaka should probably have been thrown out of that game, and a suspension ought to be coming his way. Ask the Thunder forward, though, and he’ll tell you how innocent he was in the whole fiasco. John Rohde of The Oklahoman has

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