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 553px-Delonte_West_CelticsWilliams?

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 quite good enough to stick in the NBA.

If you want to see ludicrous individual performances on a nightly basis, look no further. Here are the top 10 reasons to follow the CBA this season.

SH Blog: Nick Young upset with ESPN’s rank of Lakers, Griffin ready to play role of closer

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PHI_Young_NickWhen ESPN ranked the Western Conference teams on Tuesday and put the Los Angeles Lakers as the 12th best squad, it drew plenty of interest and raised certain people’s eyebrows. Kobe Bryant was the first Lakers player to officially react to the article, but he didn’t do so with so many words.

Not so for reserve guard Nick Young, who signed on with the Lakers back in early July. He saw the article, tweeted his feelings of displeasure, then shared some more of his irritation with Arash Markazi of… ESPN Los Angeles:

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Where are They Now? From Jonny Flynn to Gilbert Arenas


From time to time, the world graces us with phenomenal basketball talents that simply do not make it in the NBA. Whether this is an issue of mentality, diminished talent or discipline, we’re often left wondering what could have been.

And more to the point:  Where are they now?

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SH Blog: Phil Jackson isn’t the only NBA news

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By now, you have to have heard: Everyone involved with the Lakers seems to want Phil Jackson and the Triangle offense back.

Here at Sheridan Hoops, we’ve got wall-to-wall coverage of this saga: the original piece on Brown’s firing, and the reaction from NBA players, plus one one podcast asking if this is more about Jackson or Jim Buss, and another podcast with some strong statements from Jackson’s friend, Roland Lazenby, that he fully expects the quest for ring No. 12 to begin soon.

In adition, here’s all the Jackson links you can handle, as well as the rest of the latest NBA news:

  • Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times has a very complete rundown on all of today’s Phil Jackson news. Nearly everything you need to know is in the link above, but here’s an excerpt: “The Lakers are unwavering that there’s still a 95% certainty he will be their next coach. It’s known that Jackson has already contacted assistant coaches who have worked with him previously about joining the Lakers’ staff. It doesn’t appear to be a problem for Lakers management. The desire of Lakers fans and players to have Jackson return has been matched by management’s desire to have him back on the bench. There’s been speculation since Jackson’s departure of a rift between Buss and him. It does not appear to be a deterrent in present discussions.”

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