China Update: Marbury, Bynum, Haddadi lead semifinalists

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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

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

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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

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China Update: Previewing the CBA Playoffs and Foreign MVP Race

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The traditional ‘quiet week’ in Chinese basketball is rarely what it’s designed to be. Instead, the brief break that splits the regular season and the playoffs are often the most frantic few days in the CBA schedule as teams race to get ready for the postseason. But this year however, things have been even more chaotic than usual. Not only did the playoffs create some unexpected matchups, the recently unveiled foreign MVP shortlist also raised a lot of eyebrows. With

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China Update: Beasley shines, Mudiay remains, Blatche does work

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From NBA bust to CBA folk hero, Shanghai Sharks import Michael Beasley is enjoying an incredible career renaissance in China. The second overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft, Beasley is currently averaging 29.4 points and 10.4 rebounds. If that wasn’t impressive enough, on Sunday at the CBA All-Star Game in Beijing, Beasley scored a record 59 points. There are few players with quite so hot a hand as the former Miami and Minnesota forward, and given that he will soon

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Emmanuel Mudiay Has Uncertain Future in China

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For the last three months, Emmanuel Mudiay hasn’t been able to cross the Guangdong Tigers’ locker room without first passing the cubicle of the team’s starting small forward, Zhu Fangyu. Zhu is the Chinese Basketball Association’s all-time leading scorer and a fixture on China’s national team for over a decade. He is also known as the authority figure within the Guangdong roster that sizes up new arrivals and decides if they are serious enough about playing for China’s most successful team. The

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Photo of the Day: Metta Panda World Bear Peace

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Everyone who is an NBA fan has been missing one thing throughout the summer and the start of the regular season: Metta World Peace. But wait, we can no longer call him that, right? Is he the Panda’s Friend? Or still Metta? No matter what he goes by, World Peace is always entertaining, and downright hilarious. This past season ended his tenure in the NBA with the New York Knicks. He took his talents overseas to China, playing in the Chinese

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SH Blog: Jimmy Butler Leads Bulls Over Wolves in Return With Rose, Gibson Out

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Jimmy Butler returned on Saturday after missing two weeks with a sprained left thumb. A bit of a surprise return at that, which was just what the Bulls needed after Derrick Rose was out after spraining his ankle in the second quarter of their Friday tilt against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Taj Gibson also missed the game with a sprained ankle suffered in the same game, leaving the Bulls a bit thin. Nearly every starter notched more than 30 minutes. Jimmy Butler,

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Tweet of the Night: Stephon Marbury says Knicks fans will want Phil Jackson to coach the team

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It’s no secret that former NBA star Stephon Marbury is not a fan of Mike D’Antoni after “playing” for him in his final season with the New York Knicks. To make a long story short, the point guard felt betrayed by D’Antoni after being told that he would have a clean slate with the team in the 2008-2009 season if he came to camp in shape – which he did – only to be publicly humiliated by being benched in favor

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