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
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
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
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,
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
Twitter blew up Monday. TMZ broke a story early Monday morning unveiling surveillance footage obtained from the Standard Hotel’s elevator after the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala a week earlier. The video shows hip hop mogul and former Brooklyn Nets minority owner Jay-Z, his wife Beyonce, her sister Solange Knowles and another man—presumably a body guard, entering the elevator, wherein Solange appears to have words with the rap icon before abruptly throwing punches and kicks at him.
The Jordan Brand Classic introduced us to the game’s future stars. And from the looks of it, the future is bright. Top recruits from Duke, Kansas and Kentucky dazzled in the All-American Game and showed why each program has drawn considerable buzz heading into next season. Seton Hall – which had five recruits named to the Jordan Brand Classic – dominated the Regional Game. Canada shined in the International Game once again thanks to Jahvon Blair’s MVP performance with the help of his
Half a world away from all the Phil Jackson madness, Stephon Marbury is competing for a championship … again. Game 1 of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) Finals is Wednesday night. The two best teams in the league — the Beijing Ducks and the Xinjiang Flying Tigers — will play a best-of-seven series for the CBA championship. Beijing comes into the series having just upset the top dog of the league, the Guangdong Southern Tigers. Xinjiang, on the other hand, is the undisputed