Starting your day right with China’s favorite street breakfast and a bunch of links…
- Shanghai’s post-season chances might have just gone from slim to none after the Sharks’ loss on the scoreline and their roster last night in Fujian. During Shanghai’s win on Friday against Qingdao came with the news that star import John Lucas will probably be out up to two weeks with a pulled thigh muscle. Without Lucas on Sunday, Shanghai went down to a 124-108 overtime defeat against Fujian SBS. With only four games left, Lucas could be out for the rest of the season, and Shanghai could be essentially dunzo for the year. And in case you’re thinking I made a typo about that score, Fujian dropped 22 points(!) in the extra period.
- Swin Cash left China last week — temporarily — to play in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game.
- More All-Star China stuff: Li Ning set up a Chinese-American media pickup run in Santa Monica on Sunday before the big game. That was bad news for the guy who had to write, and thus play, in the game after going hard in LA the night before.
- Even more post All-Star China stuff: The Wall Street Journal on the PEAK endorsing JaVale McGee’s second place finish in the Dunk Contest.
- Stephon Marbury’s birthday in China. His three wishes: 希望一直能保持健康延续篮球寿命，希望世界能永远和平不要再有战火和饥荒，希望扩大我在中国的影响力 — a long, healthy career on the court, a peaceful world that’s forever without war and starvation, and a bigger profile in China.