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What the heck happened to NiuBBall: An update

August 9, 2014

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Among other things that happened while NiuBBall went AWOL… The China Olympic National Team lost to Italy… The latter of whom fielded only three players in overtime due to some “patriotic” home officiating that fouled out the majority of their roster.

The Lochness Monster. Area-51. Amelia Earhart. Darko Milicic. NiuBBall.

Trust us, we didn’t plan to get on the list of the world’s greatest unsolved mysteries; it just sort of happened. Yet after a little less than a year of crickets (the Chinese ones in the little cages, to be exact), the search parties have come up largely empty in their attempt to get to the bottom of NiuBBall’s silent keyboards.

Until now.

Actually, the reason is really simple: I now have a legitimate, singular full-time job at Li-Ning, working on international basketball projects in the company’s sports marketing department. I’ve been working at there since July 2013, just a little before when NiuBBall went off the map. Attentive China hoops watchers are now starting to connect the dots. You see, Li-Ning sponsors the Chinese Basketball Association, as well as a few NBA guys. Before, covering “Basketball with Chinese Characteristics” was an interesting and entertaining topic to share with everyone. Now it has become a topic in which I am paid to represent. So posts like this one… Yeah, not so much anymore.

And trust me, as bummed out as all eleven of my readers are after learning of this news, nobody is more bummed out than yours truly. It was an amazing experience to provide the current, informed and accurate information English language coverage of Chinese hoops that the Internet lacked before. Maybe one day, I’ll have the chance to provide it again. Some people who had already figured out NiuBBall’s big move have suggested that the site should remain active in providing links and basic information about the world of Chinese hoops. While the idea isn’t terrible in its own right, NiuBBall’s philosophy is all-in, or all-out.

And unfortunately, we’re all-out for now.

That’s not to say you’re completely out of luck if you’re still lusting for China hoops. Because one of the positive thing that there is a real community of China English-language basketball blogs and websites out there now.

NiuBBall contributor Andrew Crawford is still doing his thing over at Shark Fin Hoops. Mark Dreyer at China Sports Insider does a great job of covering not only basketball, but the entire China sports scene. Nick Bedard over at Basketball Buddha does a great job not only covering the CBA, but all of Asia. Asia-Basket is still cool for stats and scores and news. Karan Madhok covers India Basketball at Hoopistani, which is now more relevant than ever after beating China in the FIBA Asia Cup, exploding the brains of all the people who watched the game live, and setting China basketball to a new low. (Which by the way was pretty hard to do after the same China Olympic Team lost a few weeks earlier to a three-man Italy team in a warm-up game. The state of China basketball, everyone!)

So, before I get fired and/or find myself locked in the basement of some building on Guangqumen Inner Street behind the CBA office, I’ll stop here. The site will still remain online. I will still answer my emails, I’ll still be on the streets hitting up jianbing… and I will still be at a pretty good pick-up game somewhere in Beijing. Peace, ya’ll.

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Earthquake: Beijing Olympians owner, Milton Lee, dies unexpectedly; Sun Yue signs with Beijing Ducks

October 2, 2013

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Winston Lee, owner of the Beijing Olympians, the team who developed Sun Yue, died suddenly of a heart attack on September 18th.

From the onset of the Beijing Olympians establishment, the team and its eccentric owner, Winston Lee, always set out to do things differently.

Now, after Lee’s sudden passing and the departure of star player Sun Yue, the Olympians might not be able to do anything at all.

On September 26th, Chinese media reported that Lee, the longtime owner of the Olympians, had died of a sudden heart attack in Beijing. It was later discovered that Lee had actually passed on the 18th, but the news had been withheld from the public for a week. Lee was 55 years-old.

Lee’s unfortunate and sad death coincides with another ground-shaking piece of news out of the Olympians camp: National Team guard/forward, Sun Yue, is signing with the Beijing Ducks. According to Chinese media, the deal is worth CNY 4 million per year over two years. In addition, three other Olympian players, Zhang Songtao, Li Wei and Huang Haibei, will join the Ducks for the upcoming season as well.

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Two words sum up the newest trailer for Chinese basketball movie, “Amazing:” Holy. Shnikes.

June 27, 2013

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Make sure you’re sitting down comfortably and that there are no breakables around your computer. OK? Now click and watch.

WOW!!!!

Where to begin? After bringing my pulse rate down, the premise appears simple enough: Take some of of the things Chinese males like (video games, basketball, NBA stars, CBA stars, virtual reality, alternate universes, women, other cool stuff), put them all onto the big screen and you have “Amazing,” a sci-fi/action/fantasy/basketball movie due out in China in late 2013.

According to the LA Times, the 3-D movie is being backed by the NBA, features several Chinese and American current and former basketball superstars, and cost around U.S. $10 million to make. The plot goes something like this:

“Amazing” centers on a video game company boss, Frank (Eric Mabius of TV’s ”Ugly Betty”), who is eager to rush his firm’s new thought-controlled basketball game to market, despite the objections of the project leader Bingshan (popular Chinese actor Huang Xiaoming), who warns that a bug in the system could escape the computer and infect players’ brains.

Along the way, Anthony shows up to coach an after-school program in China and speaks Shanghainese. Pippen materializes at the bedside of his No. 1 Chinese fan, and wakes him from a coma by massaging his legs. Howard appears in a light blue spandex superhero get-up with a cape and tries to use chopsticks.

So other cool stuff includes male leg massages and what is bound to be some terrible Shanhainese. Though ‘Melo gets major props for trying. Hey, I’m with it either way. Other cool stuff also apparently includes weird sexual connotations from D-12:

“Think about the basketball as being a girl,” Howard tells Bingshan in one memorable line of dialogue during a one-on-one pickup game. “You’ve got to hold her, caress her, kiss her, and when you do that, she’ll make you happy.”

There’s also a “love triangle” involved, too. No word whether an actual basketball is one of the three sides involved in that triangle.

The LA Times is also reporting that the movie’s release will coincide with China’s National Day holidays in early October, which conveniently enough will also be around the same time the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors come to Beijing and Shanghai for the 2013 China Games.

We have no idea what to expect with this; we just know we will be seeing this. This trailer is so epic, it’d be a travesty not to. Even if we remained totally bummed out they didn’t call Mengke Bateer, who has a better acting resume than any of the pro players involved in this… combined.

(H/T @Trey Kirby and The Basketball Jones)

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Lost and Found: Shanghai Sharks recover misplaced championship trophy

June 11, 2013

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Shanghai does not do logical, particularly its basketball team, the Sharks.  So it will be no surprise then to learn that the Sharks, the hometown team of one of China’s most iconic athletes, Yao Ming, recently lost their 2002 CBA championship trophy and its accompanying net, which was cut down after the decisive game four of the series against the Bayi Rockets.

The discovery was only made a couple of weeks ago as the Sharks’ front office started to move parts of its administration team to a new location. After not finding the trophy anywhere in their office, the team quickly established theft as the most likely cause. Yao, who lead the team to the team’s first and only championship that year, was said to be upset about the disappearance.

However, the panic soon turned out to be a false alarm. The trophy and the net were eventually found and soon afterwards, Larry Zhang, the Sharks’ amiable chief press officer posted a photo of the rediscovered trophy and the net on his Weibo account. Turns out, however, that the trophy and net wasn’t stolen — instead, it was sitting in some random room elsewhere in the city for the last four years.

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Stephon Marbury to act as Beijing assistant coach for National Games

March 18, 2013

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Stephon Marbury’s Beijing Ducks may have been sent home packing earlier than expected, but Marbury will be sticking around in Beijing to start another China career: coaching.

In an interview on BTV, the 36 year-old guard announced that he will serve as an assistant coach for Beijing as they prepare to participate in the 2013 China National Games. He will work under his CBA head coach Min Lulei, who serves the same position for the Beijing Ducks.

The National Games, which happen once every four years, are completely separate from the Chinese Basketball Association season. As a sort of intra-China Olympics, the National Games pit the country’s different provinces against each other in various athletic events, including basketball.

The two-week competition will start in late August in host-province Liaoning. However, there will be a qualifying tournament in late April for basketball. Guangdong won the basketball tournament in 2009, which was held in various cities in Shandong.

Marbury’s addition to the coaching staff comes on the heels of other big news this week. The Beijing team got a boost when it was announced that Sun Yue, who plays for Beijing Aoshen — a team that is not part of the Chinese Basketball Association — will be representing Beijing at the Games, in addition to several other Aoshen players. A longtime key contributor for the National Team, Sun will be one of the best players in the tournament.

The National Games, though technically centered around athletic competition  are the epitome of not only basketball, but sports with Chinese characteristics. With the eyes of provincial governments focused directly on their teams, the Games’ main purpose serves government officials, who can be gain status and be promoted to bigger and better positions if their teams achieve good results. Though the Olympics trump all in terms of importance, the National Games is a major event and one that places great pressure on athletes to perform for the glory of their province.

In general, athletes represent the provinces in where they were registered as a professional athlete. For example, although Wang Shipeng hails from Liaoning, he was registered in Guangdong as part of the Southern Tigers and will thus represent them this summer. However, as provincial officials are always looking towards the next National Games, under the table agreements can be made between different provinces are not uncommon. Mengke Bateer, who is from Inner Mongolia and got his start in the CBA with Beijing, will be playing for neither team this summer; instead, he’ll be suiting up for Liaoning. Though not reported, it is speculated that his player registration forms were transferred over to Liaoning as part of the deal that sent Zhang Qingpeng over to Xinjiang three years ago. These deals are not illegal, but they part culture that make Chinese sports unlike anything in the United States or other Western countries.

The Beijing team will be comprised of a combination of Beijing Aoshen and Beijing Ducks players. Final rosters have not yet been announced and likely will not be made public until sometime in April.

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Want to watch Xinjiang – Liaoning Game 5 tonight? Too bad.

March 8, 2013

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Yes, it’s true, Xirelijiang. You’ve been dumped by CCTV for Chinese soccer.

Game 5′s don’t come often during the CBA playoffs. In fact, before last year, they didn’t come at all. Since the league has switched to a best-of-five format for the first and semi-final rounds in 2005, there had been exactly zero series that went the distance. That changed last season, when Xinjiang – DongGuan gave us on in the first round, while Shanxi and Beijing gave us another in the semis.

So when Liaoning beat Xinjiang on Wednesday to force a third Game 5 in the last two years, fans were admittedly fired up. Especially when the three preceding first-round series all ended in sweeps by the higher seeded teams.

But that excitement has turned into… what??? Because when you turn on CCTV-5 tonight, instead of the game, you’ll see the opening round of the Chinese Super League, according to HuPu.com.No, that’s not a misprint. Not basketball. Soccer.

The fine folks at CCTV do have somewhat of a soul, though. They’ll be re-broadcasting the game at 10:30pm once the two teams are done playing. If you couldn’t tell, we’re being sarcastic.

If this news indeed holds to be true, the conspiracy theorists will be out in full force over this one (we’ll give you a hint: it rhymes with disagree). And if those conspiracies have some truth to them… well I guess it’d be business as usual. But this is an absolute abomination. Heck, if the programming directors at CCTV aren’t  too busy stamping out any potential interest for Chinese professional basketball, why not  drown some kittens, too? Repeat: An abomination.

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Bayi misses post-season for second straight year… now what?

February 16, 2013

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What was viewed by many as a pretty much inevitable fate, the Bayi Rockets have been officially eliminated from post-season contention. Despite winning at home last night against Liaoning, the Rockets come up empty in tiebreakers against Zhejiang, Guangsha and Shanxi, which means no matter what result they come up with against Beijing tomorrow, they’re ineligible to make the playoffs.

If you follow the blog or the league in general, you know that the powers-that-be at the Chinese Basketball Association passed two special rules designed to give Bayi, who do not have any foreign players on the team due to their affiliation with the People’s Liberation Army and are thus at a disadvantage talent wise, a chance at finishing in the top eight: First, opposing teams can only play their imports a maximum of five quarters instead of the regular six, including teams with a third Asian import. Second, only one import can take the court during the fourth quarter.

Although people across Chinese basketball never liked the rules, the quiet hope was that Bayi would sneak into the playoffs, get blasted in the first round and in turn save some face for the league and the extremely influential army team. But now that they’re going home early for the second season in a row, the perhaps not-so-quiet hope becomes that the league doesn’t make more sweeping rule changes next year, changes that would go even further to ensure post-season participation.

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After fan attack on referee, Zhejiang women banned from playing in home city for one year

January 31, 2013

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At NiuBBall, we don’t often comment on the problems with the officiating inside of Chinese basketball. Actually on second thought, yeah we do.

However, this may be the first time where we have commented on fans seeking to physically assault an officiating crew after a game.

This article should focus on the big showdown between star foreign imports Maya Moore and Elizabeth Cambage as their respective Shanxi Flame and Zhejiang Golden Bull teams took on one another in Game 1 of the Women’s Chinese Basketball Association Finals Tuesday night.

However, the real action came after the final buzzer.

In what turned out to be two great individual performances by the US and Australian stars (Moore scored 53 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, while Cambage scored 38) and an eventual 96-92 victory by Shanxi that put them one game up in the series, once again it was the officiating that was put in the spotlight in the newspapers and sports channels around the country.

Believing that the referees were showing favoritism towards Moore and her Flame teammates throughout the game (apparently Zhejiang was assessed with one too many foul calls), a group of fans thought it would be a good idea to storm the court after the game to let them know their feelings on the matter. But instead of simply voicing their displeasure, these fans let their fists do the talking as the three officials narrowly escaped to the dressing room. The situation was so intense that the angry mob had to be held back by security on hand at the arena.

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Beijing’s Min Lulei instructs players to attack the basket because, “We’ve got a good whistle”

January 22, 2013

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In the Chinese Basketball Association, referees are an ongoing issue. And that’s putting it nicely. Accusations and rumors of point shaving, bribes and various related corruption have all been thrown around, by fans, media and most recently, Tracy McGrady, who was ultimately fined and suspended for publicly criticizing referees.

The most recent case: Sunday’s abomination of a basketball game between Qingdao (again) and Tianjin, which ended in double overtime after 119 total fouls foul shots and six players fouled out. If you’re a CBA vet, you should know how it turned out: Qingdao, playing at home, won on a terrible end-of-game foul off the ball that sent Chris Daniels to the stripe for the two game-clinching free throws. If anyone is interested in either reliving the nightmare or experiencing it for the first time, Anthony Tao over at Beijing Cream has provided the world with video and words that vividly detail the game and the officiating.

The entire game was pathetic no doubt, but as the lessons learned long ago in CBA Officiating 101 continue to remind me: This is how it goes down here. Teams typically get a good whistle when at home, and a bad one when on the road. The degree can vary from a few calls here and there, to some key calls in crunch time all the way to the Wow, I didn’t know it was even possible to get screwed like that-type of officiating. (Of course, that rule is thrown out the window when you play Bayi, in which case you’re getting an extra bad whistle with a bad scorer’s table and an incompetent towel boy on top.)

And though that fact is known, recognized and acknowledged throughout the league in private, publicly nobody offers up even a peep for fear of punishment from the league… Unless a television camera sneaks into your huddle during a timeout and records everything your head coach is saying, which is what happened last Sunday night during Beijing’s nationally televised game against Xinjiang.

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New sponsorships bring new complications to CBA

December 6, 2012

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Beijing’s Lee Hsueh-lin has been one of 12 players to be fined by the league for not wearing Li-Ning shoes during games. The fine comes as a result of the CBA’s new sponsorship deal with the Chinese shoe brand.

It’s been an exciting start to the season, to say the least. Amidst all the ongoing stories, however, the most important to the league long-term are the new deals that the CBA has signed this past summer. After inking a five-year contract with Infront Sports and Media, now the official marketing partner of the CBA, the league scored 23 new sponsorships, headlined by Li-Ning’s massive CNY 4 billion (US $721 million) commitment.

With these contracts comes an unprecedented windfall for the league’s 17 teams. Having previously received a comparatively measly CNY 2 million from the association, each of the league’s 17 teams will now have around CNY 10 million to spend on salaries, stadium improvements (heating comes to mind), and anything team higher-ups decide on. You don’t need us to tell you this is a boon for the league: money means better imports, more experienced coaches, nicer facilities, and by extension, elevated quality of play and a more refined basketball product for all.

Of course, all this good news does not come without its complications. More sponsors means more advertisements, from CCTV-5 broadcasts to on-court exposure. Whether it be the new Li-Ning apparel, advertising boards, or even the Tsingtao Beer cheerleading squads, you can be sure that these sponsors will make their presence known. Taking on these sponsors also means less autonomy for individual clubs, as teams are now left with only two sections near the courtside audience seats of ad space for sale. Apart from ticketing revenue and individual sponsorships like those on some team’s uniforms, all of the CBA is now dependent on the league to cover their operating costs, a questionable practice at best. Another problem is that of rising costs: even with this injection, with some of their revenue producing avenues cut off, teams may still find it hard to produce a profit.

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McGrady thinks CBA Rules Test is “nonsense”

December 3, 2012

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Ah, the CBA Rules Test. Designed to test players and coaches’ knowledge and understanding of the league’s rules, the Chinese Basketball Association implements a written examination during the pre-season. Consisting of true/false and yes/no answers, players and coaches must pass the test in order to be officially registered on their team’s roster for the regular season.

Even to the longtime CBA vet, the test can come across as a bit of a waste of time. But if you’re new to the league? Or if you’re new to the league and you’ve spent the majority of your professional career playing at an elite level in the NBA, like Tracy McGrady?

Then you come out in the media and you call it out for being a huge waste of time, which is what he did last Tuesday.

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One game into the season, Boss Wang has struck again

November 27, 2012

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Only one game into the season, Boss Wang looks ready to swap coaches.

It didn’t take long, but Shanxi Brave Dragons owner, Wang Xingjiang, or “Boss Wang,” has stolen the many headlines from around the league (Arenas’ injury, McGrady’s turnover and Xinjiang’s big win being the top three). And like always, it involves matters of his team’s head coach. Who at the moment is Jesus Mateo.

Key word: At the moment.

The situation as we understand it is as follows: Mateo, who had coached previously in Spain with Malaga, became the head man in Taiyuan after last year’s coach, Yang Xuezeng, elected not to re-sign with the team in favor of signing with Zhejiang Chouzhou. Mateo arrived in late August and began to run practices, prepare for the new season and generally take over all the responsibilities that a head coach is expected to take over.

But as loyal NiuBBall readers know, the Brave Dragons are a special team, a fact that can be completely attributed to their eccentric owner, “Boss Wang” Wang Xingjiang. Known for his intense meddling, Wang — who is by all accounts completely crazy about basketball — puts his hands into every aspect of his team, from youth development, player psychology and film sessions to morning walkthroughs and even the odd in-game play diagramming. Needless to say, the team hasn’t enjoyed sustained success since he bought the team in 2003; not totally surprising when you consider the man has had no formal playing or coaching experience of any kind during his lifetime.

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Fans hurl objects on court after McGrady plays sparingly in pre-season game

November 22, 2012

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Upset that Tracy McGrady played a total of 98 seconds, fans in Shandong province hurled water bottles and lighters onto the court.

They say you haven’t officially experienced the Chinese Basketball Association until you’ve witnessed fans pelt the floor with lighters, cups and bottles…

Tracy McGrady (and D.J. Mbenga), welcome to professional basketball in China!

Today marked the final game of the Qingdao Eagles’ pre-season schedule. Played in Binzhou, Shandong province, the game was to serve as a final warm-up match for the team and their star, McGrady, to find their legs and be ready for their season opener on Sunday at Fujian. It was also an opportunity for fans to:

A: Attend a CBA game, something that Binzhou-ians would otherwise have no way of seeing.
B: Watch a seven-time All-Star and a China basketball icon, T-Mac, something that Binzhou-ians would otherwise have no chance in hell of ever seeing. Ever.

Things started out promising: Playing against an international all-star team, McGrady scored five points in the first two minutes and the Eagles stormed off to a 13-0 run to start the game. McGrady was then subbed out. And then he sat. For a really long time. Actually, he sat for the rest of the game; 46 minutes, to be exact.

Anticipation turned into disappointment, disappointment turned into anger… and then, upset that they wasted their money on a ticket to merely see Shang Ping play, fans inside the stadium did what Chinese fans usually do when they’re mad. They chucked stuff onto the court.

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New import rules aim to benefit Bayi

October 29, 2012

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Last season’s 10-22 record left a bad taste for everyone with the Bayi Rockets, including Wang Zhizhi. But with the changing landscape in Chinese basketball, Bayi’s current status as league cellar dweller going to remain permanent?

The Bayi Rockets have the longest history, the most championships, the most former National Team players, and as we’ve learned this month, the most support from the Chinese Basketball Association.

In what’s being called “The Bayi Rule” by some in the media, the CBA has enacted new special import regulations this season, the most important of which will aim to even the playing field for the all-Chinese Rockets: Against Bayi, teams are only allowed to play their foreign players — Asian imports included — five combined quarters. In the fourth quarter, only one import player can take the court.

In addition, teams who qualify for Asian imports (the teams who finished in the bottom four last season) have the option of bypassing a third Asian import all together and play their regular two imports seven quarters instead of the regular six. Currently, Tianjin, Shandong and Foshan all have third Asian imports, whereas Jiangsu is still making up their mind.

While the latter rule may be a prelude to wiping out the Asian import altogether next year, the Bayi Rule’s long-term implication is much less clear. The league’s reasoning, however, is pretty straightforward: Give Bayi a better chance at winning some games this season.

Last season, the Rockets stumbled their way to what would be a historically bad campaign. The eight-time CBA champs finished in 14th place at 10-22, by far their worst season ever. Besides setting records in futility, the team hit a new bottom mid-season when home fans in Ningbo chanted for legendary longtime head coach, Adijiang, to xia ke , or be fired.

And as frightening as last season was for the Five Stars, its nothing compared to the very real fact that it could get worse both in the near and far future. As in, a lot worse.

As representatives the People’s Liberation Army, Bayi is not allowed to sign foreign players. 10 years ago, when the league attracted lower-level foreigners and skipped back and forth between one and two foreigners per team, the Rockets could dominate the league behind a roster chock full of National Teamers who were filtered into the team from the old system of recruiting and selecting China’s best players specifically for the military. One of those guys: Wang Zhizhi, who would eventually leave for the NBA in the early 2000s before coming back to the team in the middle of the decade.

Times have changed, though. The old Soviet-styled system is fading, and Bayi no longer has a monopoly on China’s best talent. Whereas a decade ago they could have re-stocked their armory with future Team China players, they’re now likely looking at a post-Wang Zhizhi era (he’s 35 years-old, remember )with no dominant Chinese player stand in his place. Furthermore, teams in the CBA are now able to attract high-level foreigners, which has resulted in a large talent disparty between Bayi and the other 16 teams.

So for this year, limiting the amount of time foreigners can face the army team in theory should give them a chance to redeem some level of respectability. But, what if it doesn’t? What if, despite this new rule, Bayi still finishes at the bottom of the league? Is the league’s next step to impose even stricter restrictions on foreigner playing time? Or would they go so far as disallowing opposing teams from playing foreigners altogether?

That’s where things get murky — and possibly dangerous for the development of the league. Degrading the quality of the league and the progress its made over the last few years to give some face and some wins to Bayi, who at present remain adamant of doing it the all-Chinese-no-foreign-way, would result in a big step back for Chinese basketball. And it likely wouldn’t result in a new golden age for the Rockets, either, with DongGuan, Guangdong, Xinjiang and Beijing all possessing better if not equal Chinese rosters.

It’s a tricky situation for both the league and Bayi: Keep the league the way it is, and the team is likely never to sniff the playoffs again. Change the rules to make it easier on the army guys, and you’ve artificially watered down the league to create an artificial platform that Bayi isn’t good enough to stand upon on their own.

Or, as longtime China basketball scribe, Su Qun, suggests, just let Bayi have foreign players. Maybe it won’t be like the old days, but then again, the old days are long gone and it’ll help the team and its players get back to respectability.

But in China, jun dui bu neng you wai guo ren. In the Army, there can be no foreigners. That’s the way its been, and if history and the overall attitude towards foreigners holds true, that’s the way it’ll likely stay.

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Pictures from Tracy McGrady’s crowded arrival in Qingdao (UPDATE: With video!)

October 25, 2012

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Ever wonder what it’d be like if you hired a bunch of basketball players to act as your team of personal bodyguards? Well, wonder no more because that’s exactly what happened yesterday when Tracy McGrady landed in the place he’ll be calling home for the next season, Qingdao, Shandong province. Greeted and mobbed outside the terminal exit by what looks like hundreds of eager fans, McGrady and his soon-to-be Eagles teammates swam through the crowd and eventually left the premises safe, sound and unscathed. But not without a little China-style pushing and shoving. Which is totally acceptable in this country, by the way.

Here are the pictures. And just in case you weren’t sure: Yeah, T-Mac is huge in China.

 

 

 

 

UPDATE: And here’s video of the whole thing going down, courtesy of Anthony Tao at Beijing Cream.

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