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Zhejiang fills out import roster, signs Jerel McNeal

October 4, 2013

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Jerel McNeal, who two seasons in the D-League in between two 10-days in the NBA and various stints in Europe, will play with the Zhejiang Golden Bulls this season.

The Zhejiang Chouzhou Golden Bulls have completed their foreign import signings for the upcoming 2013/14 CBA season by signing former Utah Jazz guard Jerel McNeal.

The deal comes on the heels of the team signing power forward Ivan Johnson earlier in September.

McNeal is remembered for his time at Marquette University where he was named the Big East’s Defensive Player of the Year during the 2006/07 college basketball season. He was also to the Big East’s All-First Team and the Associated Press’ All-American second team in the 2008/09 season.

The Chicago, Illinois native went undrafted in the 2009 NBA Draft and spent that time trying out for various teams such as the Los Angeles Clippers, the Sacramento Kings and the Chicago Bulls. He would then bounce between teams in the NBA Developmental League and Europe, playing for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Bakersfield Jam, Dexia Mons-Hainaut in Belgium and Sutor Basket Montegranaro in Italy.

McNeal would finally get his shot in the NBA with the New Orleans Hornets in 2011, signing a 10-day contract. He then went on to sign with the Utah Jazz in March 2013.

He was waived by the Western Conference side on September 25, 2013.

The 26-year-old guard is a scorer as he averaged 20.6 points a game during his time with the Vipers in the NBA D-League, and should be a good replacement for former Golden Bull Quincy Douby. However, fans of the team should not count on seeing another 75-point game in the upcoming season, which is the all-time single game record Douby set last season.

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Ivan Johnson returns to China, signs with Zhejiang Chouzhou

September 22, 2013

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After spending the last two seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, Ivan Johnson is returning to the CBA with the Zhejiang Chouzhou Golden Bulls.

The Zhejiang Chouzhou Golden Bulls have signed power forward Ivan Johnson to one of their two foreign import spots for the upcoming 2013-14 Chinese Basketball Association season.

The 29-year-old makes his return to the Chinese league after a short stint with the Qingdao Doublestar Eagles in 2011. After playing six games for the Eagles, Johnson signed a contract with the National Basketball Association’s Atlanta Hawks. Afterwards, he spent two seasons with the Southeast Division side. The highlight of his time with the Hawks was being named as the NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for April, having averaged 10.7 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.45 steals.

The much-traveled Texas native has played in the NBA D-League, Puerto Rico and South Korea.

While Johnson is a highly-skilled player who will add much needed power to the Bulls front court this season, he is also prone to disciplinary problems that could hurt the team should they make a run in the playoffs.

Johnson received a lifetime ban and was fined close to $4,500 by the Korean Basketball League for raising his middle finger at a referee after his Jeonju KCC Egis team lost to Ulsan Mobis Phoebis in the final game of the championship series in April 2010. In April 2012, the Hawks was sent home and fined an unspecified amount of money for what the team called conduct detrimental to the team. A month later the NBA fined him $25,000 for giving the finger to a Boston Celtics fan after the Hawks’ elimination from the playoffs.

If Johnson can keep his attitude in check and provide the Bulls with good play on the offensive and defensive ends of the court, they could make a strong run in the playoffs.

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Brittney Griner signs in WCBA with Zhejiang Chouzhou

May 2, 2013

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Apparently not satisfied enough with their previous 6’8 dunking female center, the Zhejiang Chouzhou Golden Bulls have taken things up a notch, signing not only the world’s greatest women’s dunker, but possibly its most dominant as well.

In an official announcement posted to the team’s website today, the Golden Bulls have signed Brittney Griner for the 2013-14 season. She will replace Australian center Liz Cambage, who helped lead the team to a Women’s Chinese Basketball Association Finals appearance before they ultimately lost to Maya Moore and the Shanxi Xingrui Flame.

Griner, who finished out her stand-out four-year collegiate career at Baylor in March, was recently selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the WNBA Draft by the Phoenix Mercury.

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CBA playoffs set to start on February 27; Beijing to start title defense against Guangsha

February 18, 2013

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After 34 rounds, the Chinese Basketball Association has its eight playoff teams.

Defending champion, Beijing, who finished the season as the league’s third seed, will play sixth seeded Guangsha. Guangsha, who was locked in a late-season battle with DongGuan, Zhejiang and Shanxi for a post-season berth, jumped over everybody after beating Jiangsu at home last night 116-100.

At the top of the standings, Guangdong, who guaranteed themselves as the league’s top seed weeks ago, will play against Zhejiang. Despite losing on the road last night against Shanxi, who also finished the season with the same 16-16 record, Zhejiang clinched their spot after winning out on head-to-head point differential tiebreaker.

In other match-ups, second seed Shandong will play against DongGuan and fourth seed Xinjiang will play Liaoning.

The best-of-five first round, which implements 1-2-1-1 format with the lower seeded team hosting Game 1, will start on February 27. All games will start at 7:35pm.

The full first round schedule is as follows:

2/27 – Wednesday
Guangdong at Zhejiang
Shandong at DongGuan
Xinjiang at Liaoning
Beijing at Guangsha

3/1 – Friday
Zhejiang at Guangdong
DongGuan at Shandong
Liaoning at Xinjiang
Guangsha at Beijing

3/3 – Sunday
Zhejiang at Guangdong
DongGuan at Shandong
Liaoning at Xinjiang
Guangsha at Beijing

3/6 – Wednesday (if necessary)
Guangdong at Zhejiang
Shandong at DongGuan
Xinjiang at Liaoning
Beijing at Guangsha

3/8 – Friday (if necessary)
Zhejiang at Guangdong
DongGuan at Shandong
Liaoning at Xinjiang
Guangsha at Beijing

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Plenty on the line in CBA’s final weekend

February 15, 2013

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With both a playoff spot and the individual scoring title on the line, Zhejiang’s Quincy Douby has a lot on his plate this weekend.

It goes by quickly, doesn’t it? After a week-long Spring Festival break, the Chinese Basketball Association’s 34-round regular season will come to a close this Sunday. And while Guangdong, Shandong and Beijing have already locked up the top three spots, there’s still plenty of stuff going on below them. To help everyone out, let’s go over what everyone should be watching for over these last two games.

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Maya Moore wins WCBA championship with Shanxi Flame

February 8, 2013

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Maya Moore’s season in China ended exactly like the vast majority of her other seasons in her career, with a championship.

Moore’s Shanxi Flame defeated the Zhejiang Golden Bulls 97-87 on Tuesday night to clinch the club’s first ever WCBA title, winning the series 3-1. Moore scored 34 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and swiped seven steals to lead the team, while Zhang Wei and Zheng Xianmin each scored 19.

Shanxi, who was in the second division last year, won the championship in their inaugural season in top flight WCBA ball.

Moore finished the series averaging 41.5 points and 10.3 rebounds.

Like Stephon Marbury one year ago, who lead the Beijing Ducks to their first ever men’s title, Moore did not win Finals MVP because WCBA rules restrict non-Asian players from winning the award. Zheng, a Korean, ended up taking home the trophy. Former head of the CBA, Li Yuanwei, called the rule “outdated.” Because… well, it is outdated.

No word yet on whether Moore — or her opponent, the 6’8 Australian, Liz Cambage — will be back next season. But here’s some food for thought about all of that: Shanxi has reportedly received somewhere near  CNY 3 million in year-end bonus money from local Taiyuan city government and the provincial sports bureau for bringing home the championship. If the team wants to bring her back for a repeat bid, it seems as if money won’t be an obstacle.

So congrats to Moore and the Flame on a great season. And if you missed it, check out our interview with Moore from December.

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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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It’s Moore vs. Cambage in WCBA Finals

January 28, 2013

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Fans of the Tulsa Shock, Chinese professional women’s basketball, the Connecticut Huskies, Australia and the Minnesotta Lynx are dancing in the streets: Maya Moore and Elizabeth Cambage are meeting in the WCBA finals.

Well OK, maybe not UCONN or Lynx fans — it’s quite cold up in those parts around this time. But whatever, you get the point. Moore’s Shanxi Flame, who are in the inaugural WCBA season, punched their ticket by beating defending champ, Beijing, in a decisive Game 3 last Saturday while Cambage’s Zhejiang Golden Bulls easily swept through Shenbu 2-0.

(In a really sad side story, Beijing’s foreign player, Sophia Young, went down with an extremely scary and serious looking knee injury in Game 2, and Chinese media is calling it an ACL tear. Not good at all. We here at NiuBBall wish Young a speedy and healthy recovery.)

Zhejiang, who finished the regular season with the league’s best record, hosts Game 1 of the best-of-five series in Yiwu tomorrow.

Besides being a match-up between the league’s two best teams, its also a match-up between the league’s two best players. Cambage, the 6’8 Australian center who would probably do just fine in the CBA dunk contest in February, has averaged 35.3 points, 11.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in 26 total games, while Moore has gone for 36.7/11.8 to go along with an even four assists over 24 games.

Zhejiang won the only game in which Moore played; she went off for 53 while Cambage went for 49. Considering there’s nobody on either team capable of guarding either player, expect big tallies in the finals.

We’ve always felt its tough to focus on individual match-ups when the two players in question won’t ever come close to guarding each other. But that aside, it should be a great showcase for both the league and basketball as a whole.

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Quincy Douby scores 75 to set CBA all-time single game points record

January 3, 2013

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Zhejiang Chouzhou’s Quincy Douby scored 75 points to break the CBA’s all-time single game scoring record. (Photo: Osports)

The already considerable legend of Quincy Douby in China just grew even larger.

The Zhejiang Chouzhou star scored an incredible 75 points tonight in a 154-129 win over visiting Shanxi Zhongyu to become the Chinese Basketball Association’s record holder for most points in a single game.

The previous record was held by Andre Emmett, who scored 71 in March 2010 while playing for Shandong Kingston.

Douby’s latest brush with Chinese basketball history is only his latest, however. With the CBA all-time single game record in hand, Douby now owns scoring records for the regular season, the finals (53) and the All-Star Game (44).

Douby reached his record on 23-38 shooting, including 9-15 from three and 16-20 from the free-throw line. Entering the fourth quarter, the 6-3 guard had amassed 47 points before going off for 28 points in the game’s final frame, which is now the third highest mark in league all-time single quarter scoring.

Douby surpassed Emmett’s record after hitting a free-throw on the end of an and-one late in the quarter.

But what’s even more incredible is that he could have scored more. With both the game and the record in hand, he was subbed out with a little over three minutes in the contest after logging just under 36 minutes of on-court time.

And yet, there’s even more. Charles Gaines, who played as Shanxi’s lone import after his teammate, Marcus Williams, was suspended by the league for testing positive for marijuana, recorded his own ridiculous stat line of 60 points and 29 rebounds.

With the win, Zhejiang is now in 10th place at 8-8 while Shanxi slips to 11-5.

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The definitive NiuBBall.com CBA preview

November 22, 2012

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Stephon Marbury and the Beijing Ducks won the title last year… But will they have enough to repeat in 2012-13? (Photo: Osports)

Moreso than ever, the Chinese Basketball Association has become quite difficult to predict pre-season.

It’s hard to predict first of all because we generally stink at predictions, but more importantly that the league is as deep as its ever been top-to-bottom. There’s a more than a few reasons for that — more off-season player movement, more players going abroad to train in the summer, better coaching in-country, a commitment to strength and conditioning programs and better foreign players all round out the top of our list. But the end result of all that should be a very watchable and exciting league this season. Which is a good thing for us fans, of course.

Bad thing for NiuBBall’s annual predictions, however.

By our count, there’s 11 and possibly 12 teams (depending on how well you think Tracy McGrady is going to do in Qingdao) who have a shot at the playoffs. That’s well over half the league. If you think DongGuan is ready to make a jump (we do), then there are now four teams who could sport legitimate Finals cases. Building on Beijing’s buck-the-trend run to a championship last year, there appears to be a level of parody in the league. Pencilling in the top two, top four and top eight is no longer easy.

So as always, take what is about to come with a grain of salt and know that most likely this will all be very wrong.

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Urumqi reunion: James Singleton to return to Xinjiang (and other updates on CBA imports)

September 20, 2012

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After spending last season in Guangdong, James Singleton is thumbs-upping a return back to Xinjiang.

Some say time is the best healer. Apparently, “some” include the Xinjiang Guanghui Flying Tigers and James Singleton, who after splitting up on bad terms a year ago are now ready to get back together.

On Tuesday, Xinjiang general manager, He Changjiang, confirmed what most people around Chinese basketball had known since the beginning of September: That Singleton and Xinjiang have come to an agreement over a contract for this upcoming season. The deal is believed to be two years, though He publicly denied that there is a set arrangement for 2013-14.

Singleton spent his first season in China with Xinjiang in 2010-11 and along with Quincy Douby, brought the franchise to within two games of their first ever CBA title before losing to the Guangdong Hongyuan Southern Tigers in the Finals.

But instead of bringing the 2010-11 NiuBBall.com First-Teamer back for another crack last season, Xinjiang instead opted to let the bruising and versatile 6-7 forward walk out the door, choosing a locked out Kenyon Martin to act as his replacement.

The decision was made mostly in part to a deteriorated relationship between Singleton and Chinese head coach, Jiang Xingquan. Jiang, who is known in China as the strictest and most uncompromising coaches in professional basketball, and his American forward never really saw eye-to-eye on much, and the dynamic between the two ultimately came to a breaking point late in the year. After the season, Singleton went on to call Jiang “military” on a radio interview.

With Jiang back in the fold last season, first as a consultant then later as head coach, both sides felt it was time to move on. Singleton stayed in China, joining Guangdong Hongyuan, the team that beat Xinjiang the year before. Paired up with Aaron Brooks, Singleton went back to the Finals, only this time losing to Beijing Shougang in five games.

Now, Singleton will be back in Urumqi wearing Flying Tigers colors once again. So why the change in heart?

With the well known history between Jiang and Singleton, its likely safe to assume that the 72 year-old former China National Team head coach is not going to be involved with the team this year. If that is indeed the case, Xinjiang will have quite a new look in 2012-13 — both on the bench and in the front office. Longtime team president, Hou Wei, resigned earlier in the off-season shortly after Xinjiang announced the hiring of new head coach, Cui Wanjun.

As in 2010, when he first arrived in China, Singleton rejected the veteran’s minimum from the Washington Wizards this summer, opting instead to come back to China where the money is better and the playing time more plentiful. Singleton returned to Washington after the Chinese season was over in April, appearing in 12 games and averaging 8.2 points and 6.8 rebounds in 21.8 minutes per game.

Although it’ll be a fresh start for Singleton this year, the championship expectations will still be the same. Singleton will join up with Von Wafer, who signed with the Flying Tigers earlier in the summer after Douby left the team to sign with the Zhejiang Chouzhou Golden Bulls. With yet another expensive duo of foreigners and a good Chinese roster that will be further bolstered by the re-addition of longtime Liaoning shooting guard, Zhang Qingpeng, who spent 2010-11 with Xinjiang, winning the club’s first title will be the only thing on anybody’s mind in northwest China this year.

Last year with Guangdong, Singleton averaged 16.9 points and 11.8 rebounds.

And in other news on CBA imports…

Lester Hudson goes back to southern China, this time with DongGuan

The two-year CBA vet, who spent last year with the Qingdao Double Star Eagles and the year before that with Guangdong Hongyuan, was officially announced as the DongGuan New Century Leopards’ second import on Tuesday. Hudson will find his surroundings very familiar: Not only will he be playing in the same city from two years ago, he’ll also be playing with the same foreign teammate, Marcus Haislip, who combined with Hudson in 2010-11 to win a championship with Guangdong Hongyuan.

The signing of Hudson caps off a busy off-season for the Leopards, who in addition to bringing in two new imports, have also brought in Jilin point guard, Yu Shulong, and Taiwanese guard/forward, James Wang.

Shanghai signs Elijah Millsap; second import to join team in Australia?

Per Shanghai’s official website, the Sharks will be starting the season off with the 6-6 guard/forward on the wing. Millsap, who is the younger brother of Utah Jazz power forward, Paul Millsap, spent the last two seasons in the NBA D-League with the Tulsa 66ers and the Los Angeles D-Fenders. He attended the University of Alabama-Birmingham in 2009-10, playing there for one season after transferring from Louisiana-Lafayette in 2008.

As for their other foreign player, Titan Sports Weekly is reporting that the yet-to-be-named player will join Shanghai during their exhibition tour in Australia. Chinese media is reporting that at present, Mike Harris, who has spent the last two years with the club, is the odds-on-favorite to team up with Millsap.

Foshan brings back Michael Madanly as Asian import, inks Jerome Randle and Eric Dawson to round out foreign lineup

The Dralions, who once again spent last season in the CBA cellar floor, have opted to bring back Asian import, Michael Madanly. The Syrian swingman, who was forced to play point with injuries and a general lack of Chinese talent at the position, averaged 22 points. 6.6 rebounds and 6.5 assists in 37 minutes per game in his first season in China.

To attempt and tackle that exact problem, Foshan is bringing in former Cal-Berkeley standout and 2010 Pac-10 Player of the Year, Jerome Randle. The speedy 5-10 point guard played in Ukraine and the D-League last season after spending 2010-11 in Turkey with Allaga Petkim and Turk Telecom.

To round out their trio of foreigners, Foshan is also bringing in power forward Eric Dawson. A 6-9 power forward, Dawson spent either part or all of the last five seasons in the D-League with the Austin Toros, with trips to the Dominican Republic, Japan and Korea mixed in. Last season, Dawson was signed to consecutive 10-day contracts by the San Antonio Spurs, appearing in four games and averaging 3.8 points and 2.5 rebounds in 9.8 minutes. He also won D-League Impact Player of the Year, averaging 17.2 points and 10.8 rebounds on 56% shooting.

Zhejiang Chouzhou chooses Denzel Bowles to play alongside Quincy Douby

Bowles, who went undrafted out of James Madison University in 2011, spent last season in the Philippines with B-MEG. In 24 games, Bowles went for averages of 38.1 minutes, 26.3 points, 12.5 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game. In the deciding Game 7 of the PBA Finals, the 6-10 forward/center went off for 39 points and 21 boards, including 11 of his team’s 14 points in overtime, to lead B-MEG to a championship. In all, Bowles won Best Import Award and finished as the league’s top scorer and rebounder.

With Douby returning from a wrist injury that kept him out the entire season last year, and the addition of Gong Songlin, the Golden Bulls could very well indeed be a top four team if Bowles can carry his impressive PBA performance into the CBA.

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Monday Morning Jianbing

July 16, 2012

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Starting your day right with China’s favorite street breakfast and a bunch of links

  • J.R. Smith, fresh off a season in the CBA with Zhejiang Chouzhou that could be described nicely as “tumultuous,” says he’s open to the idea of returning at the end of his career. You know, if China allows him back into the country.
  • They’re locking up basketball rims in Ningbo! Quick, somebody get the Fun Police!
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Quincy Douby returns to China, signs with Zhejiang

June 13, 2012

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Quincy Douby will once again play in China, but he won’t be playing in the same uniform. (Photo: Osports)

Quincy Douby is returning to play basketball in a country that will be quite familiar. To the surprise of many, however, the team he’ll be playing for will be quite different.

Douby will be back in the Chinese Basketball Association next season after having officially signed with the Zhejiang Chouzhou Golden Bulls. The news was announced by Zhejiang’s official Weibo feed yesterday and was quickly followed up by several reports by major outlets in China.

Douby, who re-signed with the Xinjiang Guanghui Flying Tigers last season after enjoying one of the most dominant single seasons in CBA history in 2010-11, missed the entire 2011-12 season due to a broken wrist suffered in a pre-season game in October. He recently played in Spain with UCAM Murcia, where he helped the team stave off relegation from the ACB’s top division.

Though Douby’s late season stint in Spain cast some doubt over his chances at returning in China, his decision to play again in the CBA generally considered a foregone conclusion. Considered as one of the top foreign players in league history after nearly leading the Flying Tigers to their first ever championship two years ago, Chinese demand for the former Rutgers standout was high throughout the league.

The move to Zhejiang, however, is surprising given Xinjiang’s public confidence that he would return to the team for a third time. Team management was quoted several times over the course of the last three months as saying talks between the two sides were going well and that they expected another reunion for a shot at a title. Similar to Stephon Marbury’s iconic status in China’s capital, Beijing, Douby is viewed as a local hero in Xinjiang’s provincial capital, Urumqi, and is viewed as one of the biggest reasons why Xinjiang was nearly able to get their first title in 2011. Prior to yesterday’s announcement, there had been no mention of interest from Zhejiang and it was considered almost a lock in China that he’d sign again in Urumqi.

But while Xinjiang is reeling from the news, Zhejiang is celebrating. The move is a major coup for the Golden Bulls and their newly installed head coach, Yang Xuezeng, all of whom are committed to leading the team back to post-season after going through a disappointing campaign last year. Coming off of a playoff appearance in 2010-11, the Golden Bulls took advantage of a work stoppage in the NBA by signing J.R. Smith to a record multi-million dollar contract. Though Smith finished the year as the league’s scoring champ, his play and behavior was erratic and the Golden Bulls ended up missing the post-season.

If their goal was to replace Smith’s offensive production while subtracting all of the behavioral issues, Douby is the ideal choice. Already familiar with China and all of its unique characteristics, is as safe of a signing as he is electric. In his first and only season in the CBA in 2010-11, Douby averaged 31.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 3.5 steals on 53.7% shooting over 45 total regular and post-season games. In Game 1 of the 2011 CBA Finals against the Guangdong Hongyuan Southern Tigers, he set a Finals single-game scoring record, hitting for 53 points in a win. Weeks earlier, he also broke the CBA All-Star Game all-time single game scoring record, going for 45 points en route to winning the game’s most Most Valuable Player award.

Douby is just one of many new faces set to be in Yiwu this season. Yang, who resigned from Shanxi Zhongyu in early May, was hired on May 23rd after Zhejiang management elected not to bring back Ding Wei. In looking at Yang’s recent tendencies in the foreign player market, Zhejiang’s unanticipated swoop is less surprising: He relied upon two CBA foreign veterans last year, Marcus Williams and Charles Gaines, to achieve the team’s first ever post-season appearance. Judging by Douby, he is obviously taking the same strategy of going with more proven players over those who have higher profiles, but zero experience playing in China.

And as it stands, Yang will have a chance to replicate the success he had last year in Taiyuan this year in Yiwu. With a decent roster of Chinese, lead by Chinese National Team power forward, Ding Jinhui, the Golden Bulls will be in a solid position to make some noise in 2012-13.

Where Xinjiang goes next is unclear. One summer removed from spending nearly US $10 million in off-season signings to finally get over the championship hump, an unprecedented amount of money in the CBA, Xinjiang is still without its title and now are in a state of flux. The team fired Chinese National Team head coach, Bob Donewald Jr., a mere 11 games into a four-year contract after the team started the season 7-4. High profile NBA star, Kenyon Martin, left the team soon after and Patty Mills, Douby’s replacement, left under controversial circumstances after management accused him of faking an injury in order to be released back to the NBA. Mills vehemently denied those accusations.

The instability that plagued them during the season has followed them into the offseason. After failing to even get back to the CBA Finals, longtime team president, Hou Wei, resigned shortly after this season and Jiang Xingquan stepped down for the second season in a row to make way for a new coach.

But with their stop-at-nothing championship ambitions and their endless pockets, its safe to assume they’ll be looking to attract a talented and expensive guard to ease the pain of losing their provincial hero. Where they go at this point is anybody’s guess, but it will certainly be one of the main stories to follow this summer in the CBA rumor mill.

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Yang Xuezeng hired in Zhejiang

May 23, 2012

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Yang Xuezeng, who recently resigned from Shanxi Zhongyu, is now officially the head coach at Zhejiang Chouzhou. He had been linked to Zhejiang since earlier this month, when it was announced that he had walked away from Shanxi.

Yang is the second head coach to sign with a new team this off season. In April, Zhejiang Guangsha brought back Wang Fei after releasing Jim Cleamons.

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Yang Xuezeng resigns from Shanxi, possibly headed to Zhejiang

May 10, 2012

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For Yang Xuezeng, one season in Shanxi was enough. (Photo: Osports)

After leading the Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons to their most successful season ever, Yang Xuezeng is calling it quits.

Yang, who steered the Brave Dragons to a third-place regular season before getting the team through to the semi-finals, has officially resigned as head coach and will not be back with the team next season. Team president and owner, Wang Xingjiang, confirmed the news yesterday to the Shanxi Evening Post.

The subject of Yang’s future with the team was brought up by reporters last night during an exhibition game in Taiyuan between the Brave Dragons and the traveling NBA Legends Team, who have been touring the country since April 27. Yang was not on the bench and when a reporter asked Wang, he said Yang had decided to part ways with the team despite several attempts from Wang to convince him to stay.

Yang has not yet publicly commented as to the reasons behind his decision.

Although Yang is unemployed at present, it doesn’t look like he will remain so for long. An anonymous source speaking to Sina is saying that Yang will likely be heading to the Zhejiang Chouzhou Golden Bulls, who is in the market for a new head coach after releasing Ding Wei in April. A Zhejiang spokesperson confirmed today that there is interest in bringing Yang to Yiwu, but stressed that there has been no official contact made between the two sides as of yet.

Zhejiang, who had J.R. Smith, went at 15-17 last season to finish in 11th place.

Before taking over at Shanxi last season, Yang had coached for six seasons with DongGuan New Century Leopards from 2004-10, the last four of which were spent as head coach. In those for years, DongGuan finished 14th, 12th, 4th and 5th.

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