The CBA All-Star Weekend Wasn’t Terrible, But This Dunk Contest Was (Terribly Funny)

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We were watching the CBA All-Star game on Sunday to see the best that Chinese basketball has to offer, and for the entertainment aspect, and the pageantry (it was a special Lantern Festival game), but, truth be told, what we really wanted was comedy, preferably one of errors, like last year. The game didn't supply anything, but the dunk contest did. Oh did it ever.

Looking Back At Tracy McGrady’s Inaugural Season In China

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Six months ago, seven-time NBA all-star Tracy McGrady shocked the basketball world when he signed a one-year contract with the Qingdao Double Star Eagles of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). With Stephon Marbury already setting the standard as the ultimate CBA success story, McGrady was expected to further raise the profile of the top league... Read more »

Stephon Marbury Was Victimized By The Floppingest Flop

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The CBA might have a flopping problem. Tianjin's flopping against Qingdao last week was a big reason that game got so out of hand, and on Friday, we saw another incident involving one of the league's high-profile players. Watch as Guangsha guard Zhang Hanjun starts bleeding perilymph from his ear upon bodily contact with Beijing's Stephon Marbury. Who comes out of this looking good?

Now It’s Gilbert Arenas’s Turn To Hit A Game-Winning Shot

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Less than a week after Tracy McGrady drilled a game-winner on the road against Liaoning, this season's other big import from the NBA, Gilbert Arenas, showed everyone he has some clutch bones in him as well. With the clock winding down and the Shanghai Sharks down 94-93 in Nanjing, on the home court of the Jiangsu Dragons, Arenas made his move, which you can watch in the video above.

Tianjin Coach Gary Gaspard Had To Be Physically Restrained After Sunday’s CBA Debacle

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What words do we have left for Sunday's colossal wreck of a basketball scrum between Qingdao and Tianjin, in which the two teams were whistled for a combined 89 fouls (an average of one and a half fouls per minute), shot 119 combined free throws, and each had three players foul out? I wrote that it was "how bad basketball can look when entrusted to the wrong people." NiuBBall's Jon Pastuszek called it an "abomination," "nightmare" and "pathetic." Andrew Crawford of Shark Fin Hoops tweeted, "In Chinese basketball, the biggest problem remains the standard of refereeing." It was a sad day indeed for fans of the CBA.

The Worst Basketball Refereeing Ever (And Of Course Tracy McGrady Happens To Be Involved)

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I'm not sure how, but Tracy McGrady has a way of attracting refereeing debacles. (As a Beijing fan, I'm not just talking about Wednesday night's avian contest between the Ducks and Double Star Eagles in Qingdao, though that was massively craptacular too, with the home team benefitting from so many calls that I wondered aloud whether the CBA was publicly making amends with T-Mac for suspending him.) The worst -- absolute no doubt worst bar none -- happened yesterday.

Tracy McGrady Drills Game-Winner, Even To The Delight Of The Opposing Team’s Crowd

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We daresay things are looking up for Tracy McGrady. His team, the Qingdao Double Star Eagles, has won three games in a row, and none more dramatically than Wednesday on the road against Liaoning. You’ll remember that in the season opener, McGrady had the ball in his hands with time winding down but turned it over,... Read more »

Tracy McGrady Is Charging For Interviews In China, Which Is Why No One Is Interviewing Him

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Tracy McGrady and the Qingdao Double Star Eagles have seemingly found a groove on the court, winning four straight, but as we’ve known all along, T-Mac’s season would be one that makes headlines on and off the court. Here’s another example of the latter, via Jon Pastuszek of NiuBBall: Considering that the iconic McGrady’s every move has... Read more »

CBA Suspends Tracy McGrady For Calling Referees “3 Blind Mice”; Qingdao-Bayi Refs Suspended 20 Combined Games

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Tracy McGrady’s wild, wacky, probably frustrating inaugural season in the CBA continues. On Wednesday, after his team was absolutely robbed of a chance to capture a signature road win at Bayi, T-Mac took to his official Sina Weibo account to vent his frustration. At 11:32 pm, he wrote: CBA has to do a better job with... Read more »

Enraged By Blown Call, Qingdao Coach Pulls Team Off Court In Waning Moments Of CBA Game [UPDATE]

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Late in the game on Wednesday in Ningbo, Bayi was clinging to a three-point lead and had the ball against Qingdao in a hard-fought, physical game in which the teams combined to take 81 free throws (43 for Bayi, 38 for Qingdao). Then, in the final minute, the refs botched a call so horribly that no one who was watching could have avoided the obvious question: "Is the fix on?"

Yi Jianlian Is The Happiest Dunker

Yi Jianlian
The play has obviously been whistled dead, which would explain why Xinjiang’s Von Wafer (No. 12) is walking away from the basket. Nonetheless, we love this picture. Everyone should be as happy as Yi Jianlian while playing sports, to say nothing of soaring above the rim to throw down a one-handed dunk.

Marcus Williams’s Agent Says Shanxi Guard Used Pot For Medical Reasons (Of Course)

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Marcus Williams became the first basketball player in China to be busted for “doping” on December 9 when he tested positive for marijuana, but so far he’s managed to avoid making silly, trite excuses such as “I was using for medicinal purposes.” We commend him for that. His agent, however, is happy to do so... Read more »

Quincy Douby Punctuated His 75-Point Night With A Massive Dunk On Charles Gaines’s Head

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Zhejiang Golden Bulls guard Quincy Douby went off on Wednesday night, scoring 75 points in a 154-129 home win. His opponent, the Shanxi Brave Dragons, had a stellar performer as well: Charles Gaines, whose 60-point, 29-rebound night would have been the headline on any other day. As is, it was Douby’s record-setting 75 — four... Read more »

Quincy Douby Scores 75 Points, Sets CBA Single-Game Record

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From the department of jaw-dropping sports accomplishments, Quincy Douby scored 75 points yesterday as his Zhejiang team defeated Shanxi, 154-129. Charles Gaines, playing for the first time without his foreign running mate — CBA leading scorer Marcus Williams, who was recently suspended six months for pot use – scored 60 points and grabbed 29 rebounds in the loss.

The Beijing Ducks Held Their Opponent Without A Field Goal In The Fourth Quarter Tonight

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Three quarters down, the Beijing Ducks looked out. Playing at home against the woeful Fujian Sturgeons, a 5-8 team ranked 14th out of 17, the Ducks found themselves inexplicably down nine with 12 minutes to play, a decidedly uninspiring showing from a first-place team that had just notched its signature win of the young season by... Read more »

Chinese Basketball May Be In The Midst Of A Point-Shaving Scandal

Jon Pastuszek of NiuBBall brings us this story via Tuesday’s edition of Yangtze Evening Post: The Chinese Basketball Association is currently dealing with the threat of in-game point shaving, according to a report published yesterday in the Yangtze Evening Paper, which includes both foreign players and Chinese referees, the latter of whom can reportedly be bought out for... Read more »

Gilbert Arenas Scores 5 Points In First Game Back Since Groin Injury, Team Loses

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On Tuesday, Gilbert Arenas played his first game since November 24 — when he pulled up lame after just six minutes in Beijing – and it was apparent he wasn’t completely healthy. He limped to the bench in the first half, fueling the same questions that reporters asked last month: is he physically fit to compete? Arenas... Read more »

Tracy McGrady Retaliates With Dirty Elbow After Beijing’s Ji Zhe Taunts Him With Finger Wag [UPDATE]

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This weekend has not been good to Tracy McGrady. On Friday he suffered the indignity of having to run off the court because of diarrhea — to say nothing of the indignity of a 10-point performance in a 30-point home loss. Yesterday in Beijing, against the defending champs, he was involved in what could have been... Read more »