It was pretty much bound to happen: first week in the books, some intriguing stuff going on in the league already and some mind-boggling surprises in the early standings (like, you know, not seeing Guangdong already 12-0 despite having played only 4 games). No one in their right mind would say that these standings are meant to remain even close to what they look like now, but with 4 games already behind us it’s time to tidy up our first impressions.
Back at it we are, this time covering former NBA finalist Michael Beasley, coming right out of Miami. Will he prove doubters wrong once and for all and showcase his immense talent or will it be just another “meh” season that will just prove those same doubters kinda, sorta right?
aaaaand we’re back, this time covering the real, devastating (?) impact of mr Al Harrington, the hot-hand stretch from pretty much every NBA team. Enjoy!
Round 2 of this little funny thing I’m doing, this time featuring the “Magic Johnson with Puso” himself, as you must feel morally compelled to call him now that I’ve coined this great nickname. Sure, we’re talking about Andray Blatche, recently signed by the Xinjiang Flying Tigers. From this point on this sort of column will have stat lines predictions as well, since I kinda miss getting pwned by my own “foresight”. Have fun!
One thing you need to adjust to quickly when you approach the CBA is the imports’ status, which appears to be somewhat godlike especially in terms of expectations. Import players (generally americans) need to bring their A-game on a nightly basis on the offensive end, whilst on defense…well, not so much.
CBA local fans, managers, executives, they all look at the individual stats to value foreign players.