I hope you’ve enjoyed reading part 1 as much as I enjoyed writing it, Lana Del Rey’s lips incident aside. I’ve been suggested a couple of comparisons (thanks Andrew, thanks Jorge!) in the meantime, and I really encourage everyone (yes, all three of you readers!) to hit me up on my Twitter profile, where you will find also some brief thoughts and recaps about daily occurrences in the Chinese league. That said, let’s cover 4 more players you’ll find in the league!
There’s little to add to what results already highlight: Liaoning is the best team around, Guangdong and Guangsha are runners-up and Beijing comes 4th. Since this is no power ranking, let’s stray away from sheer standings and focus on three teams: Beijing, Guangsha and Tianjin. What do they have in common?
I was tempted to begin this piece with a statement: from now on, every part 2 of my rankings will be named “How the other half lives”, quoting Jacob Riis’ famous work on portraying the poorest slums in New York. Then, you know, I decided to give up on that out of the respect I have for that book and let’s just say that the CBA is now undoubtedly about halves, and that we can state that every second half of my rankings will undoubtedly concern the less fashionable half of the league. Underachievers, absolute beginners (can I quote Bowie, at the very least?), average joes and uncategorized displays of hopelessness all inhabit the gutter of Chinese basketball.
Who, though, is looking at the stars among those teams?
We concluded the first half yesterday by awarding place no. 10 to Qingdao. Let’s move on to the second half, where we’ll see some of the cringiest and most hopeless CBA sides up to date. Yes, some of them are that sad, I’m sorry to spoil that for you.