"The real men will rise! The real men will rise," Beijing Ducks guard Stephon Marbury shouted in the visiting team's locker room among teammates, coaches and media on Sunday night as the capital team made it back-to-back Chinese Basketball Association titles with a hard fought 4-2 finals series win over the Liaoning Hunters. And the real men did certainly rise as the championship experience of the Ducks came in handy against a determined side from the northeast of China with Lester Hudson, who made it to the CBA finals last season with Xingjiang Flying Tigers, leading the charge.
Professional sports is evolving in China and the Chinese Basketball Association has been no stranger to this movement. Since its inaugural season in 1995, the league has seen expansion, increased sponsorship and a number of domestic and foreign import players make names for themselves.
Now, the CBA will take another step in its professional evolution as it plans to establish its own player's association.
NBA’s Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets to Wear Special Edition Uniforms for Chinese Lunar New Year
The National Basketball Association, unlike other American sports organizations, has had huge success in China over the past 30 years. Now, two of its teams will honor their fans across the Pacific Ocean with special edition uniforms for the Chinese Lunar New Year.
The announcement of Dalian Wanda Chairman Wang Jianlin's purchase of a 20-percent stake in Spanish La Liga side Atletico Madrid on Wednesday comes as no surprise to anyone who has followed the business dealings of the 60-year-old over the years. In fact, the question might be what took him so long?
It wasn't the way that China's men's national team wanted to exit the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, but a 2-0 defeat in the quarterfinals to host Australia eliminated them from the tournament and they will now head back home. Despite the setback, this is a team that supporters in Australia and back in the Middle Kingdom can certainly be proud of as they look ahead to the qualification process for the 2018 World Cup.
We'd be remiss if not to report about China's latest sports reform measures. The message first sent out on Sept 3 on CCTV's most watched news show, the Xinwen Lianbo. To everyone's surprise, the show aired exactly four minutes and eleven seconds of a State Council meeting on China's industry of sports.
In the midst of all the rumors that came to light earlier about Lionel Messi leaving the Argentinian National Football team, “La Albiceleste” has confirmed a friendly match that will take it all the way to the Asian continent. This match against Hong Kong will take place on October 14th Anniversary of the Hong Kong Football Association. In Argentina tickets are already for sale for those who would like to accompany their team for the excursion.
Brittney Griner in one of the most recognizable women's basketball players the game has ever seen, and standing at 2.03 meters tall (6-8) the Texas native does certainly stand out among a crowd of people.
While the former Baylor University star is contracted to play professionally in the United States with the Phoenix Mercury of the Women's National Basketball Association, she has also taken the same route as many other women's basketball players by taking her game overseas to earn more money compared with what they receive in the U.S. league. Currently she is signed with the Zhejiang Golden Bulls of the Women's Chinese Basketball Association.
After all of the hoopla that went on at the 2014 NBA Draft last month in New York City, the media's attention has now turned to the next class that will most likely grace the stage come 2015, with phenom point guard Emmanuel Mundiay being on the lips of every pundit.
Yangtze Evening News, a Nanjing-based newspaper under Xinhua, reported yesterday that at least 10 referees are involved in a match-fixing investigation in Chinese football.
"From the information gathered, at least 10 referees are involved in the investigation. Some of these suspected 'black whistles' are well-held names in Chinese football, and at least five of them enjoy a respectable status in the footballing circle. The games they have officiated are across the Chinese Super League, China League One and Yi League" the paper reported.