Qingdao has a reputation as a great place to live and/or travel, but anyone who spends time here and is interested in sports should know that the pro teams are just pretty disappointing. Remember the soccer scandal of 2010 for corruption in games 2007-2009? One of the main teams involved was Qingdao Hailifeng, who purposely scored on their own net at the behest of their own coach. The Qingdao Double Star basketball team hasn’t (yet) been found to be cheating, but they do end up at the bottom of the league more often than not. China’s latest basketball info resource NiuBBall.com comments on Qingdao’s 2010-11 season start and why it’s been disappointing. Check out the recap from them below on Qingdao’s latest game, a win at home against Fujian. The victory raised their record to 2-4 and snaps a 4 game losing streak for Qingdao. The next home game for the Eagles in on January 2 against the Shanghai Sharks. Come out and cheer our home team against one of the league’s better teams, which is partly owned by Yao Ming and coached by Bob Donewald.
The recap from NiuBBall
QINGDAO 113 – Fujian 99
The only reason why Shanghai isn’t running away with the early season trophy for “biggest letdown” is because Qingdao, entering their home game against Fujian, was sitting smelly at 1-4 — inexcusable in the eyes of this space because in addition to having two very niu American imports, Charles Gaines and Dee Brown, they’re also rocking the third Asian import, Jordanian Zaid Al-Khas. Can’t count out that Qingdao is a dope place to live/visit as another reason why this team should be playing better, either.
Not sure if it was a sign of a turnaround, or just good timing (Fujian stinks), but Double Star broke a four game losing streak and got their second win of the year. Gaines, as he does every so often, exploded for 46 points and Brown had 19 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals. At home against arguably the worst team in the league, we’re going to wait another round or two before we say something good about this team.
CBA 2010-11 Schedule and Info (English)
Official CBA website (Chinese)
Official Qingdao Double Star website (Chinese)
Qingdao Double Star 2010-11 Roster (Chinese)
Qingdao Double Star 2010-11 Schedule (Chinese)
Qingdao Double Star on Sina (Chinese)