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Chinese Basketball Association Restarts Season Behind Closed Doors

Jun 20, 2020 1:45 PM

The Chinese Basketball Association restarted its season behind closed doors after being suspended for five months.

The CBA was originally suspended on January 24th.

The league's resumption featured 20 teams divided into two divisions, with limited venues, and no fans inside the stadium.

"As the first national large-scale sports event to be restarted in China, the CBA rematch has a strategic significance for comprehensively promoting the resumption of production and restoring life, and its social impact has exceeded the basketball itself," wrote Yao Ming in an open letter discussing the league's return.


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Yao Ming Presents Three Options For Chinese Basketball Association To Resume Season

May 10, 2020 12:47 PM

Yao Ming said that the Chinese Basketball Association has three options to resume the season.

The options include: playing out the full schedule, playing out a shortened season, or going straight to the playoffs.

Ming added that he hoped to play as many games as possible, and that a tournament to restart the season was being considered should the schedule be shortened.

Teams would be isolated in hotels, with fans barred from arenas. 


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Chinese Basketball Association Delays Restart Until July

Apr 14, 2020 12:18 PM

The Chinese Basketball Association has suffered another setback and have postponed their calendar until at least July.

The CBA had initially planned on resuming play on April 15th. On March 30th, the General Administration of Sports issued a ban on large sports gathering due to concerns over the containment of COVID-19.

No final decision on the CBA's season can be made without government clearance.

There are more than a dozen American players who returned to China and finished their 14-day quarantine period. Some of the top players in the CBA told ESPN they intend to stay in China as long as they are receiving salaries, rather than conducting two additional 14-day quarantines.

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Chinese Government Delays Restart Of Chinese Basketball Association

Mar 31, 2020 11:05 AM

The Chinese government has issued an order delaying the restart of the Chinese Basketball Association and other group sporting events.

The CBA has been suspended since January due to COVID-19. Many sports leagues are viewing the CBA as a test case of resuming a league impacted by COVID-19.

CBA teams have been informing players they still intend to finish out the current season and hope to have more clarity in the coming weeks.

The spread of COVID-19 has slowed down dramatically in China.

The CBA planned to house teams in quarantined hotels with multiple temperature checks per day to try to avoid the risk of exposure and spread of the virus.

Jeremy Lin and Lance Stephenson are two of the more prominent American born players in the CBA.


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O.J. Mayo Close To Signing With Liaoning Flying Leopards In Chinese Basketball Association

Mar 29, 2020 1:11 PM

O.J. Mayo is close to signing a contract with Liaoning Flying Leopards in the Chinese Basketball Association.

Mayo landed in China and is in a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Mayo would need to get medical clearance following the quarantine before officially signing with the team.

The guard could potentially join Lance Stephenson and Brandon Bass as the team's foreign imports.

There is no official date for when the CBA will restart. 

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Chinese Basketball Association Postpones Restart From April 15 To May

Mar 25, 2020 11:01 AM

The Chinese Basketball Association has delayed the restart of its season from April 15th to May after failing to receive approval from the government.

Chinese officials were affected by abandoned restarts of leagues in Japan and South Korea and over continued concern over COVID-19 in recent days. The delay of the Olympics also contributed to the decision.

The CBA is now looking at a four-month delay.

Many sports leagues view the CBA situation as a trial balloon for when their leagues can resume.

The NBA is hoping to restart at some point in late May or early June.

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Jeremy Lin, Lance Stephenson Returning To Chinese Basketball Association

Mar 21, 2020 2:01 AM

American players in the Chinese Basketball Association, including Jeremy Lin and Lance Stephenson, are returning to China after the league was suspended for nearly three months.

"It's been an awesome 2 months camped out in the gym ... basketball has never been more meaningful. The world needs basketball now more than ever," Lin wrote on Instagram.

Lin, like all foreign players returning to China, must spend two weeks in quarantine before he can reunite with his teammates.

Lin averaged 24.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game for the Beijing Ducks.

Stephenson also announced that he will return to the CBA on social media.

The league will resume in mid-April, with all 20 teams set to play in one or two cities, in empty arenas. They will play to a shortened regular season and playoff schedule. 

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Chinese Basketball Association Expected To Complete Regular Season Behind Closed Doors

Mar 15, 2020 12:51 PM

The Chinese Basketball Association is expected to complete its regular season behind closed door, and begin the playoffs immediately after.

Sources also told Jonathan Givony of ESPN that all teams will gather in one or two cities to complete the season.

The CBA is expected to resume in the first week of April.

Four American players returned to their respective teams, or never left the region in the first place. One team reportedly threatened "lifetime bans for players who do not return by March 15" according to a memo received by ESPN.

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Chinese Basketball Association Requests American Players Return To Play

Mar 11, 2020 4:25 PM

The Chinese Basketball Association has asked American players to return as early as this weekend to prepare for the league to resume in early April.

There are approximately 40 Americans in the CBA, including Jeremy Lin, Lance Stephenson, Tyler Hansbrough and Ty Lawson. 

Most foreign players were sent home over the Lunar New Year holiday in late January due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Positive signs have emerged in China regarding containment of the virus. 

The U.S. Department of State issued a travel advisory on Feb. 2 advising U.S. citizens not to travel to China after the World Health Organization declared a public health emergency.

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Chasson Randle's Attempts To Sign 10-Day NBA Contract Blocked By Chinese Team

Feb 26, 2020 11:53 AM

Chasson Randle has twice tried to sign 10-day contracts with NBA teams, but he has been unable to obtain his FIBA letter of clearance from the Tianjin Gold Lions.

Chasson returned to the United States on January 26th after the Chinese Basketball Association suspended play due to the coronavirus outbreak.

"His payments are currently behind with no date provided of when he will receive salary owed," agent Darrell Comer told ESPN. "He has been offered opportunities to sign 10-day contracts with NBA teams, but Tianjin has denied his FIBA clearance despite the fact that the 10-day contracts will expire before all rumored dates if the China season will resume.

"Chasson is not only being prevented from making income, but also from furthering his career as a NBA player. We are speaking to bring awareness to this unfair issue for Chasson, but also for the other talented players who are back from China and may experience similar issues soon."

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Chinese Basketball Association Postpones All Games Due To Coronavirus

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Ty Lawson To Sign With Fujian

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Salah Mejri Signs One-Month Contract With Liaoning

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Jeremy Lin In Advanced Contract Talks With Beijing Ducks
Jeremy Lin has received tepid interest from NBA teams this offseason.

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Jerryd Bayless Agrees To Deal With Sichuan
Jerryd Bayless played in 34 games last season with the Wolves.

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Jeremy Lin Receives Interest From Multiple Teams In China
Jeremy Lin remains a free agent and has received tepid interest from NBA teams.

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Angel Delgado Signs One-Year, $4.3M Deal With Beijing Royal Fighters
Angel Delgado averaged 18.6 points, 14.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 33.4 minutes per game in the G League.

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