CBA (Chinese Basketball Association)i

The Chinese Basketball Association, often abbreviated as CBA, is the first-tier professional men's basketball league in China. It is widely regarded as the pre-eminent professional men's basketball league in Asia. The league is commonly known by fans as the CBA, and this acronym is even used in Chinese on a regular basis. A few Chinese players who competed in the CBA in the early stages of their careers – including Wang Zhizhi, Mengke Bateer, Yao Ming, Yi Jianlian, and Sun Yue – have also played in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The defending champions from the 2016-17 season were the Xinjiang Flying Tigers.


Asian Cup triumph by basketball team follows success of females in volleyball and football, and comes at a time when male sport has been hit by claims of match-fixing and corruption.

  • Chinese Basketball Association chief says criticism of players after Asian Games failure has gone too far
  • Ming made his comments at Chinese basketball Hall of Fame event in Beijing

US league ‘is in the first class’, Yao says, also revealing he had dinner with former tennis star Peng, whose withdrawal from view had sparked the WTA’s boycott of China.


NBA legend takes ‘responsibility’ as men’s national team initially fail to speak to media after heartbreaking 77-76 loss to the Philippines in semi-finals.

Weeks after China’s worst ever Fiba World Cup finish, their coach Aleksandar Dordevic says ‘the energy is back’ and the goal in Hangzhou is ‘to go all the way’.

Association had said hosting next week’s women’s final at Queen Elizabeth Stadium was ‘a waste of resources’, but criticism has led to a change of heart.

Fans ask why diminutive players like Yuki Kawamura – who led co-hosts to victory over Finland at Basketball World Cup – cannot succeed for China.


‘We had been together for 10 days only – more training and matches will help us find some better form,’ Anderson says after Trentino Cup final loss, with World Cup less than three weeks away.

‘No wonder our football, basketball and volleyball are so far behind,’ fan says on Weibo after Zhejiang are thrashed by Shandong yet judged to be better.

Anderson likely to play against Cape Verde in mini-tournament in Italy on Friday, with team then expected to head to Germany before hosting Serbia in final warm-up game in Shenzhen.

‘Our playing style is relatively simple at the moment, and players are impatient,’ coach Liu Tiu says following loss to Shaanxi Wolves in mainland China’s second-tier competition.