中国男子篮球职业联赛 (Zhōngguó Nánzǐ Lánqiú Zhíyè Liánsài), also known as the Chinese Basketball Association, or the CBA, is China’s top-level basketball league.
The CBA is increasingly visible on the world sports stage. More and more NBA profiles also take an interest in the league, and superstars like Tracy McGrady have played there while others have coached.
The CBA is headed by Yáo Míng, the legendary Houston Rockets center known as “the moving Great Wall”. One of China’s most recognizable celebrities abroad, he took over as chairman in 2017 and plans to make Chinese basketball greater than ever before.
Like in its American cousin, the league’s teams take on more or less fear-inducing names like the Bĕijīng Ducks, the Fújiàn Sturgeons, and the Sìchuān Blue Whales.
Last year, the league was won by first-time champions Liáoníng Flying Leopards.
If hornets and leprechauns can play basketball, why not ducks? Wikimedia Commons