words // Brennan Hiro Williams

The NBA lockout continues, and as each day passes the chances increase that the 2011 season will be lost. It is said, however, that “basketball never stops,” and some current and former NBA stars are living by this motto, taking opportunities to play professionally overseas.

A popular destination thus far is the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), which allows each team a small allowance of roster space for international players. The influx of new talent and recognizable faces creates a new frontier for the evolving CBA, which nearly changed its rules to award its first MVP award to a foreign player last year (Former Kings first-round pick Quincy Douby). Take a look at the shoes worn in the CBA in the newest edition of Sneaker Watch.

Photos via Sina Sports



J.R. Smith of the Zhejiang Golden Bulls hits a fade away three in the “True Blue” Air Jordan Retro 3.


Foshan Dralions high-flying guard Gerald Green smothers Alan Anderson in the Air Jordan 13.


Zhejiang Golden Bulls forward Josh Boone throws it down with two hands in the Nike Lunar HyperGamer.


Qingdao Double Star’s Lester Hudson, who recorded the only quadruple-double in NCAA history at UT Martin, goes up and under in the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse 2011.


Domestic talent Yi Jianlian runs the Guandong Southern Tiger’s offense in the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse 2011.


Jiangsu Dragons captain Hu Xuefeng (Nike Zoom Kobe VI) channels J-Will on a three pointer over Zhang Qingpeng of the Liaoning Dinosaurs (adidas adiZero Crazy Light), while Dan Gadzuric looks on.


Zhejiang Lions star Wilson Chandler hits a finger roll in the Doernbecher Freestyle 7 collection Air Jordan 3.


Steph Marbury of the Beijing Ducks poses for the cameras wearing the Nike Free Run+ 2.