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The Chinese Basketball Association, commonly referred to as the CBA, is the men's professional basketball league in China, the WCBA is the Women's Chinese Basketball Association. 

Other Chinese basketball leagues include the National Basketball League (NBL - a semi-professional "Division 2" minor league in China), the Chinese University Basketball Association (CUBA) and the Chinese High School Basketball League (CHBL). 

At one time there was a league called the Chinese New Basketball Alliance (CNBA), one of whose teams was the Beijing Sea Lions, but it lasted only one season (1996-97). 

A few CBA players, such as Yao Ming, Wang Zhizhi, Yi Jianlian, Sun Yue, and Mengke Bateer, have also played in the NBA. Conversely, a limited number of foreign players are allowed for each CBA team. Notable players include NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury, Steve Francis and Gilbert Arenas. 

The Guangdong Southern Tigers are the most successful team in the history of the CBL as they have made every single final from 2003 until 2013 – winning eight of them.


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