Shanghai Sharks

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Shanghai Sharks
Shanghai Sharks logo
Leagues CBA
Founded 1996
History Shanghai Sharks
Arena Shanghai Indoor Stadium, 12,000 capacity
Location Shanghai, People's Republic of China
Team colors Blue, Orange, White
President Yao Ming
Head coach Wang Yong
Championships 1
Website Official Site
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Home jersey
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Team colours
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Shanghai Sharks
Traditional Chinese 上海大鯊魚
Simplified Chinese 上海大鲨鱼
Alternative Chinese name
Chinese 上海西洋

The Shanghai Sharks (Chinese: 上海大鲨鱼; pinyin: Shànghǎi dàshāyú), are a Chinese Basketball Association team based in Shanghai, China.

It is best known outside China as the club that developed Yao Ming before he entered the NBA. With the "Moving Great Wall" on the team, the Sharks made the finals three years in a row (in 1999–2000, 2000–2001, 2001–2002), facing the Bayi Rockets each time. They were runners-up the first two years, but won the CBA championship for the first time on their third try, snapping a string of six Bayi Rockets championships in a row. Yao was a key player on the team in those years. Another key player was Leo Chen, a shooting guard with highly developed outside shooting skills. His specialty was called the t-shot (troll-shot), where he would confuse defenders by acting dumb through extreme trolling and then blowing a two-foot layup.

The team faced serious financial issues in the 2008–09 season, and were in danger of not being able to compete in the 2009–10 season due to their shaky finances. On July 16, 2009, Chinese media reported that Yao had stepped in to purchase the team, presumably enabling them to continue in the CBA.[1]


Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold more than one nationality.

Shanghai Sharks roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt.
F 1 China Cai Liang 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 90 kg (198 lb)
G 3 China Feng Qi 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 75 kg (165 lb)
F/C 4 Chinese Taipei Tseng Wen-ting 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 97 kg (214 lb)
G 5 China Meng Lingyuan 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 93 kg (205 lb)
G 9 China Lu Wei 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 86 kg (190 lb)
F 10 China Cun Shouwei 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 110 kg (243 lb)
C 11 China Wu Guanxi 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) 123 kg (271 lb)
F 22 China Zhai Yi 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 89 kg (196 lb)
C 23 China Zhang Zhaoxu 2.21 m (7 ft 3 in) 102 kg (225 lb)
G 24 China Ge Yang 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 80 kg (176 lb)
C 31 China Wu Yang 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 110 kg (243 lb)
G Chinese Taipei Yang Jingmin 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 90 kg (198 lb)
F United States Michael Beasley 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 106 kg (234 lb)
G United States Delonte West 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 88 kg (194 lb)
F China Gong Songlin 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 90 kg (198 lb)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: October 18, 2014

Retired numbers[edit]


Playoffs Champions (1): 2001/02
Playoffs Runners-up (2): 1999/2000, 2000/01
Regular Season Champions (1): 2001/02
Regular Season Runners-up (1): 2000/01
Regular Season 3rd Places (1): 1999/2000

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Reuters (2009-07-16). "Yao buys Shanghai Sharks". Retrieved 2009-07-16.

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