Shanxi Zhongyu

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Shanxi Zhongyu
Shanxi team logo.png
Founded 2004
League CBA 2004-present
IBL 2008-present
Team history Henan Dragons
2004-2006
Shanxi Yujun
2006-2007
Shanxi Zhongyu
2007-present
Based in Taiyuan, Shanxi, China
Arena Riverside Sports Arena, 5,331 capacity
Colors red, orange, yellow, white
                   
Head coach Spain Chus Mateo
Championships 0
Division titles 0

The Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons (山西中宇猛龙) are a professional basketball team in the North Division of the Chinese Basketball Association, based in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, China.

History[edit]

Originally known as the Henan Renhe Dragons (河南仁和) due to corporate sponsorship from Henan Renhe Group (河南仁和集团), they renamed as a result of an agreement signed with Henan Jiyuan Iron & Steel Group Co., Ltd. (河南济源钢铁集团) in early November before the regular season began (jigang is an abbreviation of jiyuan gangtie, or Jiyuan Iron & Steel).[1] In conjunction with this, they moved from their original home city of Zhengzhou to Jiyuan in the middle of their first season.[2] From 2004-2006 they were known as the Henan Jigang Dragons (河南济钢猛龙) or Henan Dragons or Henan Jigang, based in Luoyang and Jiyuan, Henan.

In the 2004 - 2005 season, the Henan Dragons finished in seventh and last place in the North Division, out of the playoffs. In 2005–2006 they suffered exactly the same fate.

For the CBA 2006-07 season, the team was moved to Taiyuan, and is now known as Shanxi Zhongyu. The team has fared little better since moving to Shanxi.

In January 2010, the Shanxi Zhongyu signed former NBA player Stephon Marbury.[3]

In August 2011, the Shanxi Zhongyu played an exhibition game against the Georgetown University Hoyas during the Hoyas' two week trip to China. The Shanxi Zhongyu were defeated 98-81.

Playing in the IBL[edit]

The team participated in the 2008 season of the International Basketball League. The IBL is a spring/summer league based in Portland, Oregon. They were housed at the United States Basketball Academy.

Roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team, as has been defined by FIBA. Players may hold more than one nationality.

Shanxi Zhongyu roster roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt.
G 0 China Chen Huashan 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
F 3 China Duan Jiangpeng 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 80 kg (176 lb)
G 6 China Pan Jiang 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 95 kg (209 lb)
F 8 China Wen Shengjie 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 88 kg (194 lb)
C 9 China Yan Pengfei 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in)
G 10 China Lü Xiaoming 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) 76 kg (168 lb)
F 11 China Xing Zhijiang 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)
F 13 China Kerambak Makan 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 100 kg (220 lb)
F 20 China Shang Ping 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 108 kg (238 lb)
G/F 22 United States Williams, Marcus 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 92 kg (203 lb)
G/F 24 China Wei Mingliang 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
F 31 China Ren Junwei 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in)
F 33 China Zhang Xuewen 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 90 kg (198 lb)
F 34 United States Gaines, Charles 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 108 kg (238 lb)
F 35 China Ge Zhaobao 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) 105 kg (231 lb)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: November 21, 2011

Trivia[edit]

The team and their former coach Bob Weiss are subject of the book Brave Dragons, A Chinese Basketball Team, an American Coach and Two Cultures Clashing which is about the experience of Weiss while he was coaching the team in the 2008/2009 season.

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