Gong Luming

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Gong Luming (born 29 August 1957) is a Chinese former professional basketball player and the current coach of the China men's national basketball team.

Career[edit]

As a player, he was part of the China sides that competed in the 1988 Summer Olympics and the 1990 FIBA World Championship.[1]

Following his retirement from playing, he became a coach and led the Chinese national team in the 1996 Summer Olympics, with an eighth-place finish. He coached the national women's side at the 2004 Summer Olympics but they failed to make the last eight after being defeated by New Zealand.[1]

Gong then left coaching to become an official at the Chinese Basketball Association. In 2009 he was touted as the media's favourite to replace dismissed coach Jonas Kazlauskas at the helm of the national team, however he dismissed the speculation and pulled his name from contention.[2]

He would finally return to coach the Chinese national men's team in early 2014 with the task of rebuilding the team after a dismal 2013 FIBA Asia Championship that had cost his predecessor Panagiotis Giannakis his position after a quarterfinal exit.[1] After leading China to the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship title, Gong was confirmed in his position in order to lead the side in the 2016 Olympics.[3]

Gong resigned from his post as the head coach of the Chinese national team in January 6, 2017.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "CHN - Gong back at the helm of China". FIBA.com. 10 February 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "CHN – Gong! China narrow the list". FIBA.com. 1 April 2009. Retrieved 11 August 2016. 
  3. ^ Xiang, Bo (12 April 2016). "Gong Luming continues to coach Chinese men's basketball team in Rio Olympics". news.XinhuaNet.com/english. Retrieved 11 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "Gong Luming steps down as China coach". FIBA. 6 January 2017. Retrieved 7 January 2017. 

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