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Gong Xiaobin (simplified Chinese: 巩晓彬; traditional Chinese: 鞏曉彬; pinyin: Gǒng Xiǎo Bin; born November 23, 1969 in Jinan, Shandong), is a retired Chinese professional basketball player, who enjoyed an outstanding career in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). At 2.03 m (6'8"), and 104 kg (230 lbs.), he played at the power forward and center positions. In 1990, he was chosen as one of China's 50 all-time greatest basketball players.
In 1982, Gong began to play for the Shandong Province youth soccer team, and in 1986, at the age of 17, he was selected to the Chinese national Under-19 team. In 1988, Gong competed in a national urban basketball tournament, and was chosen as an outstanding player; he was also listed as one of China's top ten basketball players of that year; in 1989, at the age of 20, Gong joined the Chinese national basketball team.
In the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), Gong played at the center position for the Shandong Lions, and in the 1997–98 season, he won the league's scoring title and regular season MVP award. He was named to the list of the 50 greatest Chinese basketball players of the second half of the 20th century.
As a basketball player, Gong Xiao Bin represented his native Shandong Province, both as a sports role model, and as a player, leading the Shandong men's team at the Chinese National Games, including the 1997 games in Shanghai, at which the Shandong Province finished 3rd overall.
Chinese national team
As a member of the senior men's Chinese national basketball team, Gong competed for China in the 1989 Asian Games, the 1994 FIBA World Championship, and in the 1996 Summer Olympics. In 2002, at the age of 33, he was still playing internationally, representing China in the Asian games and the FIBA World Championship.
- This article originally translated from zh:巩晓彬
- (in Chinese) Gong Xiao Bin at sina.com
- (in Chinese) 刚退役就挂帅 巩晓彬事出无奈 An article about Gong's retirement[permanent dead link]
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