Liaoning Flying Leopards

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Liaoning Flying Leopards
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LeagueCBA
Founded1995; 25 years ago (1995)
HistoryLiaoning Hunters
(1995–2008)
Liaoning Dinosaurs
(2008–2011)
Liaoning Flying Leopards
(2011–present)
ArenaLiaoning Gymnasium
Capacity12,000
LocationHunnan District, Shenyang, Liaoning, China
Team colorsPurple, Gold, Black
              
Team managerJie Jun
Head coachGuo Shiqiang
Championships1 (2018)

The Liaoning Flying Leopards (simplified Chinese: 辽宁飞豹; traditional Chinese: 遼寧飛豹; pinyin: Liáoníng Fēibào), also known as the Liaoning 3SBio Flying Leopards or simply Liaoning 3SBio, are a Chinese professional basketball team based in Hunnan District, Shenyang, Liaoning, which plays in the Northern Division of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). The team used to held home games in Benxi, but relocated to Shenyang in the 2017–18 season. The Liaoning 3SBio Inc. is the club's corporate sponsor while its mascot is a flying leopard.

History[edit]

During the 2004–05 CBA season, Liaoning finished in first place in the North Division, but lost in the Quarter-Finals of the CBA Playoffs to the South Division's Yunnan Bulls. The team would then go on to place seventh and fourth, respectively, over the next two years, before advancing to the CBA Finals following the 2007–08 CBA season. Although Liaoning eventually lost to the Guangdong Southern Tigers, the club did win the fourth game of the series. This was the team's first victory in the CBA Finals, despite multiple appearances. After finishing in fifth place in the 2009–10 CBA season, Liaoning would miss both the 2010–11 and the 2011–12 CBA playoffs.[1]

In 2011, Liaoning Scale Industry took over sponsorship from the Liaoning Panpan Group Co., Ltd.

Before the 2012–13 CBA season began, the roster received a massive upheaval. Liaoning made multiple changes including the signings of Josh Akognon and Alexander Johnson. Meanwhile, veteran Bian Qiang retired, and many local players were either transferred or loaned out to other CBA teams. One of the most significant player transactions that occurred was the decision to let go of Zhang Qingpeng.[2] It would later be revealed that this move was made in the interest of developing sharpshooter Guo Ailun.[3] On December 2, 2012, the Flying Leopards beat the Tianjin Gold Lions 100–81. This was Liaoning's sixth straight home victory against Tianjin.[4]

In 2013, the team started to receive sponsorship from Benxi Steel Group.[5]

The Flying Leopards have since become regular contenders for the CBA title again, powered by such players as Guo, Han Dejun, and multi-time CBA International MVP Lester Hudson. Liaoning lost to the Beijing Ducks in six games in the 2015 CBA Finals, and to Sichuan Blue Whales in five games in the 2016 CBA Finals. A brawl broke between players from the visiting Liaoning Flying Leopards and fans of the Sichuan Blue Whales after Game 3 of the Chinese Basketball Association 2016 Finals as described in Chuan-Liao Event.

In the 2017–18 CBA season, Liaoning defeated Zhejiang Lions in the finals (4–0) and won their first CBA league title.[6] The team relocated their home stadium from Benxi to Shenyang during the play-offs semi-finals.[7]

In 2019, 3SBio Inc. officially took the sponsorship, and changed the team name.[8]

Roster[edit]

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Liaoning Flying Leopards roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt.
G 0 China Gao Shiyan 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 85 kg (187 lb)
G 1 United States Lance Stephenson 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 104 kg (229 lb)
G 3 China Zhao Jiwei 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 80 kg (176 lb)
F 6 China He Tianju 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 103 kg (227 lb)
G 8 China Ma Zhuang 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 87 kg (192 lb)
F 10 China Cong Mingchen 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) 84 kg (185 lb)
F 11 China Liu Zhixuan 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 83 kg (183 lb)
G 13 China Guo Ailun 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 80 kg (176 lb)
F 15 China Guo Xu 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 80 kg (176 lb)
C 17 China Liu Yanyu 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 80 kg (176 lb)
F 18 China Sun Kaiqi 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 92 kg (203 lb)
F 22 China Li Xiaoxu 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 105 kg (231 lb)
C 28 China Lu Zijie 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 110 kg (243 lb)
C 30 United States Brandon Bass 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 113 kg (249 lb)
F 32 China Wang Huadong 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 110 kg (243 lb)
G 36 China Yan Shouqi 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 91 kg (201 lb)
C 55 China Han Dejun (C) 2.15 m (7 ft 1 in) 133 kg (293 lb)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: December 11, 2019

References[edit]

  1. ^ Liaoning Jiebao Basketball Club
  2. ^ Liaoning new season Parade: Lineup big shake double foreign aid decided the fate of the team
  3. ^ Liaoning team explained zhangqingpeng leave reasons: desire to cultivate Guo Allan
  4. ^ Liaoning scale industry VS Tianjin Steel Wing battlefield 100-81 Archived 2012-12-05 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "辽宁男篮冠名"本溪药都"". ifeng.com. 3 November 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  6. ^ "Liaoning Flying Leopards Win 2018 CBA Title". Court Side Newspaper. April 23, 2018. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  7. ^ "辽篮迁至沈阳符合CBA潮流 冲冠保障全面升级". qq.com. 24 March 2018. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  8. ^ "官宣!辽篮更名为辽宁沈阳三生飞豹篮球俱乐部". qq.com. 15 October 2019. Retrieved 11 December 2019.

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