Liaoning Flying Leopards

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Liaoning Flying Leopards
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League CBA
Founded 1995; 21 years ago (1995)
History Liaoning Hunters
(1995–2008)
Liaoning Dinosaurs
(2008–2011)
Liaoning Flying Leopards
(2011–present)
Arena Benxi Gymnasium
Arena Capacity 4,500
Location Benxi, Liaoning, China
Team colors Purple, Gold, Black
              
Team manager Jie Jun
Head coach Joaquín Ruiz Lorente
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
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Away jersey
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The Liaoning Flying Leopards (辽宁药都本溪飞豹) (also known as the Liaoning Scale Industry Flying Leopards or simply Liaoning Scale Industry) are a professional basketball team based in Yingkou, Liaoning, China, which plays in the North Division of the Chinese Basketball Association. Some home games are also held in nearby Benxi. The Liaoning Scale Industry Group is the club's corporate sponsor while its mascot is a flying leopard. In 2011, Scale Industry took over sponsorship from the Liaoning Panpan Group Co., Ltd. (辽宁盼盼集团有限公司).

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]

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]

The Flying Leopards have since become regular contenders for the CBA title again, powered by such players as Guo, big man 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.

Roster[edit]

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Liaoning Flying Leopards roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt.
G 1 China Gao Shiyan 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 74 kg (163 lb)
G 3 China Zhao Jiwei Injured 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 74 kg (163 lb)
F 4 China Lian Ming 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 95 kg (209 lb)
F 6 China He Tianju 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 92 kg (203 lb)
F 10 China Cong Mingchen 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) 81 kg (179 lb)
G 11 China Liu Zhixuan 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 84 kg (185 lb)
G 12 China Yang Ming (C) 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 80 kg (176 lb)
G 13 China Guo Ailun 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 76 kg (168 lb)
G 14 United States Lester Hudson 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 86 kg (190 lb)
F 15 China Guo Xu 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) 85 kg (187 lb)
F 22 China Li Xiaoxu 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 94 kg (207 lb)
C 24 China Wei Meng 2.09 m (6 ft 10 in) 100 kg (220 lb)
F 42 United States Shavlik Randolph 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 107 kg (236 lb)
C 55 China Han Dejun 2.15 m (7 ft 1 in) 145 kg (320 lb)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • China Jie Jun
  • China Yue Pengfei

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: January 24, 2016

Notable players[edit]

Current

Former

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