Liu Yudong

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Liu Yudong (simplified Chinese: 刘玉栋; traditional Chinese: 劉玉棟; pinyin: Liú Yùdòng; nickname: "War God (战神)";[1] b. 1970 in Putian, Fujian), is a retired Chinese professional basketball player who last played for the Fujian Xunxing club in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA).[2] At 1.98 m (6'6") and 243 lbs. (110 kg), he played at the power forward position. He held the CBA record for most career points scored (8,387 points in 387 games), until it was broken by Zhu Fangyu, on 1/1/2012. He was the CBA MVP in 2002, and the CBA Finals MVP in 2001 and 2003.

Professional career[edit]

Liu spent his first eight CBA seasons with the Bayi Rockets (1995–2003), where he became the second best scorer in CBA history, with a league-best scoring average of 25.9 points per game. After winning the CBA championship in all but one season – 2002, to a Yao Ming-led Shanghai Sharks team, Liu retired in 2003, because of a knee injury. He came back the next season, and was voted to the CBA All-Star Game. Liu retired again in 2005, due to his troublesome knees, and he became an assistant coach for the Rockets. In 2007, Liu came out of a two-year retirement to lead the Fujian Xunxing.

Personal[edit]

Liu is a senior colonel in the People's Liberation Army. He was also the flag bearer of the Chinese sports delegation at the opening ceremony of the 1996 Summer Olympics and 2000 Summer Olympics.[3]

Honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yao Ming: The Road to the NBA by C.F. Xiao, translated by Philip Robyn, p. 198
  2. ^ "Shortened season, lack of stars will impact CBA revenues". People's Daily. October 24, 2007. Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  3. ^ "Liu Yudong to Carry Flag for Chinese Sports Delegation". People's Daily. September 14, 2000. Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  4. ^ Yao Ming: The Road to the NBA by C.F. Xiao, translated by Philip Robyn, Page 139
  5. ^ "Dragon Vs Tiger: CBA All-star Competition". People's Daily. April 3, 2001. Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  6. ^ "Basketballer Receives Top CBA Award". China Internet Information Center. January 20, 2005. Retrieved 2008-08-07. 

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