Shanxi Brave Dragons

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Shanxi Brave Dragons
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League CBA
Founded 2001
History Henan Dragons
Shanxi Dragons
Shanxi Brave Dragons
Arena Riverside Sports Arena
Capacity 5,331
Location Taiyuan, Shanxi, China
Team colors White, Orange, Black
Head coach Hsu Chin-tse
Ownership Shanxi Fenjiu Company
Championships None

The Shanxi Fenjiu Brave Dragons (山西汾酒猛龙) or Shanxi Fenjiu or Shanxi Brave Dragons are a professional basketball team based in Taiyuan, Shanxi, China, which plays in the North Division of the Chinese Basketball Association. The Shanxi Fenjiu Company is the club's corporate sponsor, while its mascot is a brave dragon.


Originally known as the Henan Renhe Dragons (河南仁和) due to corporate sponsorship by the Henan Renhe Group (河南仁和集团), the team rebranded as a result of an agreement signed with the Henan Jiyuan Iron & Steel Group (河南济源钢铁集团) in early November, just before the CBA's 2004–05 regular season began (jigang is an abbreviation for jiyuan gangtie or Jiyuan Iron & Steel).[1]

In conjunction with this change -- the club moved from its original home city of Zhengzhou to Jiyuan -- in the middle of its first season.[2] From 2004–2006 they were known as the Henan Jigang Dragons (河南济钢猛龙) or Henan Jigang or Henan Dragons, and were based in both Jiyuan and Luoyang, Henan.

During the 2004–05 CBA season, the team's first in the league, the Henan Dragons finished in seventh and last place in the CBA's North Division and out of the playoffs. In the 2005–06 CBA season they suffered the same fate yet again.

Before the 2006–07 CBA season, the team headed to Taiyuan, and changed its name to the Shanxi Yujun Dragons or Shanxi Yujun or Shanxi Dragons. They signed with a new sponsor the following year, and became known as the Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons, but the club has fared little better on the court since its relocation.

In January 2010, the Brave Dragons signed former NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury.[3] He only stayed with Shanxi through the end of the 2009–10 CBA season, before leaving for Foshan, and eventually Beijing.

In August 2011, the Brave Dragons played an exhibition game against the Georgetown University Hoyas during the Washington, D.C. squad's two-week summer trip to China, but lost by a final score of 98-81.

Playing in the IBL[edit]

The Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons participated in the 2008 season of the International Basketball League. The IBL is a spring/summer league based in Portland, Oregon. They were housed at the United States Basketball Academy.


Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Shanxi Zhongyu roster roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt.
F 2 China Duan Jiangpeng 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 80 kg (176 lb)
G 3 China Tian Guisen 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 80 kg (176 lb)
F 4 Argentina Luis Scola 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 111 kg (245 lb)
C 5 China Hou Xingyu 2.14 m (7 ft 0 in) 122 kg (269 lb)
G 6 China Zeng Lingxu 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 82 kg (181 lb)
F 7 China Yuan Shuai 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 83 kg (183 lb)
F 8 China Zhang Zelong 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 100 kg (220 lb)
C 9 China Yan Pengfei 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 103 kg (227 lb)
G 10 China Luo Zhi 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 85 kg (187 lb)
F 12 China Xing Zhiqiang 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 96 kg (212 lb)
F 33 China Zhang Xuewen (C) 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 90 kg (198 lb)
F 35 China Ge Zhaobao 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) 107 kg (236 lb)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: January 24, 2016

Notable players[edit]

Current International players

Former Chinese players

Former International players


The team and their former coach Bob Weiss are subject of the book Brave Dragons, A Chinese Basketball Team, an American Coach and Two Cultures Clashing which is about the experience of Weiss while he was coaching the team during the 2008–2009 season.


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