Shanxi Brave Dragons
|Team history||Henan Renhe
|Based in||Taiyuan, Shanxi, China|
|Arena||Riverside Sports Arena, 5,331 capacity|
|Colors||White, Gold, Black
|Head coach||Hsu Chin-tse|
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 Zhongyu Iron & Steel Company, Ltd., 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).
In conjunction with this change -- the club moved from its original home city of Zhengzhou to Jiyuan -- in the middle of its first season. 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 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. 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
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.
|This section's factual accuracy may be compromised due to out-of-date information. (January 2013)|
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Shanxi Zhongyu roster roster
- Olumide Oyedeji(2008-2009)
- Bonzi Wells(2008-2009)
- Donta Smith(2008-2010)
- Tim Pickett(2009)
- Maurice Taylor(2009-2010)
- Shang Ping(2010-2012)
- Stephon Marbury(2010)
- Leon Rodgers(2010-2011)
- Shawn Taggart(2011)
- Alexander Johnson(2011)
- Marcus Williams(2011-2014)
- Jeremy Tyler(2014-2015)
- Von Wafer(2014-2015)
- Zaid Abbas(2014-2015)
- Dominique Jones(2015)
- Yancy Gates(2015)
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.
- United States Basketball Academy Website
- Shanxi Zhongyu in asia-basket.com Website
- Shanxi Zhongyu in sina.com Website (Chinese)
- Team page on IBL Website