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Shanghai Sharks
Shanghai Sharks logo
Founded 1996
League CBA
Arena Luwan Gymnasium
(capacity: 3,000)
Based in Shanghai, People's Republic of China
Team colours blue, red, purple
Owner Yao Ming
Manager Bob Donewald, Jr.
Championships 1 (2001)
Division Titles 1 CBA
Mascot Shark
Team website

The Shanghai Sharks (Chinese: 上海大鲨鱼pinyin: Shànghǎi dàshāyú), are a Chinese Basketball Association team based in Shanghai, China. As a form of corporate sponsorship, there is often an additional name used: for many years they were also known as the Shanghai Dongfang Sharks (上海东方), but now are known as Shanghai Xiyang Sharks (上海西洋).

It is best-known outside China as the club that developed Yao Ming before he entered the NBA.

In the 2004–2005 season, the Shanghai Sharks finished in fifth place in the South Division, out of the playoffs. In 2005–2006, they tied for fifth, just one win away from making the playoffs.

In earlier seasons, they did better: they made the finals three years in a row (in 1999–2000, 2000–2001, 2001–2002), facing the Bayi Rockets each time. They were runners-up the first two years, but won the CBA championship for the first time on their third try, snapping a string of six Bayi Rockets championships in a row. Yao was a key player on the team in those years. Yao has been the starting all-star center for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA), although as of the 2009 offseason his playing future is in question due to a broken foot that has yet to properly heal.

The team faced serious financial issues in the 2008–09 season, and were in danger of not being able to compete in the 2009–10 season due to their shaky finances. On July 16, 2009, Chinese media reported that Yao had stepped in to purchase the team, presumably enabling them to continue in the CBA.[1]


Current Players

Shanghai Sharks roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt.
F 1 United States John Lucas 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 75 kg (165 lb)
G 3 Chinese Taipei Yan Hsing-Su 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 74 kg (163 lb)
C 4 People's Republic of China Dai Botong 2.12 m (6 ft 11 in) 103 kg (227 lb)
G 5 People's Republic of China Meng Lingyuan 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 90 kg (198 lb)
F 6 People's Republic of China Cai Liang 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 85 kg (187 lb)
F 7 People's Republic of China Peng Fei 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 105 kg (231 lb)
G 8 People's Republic of China Liu Wei (C) 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 89.7 kg (198 lb)
F 9 People's Republic of China Zhang Xiaowei 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 90 kg (198 lb)
F 10 People's Republic of China Li Gen 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 110 kg (243 lb)
F 11 People's Republic of China Gu Aoke 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 90 kg (198 lb)
F 12 People's Republic of China Wang Yong 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 95 kg (209 lb)
G 13 People's Republic of China Luo Xudong 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 80 kg (176 lb)
C 21 People's Republic of China Wang Ligang 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 92 kg (203 lb)
F 23 Jordan Zaid Abbas 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 96 kg (212 lb)
F 24 People's Republic of China Tian Yuchen 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 90 kg (198 lb)
C 31 People's Republic of China Wu Yang 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 100 kg (220 lb)
F 32 People's Republic of China Zhang Lei 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 97 kg (214 lb)
C 33 United States Garret Siler 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 130 kg (287 lb)
Head coach
  • United States Bob Donewald Jr.
Assistant coach(es)
  • People's Republic of China Wang Qun
  • People's Republic of China Lu Zhiqiang
  • People's Republic of China Tang Tao

  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Development player
  • (I) Import player
  • (INJ) Injured

Retired number

Notes and references

  1. ^ Reuters (2009-07-16). "Yao buys Shanghai Sharks". Retrieved 2009-07-16.  

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