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The Shanghai Sharks ( ), are a Chinese Basketball Association team based in Shanghai, Chinamarker. 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 Chinamarker 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.

Current Players

Player Name Jersey # Height Position Born with club since Nationality
Meng Lingyuan 5 6-3 Guard 1989 2007
Cai Liang 6 6-6 Forward 1992 2007
Peng Fei 7 6-8 Forward 1987 2005
Liu Wei 8 6-2 Guard 1980 1997
Li Gen 10 6-5 Forward 1988 2008
Gu Aoke 11 6-5 Forward 1988 2007
Wang Yong 12 6-8 Forward 1984 2002
Luo Yudong 13 6-5 Guard 1983 2000
Wang Ligang 21 6-8 Forward/Center 1985 2000
Dajuan Tate 23 6-5 Guard 1981 2007
Tian Yuchen 24 6-8 Center 1992 2007
Wu Yang 31 6-9 Guard 1988 2007
Zaid Abbas 6-8 Forward 1983 2009

Retired number

Notes and references

External links

  • Official Site
  • (in Chinese)

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