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Shanghai Sharks

Shanghai Sharks
Shanghai Sharks logo
Leagues CBA
Founded 1996
History Shanghai Sharks
Arena Pudong Yuanshen Gymnasium (5,000 capacity)[1]
Location Shanghai, People's Republic of China
Team colors Blue, Orange, White
President Yao Ming
Head coach Wang Yong
Championships 1
Website Official Site
Home jersey
Team colours
Away jersey
Team colours
Shanghai Sharks
Traditional Chinese 上海大鯊魚
Simplified Chinese 上海大鲨鱼
Alternative Chinese name
Chinese 上海西洋

The Shanghai Sharks (Chinese: 上海大鲨鱼; pinyin: Shànghǎi dàshāyú), are a Chinese Basketball Association team based in Shanghai, China.

It is best known outside China as the club that developed Yao Ming before he entered the National Basketball Association. With the "Moving Great Wall" on the team, the Sharks 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.

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.[2]


  • Roster 1
  • Honours 2
  • Notes and references 3
  • External links 4


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


Playoffs Champions (1): 2001/02
Playoffs Runners-up (2): 1999/2000, 2000/01
Regular Season Champions (1): 2001/02
Regular Season Runners-up (1): 2000/01
Regular Season 3rd Places (1): 1999/2000

Notes and references

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

External links

  • Official Site (in Chinese)
  • (in Chinese)
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