|Shanghai Sharks |
|Arena||Yuanshen Sports Centre Stadium|
|Team colors||Blue, Orange, White|
|Head coach||Neven Spahija|
|Ownership||Shanghai Jiushi Group|
|Alternative Chinese name|
The Shanghai Sharks (simplified Chinese :上海哔哩哔哩大鲨鱼; traditional Chinese :上海嗶哩嗶哩大鯊魚; pinyin :Shànghǎi Bīlībīlī Dàshāyú) are a Chinese Basketball Association team based in Shanghai.
It is best known outside China as the club that developed Yao Ming before he entered the National Basketball Association. With Yao on the team, the Sharks made the finals for three seasons in a row (in 1999–2000, 2000–01, and 2001–02), 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.
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.
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|Shanghai Sharks roster|
Updated: September 21, 2020
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