CBA 2004-present |
|Based in||Taiyuan, Shanxi, China|
|Arena||Riverside Sports Arena, 5,331 capacity|
red, orange, yellow, white|
|Head coach||23x15px Chus Mateo|
Originally known as the Henan Renhe Dragons (河南仁和) due to corporate sponsorship from Henan Renhe Group (河南仁和集团), they renamed as a result of an agreement signed with Henan Jiyuan Iron & Steel Group Co., Ltd. (河南济源钢铁集团) in early November before the regular season began (jigang is an abbreviation of jiyuan gangtie, or Jiyuan Iron & Steel). In conjunction with this, they moved from their original home city of Zhengzhou to Jiyuan in the middle of their first season. From 2004-2006 they were known as the Henan Jigang Dragons (河南济钢猛龙) or Henan Dragons or Henan Jigang, based in Luoyang and Jiyuan, Henan.
In the 2004 - 2005 season, the Henan Dragons finished in seventh and last place in the North Division, out of the playoffs. In 2005–2006 they suffered exactly the same fate.
In August 2011, the Shanxi Zhongyu played an exhibition game against the Georgetown University Hoyas during the Hoyas' two week trip to China. The Shanxi Zhongyu were defeated 98-81.
Playing in the IBL
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Shanxi Zhongyu roster roster
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 in the 2008/2009 season.
- United States Basketball Academy Website
- Shanxi Zhongyu in asia-basket.com Website
- Shanxi Zhongyu in sina.com Website Invalid language code.
- Team page on IBL Website