The anticipation is high as the revamped Chun Yu Bay Area Dragons gear up for an exciting basketball season.
Not only will they be making their return to the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, but they will also compete in Season 2 of the East Asia Super League (EASL). The Dragons will be based in Hong Kong this time, but they will also spend some time in Manila, making their presence felt in both leagues.
Several key players from the previous season are set to return for another tour of duty with the team. Zhu Songwei, Liu Chuanxing, Glen Yang, and veteran Duncan Reid are returning to the court, adding their experience and skills to the roster.
While the Dragons have retained some core members, they have yet to announce the import who will reinforce the team. The groundbreaking professional basketball team, created by EASL to represent Greater China’s talent, is eager to find the perfect addition to elevate their game and compete at the highest level.
The coaching staff will remain intact, led by head coach Brian Goorjian and supported by deputies William Tomlinson and Jimmy Lim. General manager Liu Quansheng, assistant Garrison Guo, and strength and conditioning coach Francesco Berre will also be back, ensuring continuity and stability for the team.
Last season, the Dragons made a strong impression by taking the Barangay Ginebra Kings to a deciding Game 7 in the Commissioner’s Cup finals. The intense battle played before a record crowd of 54,589 at the Philippine Arena showcased the Dragons’ competitive spirit and determination. Although the Kings emerged victorious with a 114-99 win, the Dragons left a lasting impact on the league.
PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial welcomed the challenge Bay Area will bring as a guest team in the opening conference Season 48. Adding a Hong Kong element to the Commissioner’s Cup is set to bring a new dynamic to the competition, exciting fans and players alike.
As the Dragons set up their base in Hong Kong, they will partner with the local Chun Yu Basketball Club and have received recognition from the Hong Kong Basketball Association. This collaboration opens up new opportunities for talent development and basketball promotion in the region.
A fresh new look awaits the Dragons as they enter the new season. The team’s logo and brand have been redesigned, reflecting their renewed spirit and commitment to excellence. Fans can also expect a new uniform design, adding to the excitement and anticipation surrounding the team.
EASL CEO and co-founder Matt Beyer expressed his enthusiasm: “We expect the Dragons to bring Hong Kongers immense excitement, inspiration, and pride. Dragons’ games will be the hottest sports tickets in town.” The Dragons’ entry into the EASL Season 2 promises to elevate the competition and showcase the best of Greater China’s basketball talent.
As the start of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup and EASL Season 2 draws near, basketball fans are eager to witness the Chun Yu Bay Area Dragons’ rebirth and the electrifying action they will bring to the court. With a fresh new look, a talented roster, and a thirst for victory, the Dragons are set to make a substantial impact and leave their mark on both leagues.