Fubon Braves

Fubon Braves Basketball Team
Founded 1983 (1983)
  • Chien-hung Men's Basketball Team (建弘男子籃球隊) (1983–1986)
  • Tsu-chiang Basketball Team (自強籃球隊) (1986–1987)
  • Tera Electronics Basketball Team (新銳/泰瑞電子籃球隊) (1987–1994)
  • Tera Mars (泰瑞戰神) (1994–1997)
  • Kaohsiung Mars (高雄戰神) (1997–1999)
  • Mars Professional Basketball Team (戰神職業籃球隊) (1997–2000)
  • BCC Mars (中廣戰神) (2000–2004)
  • Videoland Hunters (緯來獵人) (2004–2007)
  • Taiwan Mobile Leopards (台灣大雲豹) (2007–2011)
  • Taiwan Mobile Basketball Team (台灣大籃球隊) (2012–2013)
  • Fubon Braves Basketball Team (富邦勇士籃球隊) (2014–)
Head coach Yen Hsing-su
Ownership Fubon Group
Championships 0 in the SBL

The Fubon Braves is a basketball team that joined the Super Basketball League (SBL) in Taiwan in 2014.

The franchise dates back to 1983 when it was originally founded as the Chien-hong Men's Basketball Team (建弘男子籃球隊). Owned subsequently by Hung Min-tai (洪敏泰), owner of Tera Electronics (新銳/泰瑞電子), the team went by the same name as the corporation for a number of years until it joined the professional Chinese Basketball Alliance (CBA) as Tera Mars (泰瑞戰神) in 1994.

As a professional club, the Mars was a powerful competitor to the dominant Yulon Dinos and Hung Kuo Elephants. In the 1998 finals, it posed the strongest challenge the "Hung Kuo dynasty" had ever met when pushing the defending champions to the brink of elimination with a 3:1 advantage in the best-of-seven series – although they eventually let this opportunity for championship slip away. Wang Libin (C), Yen Hsing-su (PG), and the American import Todd Rowe (SF) were the core players on this team; they were led by head coach Chung Chih-Mong (鍾枝萌), the so-called "iron-and-blood coach" due to his aggressive leadership style.

Before the close down of the CBA in 1999, the Mars led the league in wins by a considerable margin in its last regular season that was never finished. It remained a close contender for domestic championship around the turn of the century with a biggest frontcourt lineup Taiwan's amateur Division A conference (甲組聯賽) had ever seen. This roster included Wang Libin (6'8") and Song Tao (6'10").

The team's initial mascot, Mars, was derived from the Roman god of war and had remained in spite of several changes of ownership. It had not only carried the team through the flourish CBA era but also accompanied its members and fans in the midst of the financial turbulence of the late 1990s. Between the ownership by the Kaohsiung-based Hanshin Group (漢神集團) and that by the Broadcasting Corporation of China (BCC), head coach Chung had to seek corporate sponsors on his own while his players spontaneously work without getting paid in order to keep their beloved team alive.

The Mars eventually became history following the takeover by Videoland Television Network in June 2004 when the team was renamed as the Videoland Hunters (緯來獵人). Subsequently, the franchise was sold to Taiwan Mobile, a major mobile communication provider in Taiwan,and named after the company’s as「Taiwan Mobile Basketball Team」. In 2014, the team was transferred to Taiwan Mobile’s sister company in Fubon Group and renamed the Fubon Braves.

Notable members

SBL regular season records



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