Born in Tianjin in 1916, Li Zhenzhong was infatuated with basketball in his childhood. After graduating from primary school, he dropped out of school because of his poor family. He joined the team of street basketball and completed basketball basic training in the street. When he was older, he was found by basketball players Yao Enhan and Tang Baokun because of his tall stature and flexible mind. Under the guidance of national players, Li Zhenzhong made rapid progress and was selected as one of the five tigers of Lianghua basketball team in Tianjin. In 1934, Li Zhenzhong was selected as the national team and won the runner-up in the 10th Far East Games basketball competition. At that time, he was only 18 years old and completed the transition from street basketball teenager to national team player in six years.
In 1946, Li Zhenzhong began his decades-long career in physical education. They have made outstanding contributions in teaching and training talents. From 1957 to 1959, he assisted Laguna Vichus, a basketball expert from the Soviet Union, in running a basketball postgraduate course at Shanghai Institute of Physical Education, and trained the first batch of postgraduate students in China (25). From 1958 to 1959, in the basketball workshop of Shanghai Amateur Sports University, lectures on the history of basketball development and basketball techniques and tactics analysis were held. In 1979, he served as a tutor for masters degree students and trained seven basketball graduate students successively. Four basketball teachersrefresher courses were held in national sports institutes and departments, and about 150 teachers were trained. We assisted experts in conducting short-term refresher courses for middle school and higher school P.E. teachers in Qingdao Shandong University and Dalian Maritime College, and trained nearly 400 teachers. From 1980 to 1983, he gave lectures at Shanghai Institute of Physical Education, Beijing Teachers College of Physical Education and Central China Normal University. His students are all over the country, many of them are well-known professors, University presidents, directors and so on.
Yao Ming and his mother, Fang Fengdi, a former Chinese womens basketball player, visited Li Zhenzhongs home. Yao Ming said that he had heard the name of Mr. Li Lao as a child, but unfortunately he had no chance to see his style on the court. In the meeting of three generations of Chinese basketball players, Yao Ming kindly called Li Zhenzhong his grandfather.
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In 2015, Shanghai Normal University held a Li Zhenzhong Sports Thought Seminar and Centenary Birthday for Li Zhenzhong. Yao Ming and his wife Ye Li came here to congratulate him and send them congratulations and flowers. On that day, Li Laos disciples all over the world and nearly a hundred people in Shanghai sports circles exchanged the spirit of the elderly, believing that Li Zhenzhong witnessed the development history of Chinese basketball in the past 100 years and promoted the progress of sports education. In the Shiduo earthquake, Taoli Mantian is the best commentary of his life. At the seminar, Mr. Li Lao said: I was born poor, it is basketball that has changed my life, so that I have such a good life, students and friends, I am most grateful to basketball in my life. Li Zhenzhong participated in important events in the history of Chinese sports and basketball. His legendary experience, his noble personality and his theoretical achievements are our precious wealth. His role in promoting cross-strait sports exchanges can not be replaced by others. On February 24, 2017, Li Zhenzhong died in Shanghai at the age of 100. Source: Qiao Yuanlei _NS1098, Responsible Editor of China Basketball Association
On February 24, 2017, Li Zhenzhong died in Shanghai at the age of 100.