Life and career
In 1982 he began play for the Shandong Province youth soccer team and in 1986, at the age of 17, was selected to the Chinese national U-19 team. In 1988 Gong competed in a national urban basketball tournament and was chosen as an outstanding player; he was also listed as one of China's top ten basketball players of that year; in 1989 at the age of 20 Gong joined the China national basketball team.
As a member of the national basketball team, Gong competed for China in the , the and in the . In 2002 at the age of 33 he was still playing internationally, representing China in the Asian games and the FIBA world tournament.
As for the Chinese Basketball Association, Gong played center for the Shandong Lions, in the 1997-1998 season winning the league scoring title. He was named to .
As a basketball player Gong Xiao Bin represented his native Shandong Province both as a sports role model and as a player, leading the Shandong men's team at the Chinese National Games, including the at which Shandong Province finished 3rd overall.
Gong retired from play in 2003 and began a new career coaching basketball, for the CBA's Shandong Lions.