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Encyclopedia > Yao Ming
Yao Ming
姚明
Position Center
Nickname The Ming Dynasty, The Great Wall of Yao, Chairman Yao
League NBA
Height 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m)
Weight 310 lb (141 kg)
Team Houston Rockets
Nationality China
Born September 12, 1980 (1980-09-12) (age 26)
Shanghai, China
Draft 1st overall, 2002
Houston Rockets
Pro career 1997–present
Former teams Shanghai Sharks (1997-2002)
Awards Five-time NBA All-Star
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Yao (姚).

Yao Ming (Chinese: 姚明; Pinyin: Yáo Míng) (born September 12, 1980, in Shanghai, China) is a Chinese professional basketball player and is arguably the best center in the National Basketball Association (NBA) today. He is also among the tallest of players in the NBA standing at a height of 7'6". He is the only son of his father Yao Zhiyuan and Fang Fengdi. He played for the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) for five years, and now plays center for the Houston Rockets in the NBA. He was selected by Houston as the 1st overall pick of the 2002 NBA Draft and signed with them on October 21, 2002. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... is the 255th day of the year (256th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Shanghai (Chinese: ; pinyin:  ; Wu (Long-short): ZÃ¥nhae; Shanghainese (IPA): ), situated on the banks of the Yangtze River Delta in East China, is the largest city of the Peoples Republic of China and the seventh largest in the world. ... 2002 NBA Draft - 26 June 2002– New York City, New York // * Note: The Minnesota Timberwolves forfeited their first-round pick due to salary cap violations. ... The Shanghai Sharks (Chinese: 上海大鲨鱼; Hanyu Pinyin: ), are a Chinese Basketball Association team based in Shanghai, China. ... The National Basketball Association staged its first All-Star Game in the Boston Garden on March 2, 1951. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A Chinese surname, family name (Chinese: ; pinyin: ) or clan name (氏; pinyin: shì), is one of the hundreds or thousands of family names that have been historically used by Han Chinese and Sinicized Chinese ethnic groups in mainland China, Taiwan, and among overseas Chinese communities. ... Yao can refer to: The name of the demiurge in Gnostic scripture. ... Hanyu Pinyin (Simplified Chinese: ; Traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: ), commonly called Pinyin, is the most common variant of Standard Mandarin romanization system in use. ... is the 255th day of the year (256th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Shanghai (Chinese: ; pinyin:  ; Wu (Long-short): ZÃ¥nhae; Shanghainese (IPA): ), situated on the banks of the Yangtze River Delta in East China, is the largest city of the Peoples Republic of China and the seventh largest in the world. ... Basketball is a team sport in which two teams of five active players each try to score points against one another by throwing a ball through a 10-foot high hoop (the basket) under organized rules. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... “NBA” redirects here. ... The Shanghai Sharks (Chinese: 上海大鲨鱼; Hanyu Pinyin: ), are a Chinese Basketball Association team based in Shanghai, China. ... The Chinese Basketball Association (CBA; Chinese 中国男子篮球职业联赛) is the premier professional basketball league in the Peoples Republic of China. ... The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... 2002 NBA Draft - 26 June 2002– New York City, New York // * Note: The Minnesota Timberwolves forfeited their first-round pick due to salary cap violations. ... is the 294th day of the year (295th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ...

Contents

Career in China

Early life and pre-CBA career

Yao was born to his 6’7” (2.01 meter) tall father Yao Zhiyuan, and his 6'2" (1.88 m) mother Fang Fengdi, who was the captain of the women’s national team that won the first Asian Championship in 1976.[1] He was born with the weight of 11 pounds, twice the average size in China, and was 5’5” by age ten,[1] and 6’6” (2 meters) by the time he was thirteen.[2] He developed a sickness at age seven that resulted in him losing his hearing in his left ear.[1]


He first started playing basketball when he was age nine,[1] and he went to the junior sports school at the same age.[1] When he was examined at age ten he was predicted to grow to the height of 7’3”.[1] The Sharks invited him to try out for their junior team when he was thirteen, where he had to practice for 10 hours a day to make the team.[1] He first dunked at age fifteen,[1] and he made the senior team of the Sharks when he was seventeen.[1]


Yao Ming first went overseas to go to a 1997 Nike camp in Paris, and then went to America the next year to play on an Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) team called High Five.[3] Year 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar). ... Nike, Inc. ... City flag City coat of arms Motto: Fluctuat nec mergitur (Latin: Tossed by the waves, she does not sink) The Eiffel Tower in Paris, as seen from the esplanade du Trocadéro. ... - The Amateur Athletic Union, widely known as the AAU, was formed in United States. ...


Career with the Sharks

Yao was prevented from going to the senior Sharks team because he broke his foot while on the junior team. [3] When he joined the team a year later, he averaged 10 points and 8 rebounds a game in his rookie season. The next year, he broke his foot again, which Yao says decreased his jumping ability by 4 to 6 inches.[4] The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ...


The Sharks made the finals of the CBA in Yao Ming’s third season and again the next year, but lost both times to the Bayi Rockets. When Wang Zhizhi left for the NBA the following year, the Sharks finally won their first championship. During the playoffs in his final year, Yao Ming averaged 38.9 points and 20.2 rebounds a game, while shooting 76.6% from the field,[5] and made all 21 of his shots during one game in the finals.[6] In the 2000 all-star game, played in Chengdu, the Blue team beat the Red team 105-99. ... In the 2000-01 season, 12 teams played 22 games each. ... Bayi Shuanglu Rockets (八一双鹿电池火箭) or Bayi Rockets or Bayi Army Rockets or Bayi Shuanglu are a basketball team in the South Division of the Chinese Basketball Association, based in Ningbo, Zhejiang. ... Wang Zhizhi (Chinese: ; pinyin: Wáng Zhìzhì), born July 8, 1977 in Beijing, China) is a professional basketball player formerly in the National Basketball Association. ... In the 2001–2002 season, the Taiwanese team Sina Lions joined the CBA. Another team that made its debut in this season was the Shaanxi Gaitianli. ...


Yao Ming was initially pressured to enter the NBA draft in 1999 by Li Yaomin, the deputy general manager of the Shanghai Sharks.[7] Li also pressured Yao into signing a contract with Evergreen Sports Inc., which stated that Yao would have to give Evergreen 33% of his earnings.[7] However, Yao quickly terminated the contract after it was determined invalid.[1] Despite the pressure of entering the draft, becoming an NBA player had always been Yao's dream.[8] When Yao Ming decided to enter the 2002 NBA draft, a team of advisors was formed that was collectively dubbed “Team Yao”.[1] The team consisted of Yao’s negotiator, Erik Zhang, his NBA agent, Bill Duffy, his Chinese agent, Lu Hao, a professor at the University of Chicago, John Huizinga, and Bill Sanders, the vice president for marketing at BDA Sports Management, the company that Duffy started.[9] After Yao's intentions were announced, scouting reports began raving about his shot-blocking, passing, and agility. Some even said that his upside was so tremendous that being selected first overall was virtually guaranteed.[8] Another draft profile called him "the best and most dominant player in China."[10] However, some teams were concerned about Yao's NBA eligibility due to uncertainty over whether the Chinese Basketball Association would let Yao play in the United States, or keep him for lesser-known tournaments in China.[11] One week prior to the draft, the Shanghai Sharks, Yao's former team, worked out a deal with the NBA, stating that they would let Yao play in the U.S. as long as he was drafted by a team that could contend in 2-3 years.[12] On draft night, the Rockets picked Yao, who became the first player without any American basketball experience to be selected first overall.[13] 1999 NBA Draft - 30 June 1999 - MCI Center in Washington, D.C. The 1999 NBA Draft class was a solid one, with nine of the top-10 picks (all except Jonathan Bender, forced into retirement by injuries) rising to prominence in the NBA. Corey Maggette, Ron Artest, Andrei Kirilenko and... The University of Chicago is a private university located principally in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. ...


NBA career

2002-03 season

Yao Ming’s first meeting with Shaquille O'Neal garnered large media attention over the fact that O’Neal had previously said "Tell Yao Ming, ching-chong-yang-wah-ah-soh", which many considered racist.[14][15] In the game, Yao Ming scored six points and blocked O’Neal twice in the opening minutes, as well as having the game-winning dunk with 10 seconds left in overtime.[16] However, Yao finished with only 10 points and 10 rebounds compared to O’Neal’s 31 points and 13 rebounds. Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (pronounced shak-keel) (born March 6, 1972 in Newark, New Jersey), frequently referred to simply as Shaq, is an American professional basketball player, generally regarded as one of the most dominant in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...


Yao Ming ended the season by being voted the Sporting News Rookie of the Year and being a unanimous NBA All-Rookie First Team selection. [17] Yao lost the NBA Rookie of the Year Award to Amare Stoudemire, Yao came in second. The Sporting News (TSN) is an American-based sports newspaper, currently affiliated with the Fox network. ... The National Basketball Associations Rookie of the Year Award, first given after the 1952-53 NBA season, is given to the top first-year player in the league. ... Amare Carsares Stoudemire (born November 16, 1982 in Lake Wales, Florida) is an American All-Star professional basketball player for the NBAs Phoenix Suns and the USA National Team. ...


2003-04 season

Before the start of Yao's sophomore season, the Rockets' head coach Rudy Tomjanovich had resigned due to health issues,[18] and long time New York Knicks head coach Jeff Van Gundy was brought in. After Van Gundy focused the offense on Yao, [19] averaged career highs in points and rebounds a game, and had a career-high 41 points and 7 assists in a triple-overtime win against the Atlanta Hawks in February 2004.[20] He was also voted to be the starting center in the 2004 NBA All-Star Game for the second straight year. He played in the playoffs for the first time, as the Rockets claimed the seventh seed in the Western Conference. However, eventual NBA finalists Lakers eliminated Houston in the first round, as the Rockets only won one game. Rudy Tomjanovich Rudolph Tomjanovich (born November 24, 1948 in Hamtramck, Michigan), nicknamed Rudy T., is best known as a basketball player and coach. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Jeff Van Gundy (born January 19, 1962 in Hemet, California) is an American basketball head coach, currently for the National Basketball Associations Houston Rockets. ... The Atlanta Hawks are an American professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... The 2004 NBA All-Star Game was played February 15, 2004 at the Staples Center, home of the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles, CA. Attendance: 19,662 Officials: #29 Steve Javie, #37 Blane Reichelt, #49 Tom Washington Time of Game: 2:32 Western Conference 136 to Eastern Conference 132 MVP... The 2004 NBA Playoffs was the postseason of the National Basketball Associations 2003-2004 season. ... The Western Conference of the National Basketball Association is made up of fifteen teams, and organized in three divisions of five teams each. ...


2004-05 season

Before the start of Yao Ming’s third season, the Rockets acquired Tracy McGrady in a seven-player trade, which also sent Steve Francis and Cuttino Mobley to Orlando.[21] He was once again voted as the starting center for the Western Conference in the 2005 NBA All-Star Game, after shattering the record for most All-Star votes with 2,558,278, breaking Michael Jordan's previous record.[22] The Rockets made the playoffs for the second consecutive year, but lost to the Dallas Mavericks in seven games. Steve DShawn Francis (born February 21, 1977 in Takoma Park, Maryland, U.S.) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the NBA. He is nicknamed Stevie Franchise and self-described as Steve-O, with his on-court and off-court antics generating considerable controversy throughout... Cuttino Rashawn Mobley (born September 1, 1975 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American professional basketball player in the NBA who currently plays for the Los Angeles Clippers. ... 2005 NBA All-Star Game Logo, based on the logo of the Denver Nuggets The 2005 NBA All-Star Game was a major basketball game played on February 20, 2005 in the Pepsi Center home of Denver Nuggets featuring the best players in the National Basketball Association as selected by... For other persons named Michael Jordan, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation). ... The Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs) are an NBA basketball team based in Dallas, Texas. ...


In 2005, Yao became the subject of a documentary film, The Year of the Yao, which focuses on his NBA rookie year and his first year living in the United States, his parents and his interpreter Colin Pine.[23] Documentary film is a broad category of visual expression that is based on the attempt, in one fashion or another, to document reality. ... Promotional poster for The Year of the Yao The Year of the Yao is a 2004 documentary film telling the first year of basketball player Yao Ming in the United States. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ...


2005-06 season

Yao had missed only two games in three years up till 2005,[24] but twenty-two games into his fourth season Yao was forced onto the inactive list for an extended period for the first time in his career due to an acute case of osteomyelitis in the big toe on his left foot.[25] On December 18, 2005, with the rest of the team staying in Los Angeles to play the Lakers, Yao returned to Houston to have surgery performed on the toe.[26] He was placed on the inactive list and missed a total of 21 games, returning to the lineup on January 30 against the Memphis Grizzlies.[17] Osteomyelitis is an infection of bone, usually caused by pyogenic bacteria or mycobacteria. ...


In the 25 games after the All-Star break, Yao averaged 25.7 points and 11.6 rebounds per game, while shooting 53.7% from the field and 87.8% at the free throw line. His final averages in 57 games were 22.3 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. This was the first time that Yao had ended the season with a "20/10" average.


However, before the season ended, he suffered another major injury in a game against the Utah Jazz on April 10, 2006 - an accidental collision with opposing center Mehmet Okur left him with a broken bone in his left foot. The injury required fully 6 months of rest.[27] Mehmet Okur (born May 26, 1979 in Yalova, Turkey) is a Turkish professional basketball player who currently plays for the Utah Jazz of the NBA. He is married to former Miss Turkey and model Yeliz Caliskan, and they have a daughter, Melisa, born on March 21, 2007. ...


In the 2006 NBA All-Star game balloting, Yao again led all NBA players with 2,342,738 votes, and therefore started for the fourth straight time of his career.[27]


2006-07 season

On December 23, Yao fractured his right tibia. At that point he was leading the team with 26.8 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game.[28] Before his injury, he had been mentioned as an MVP candidate.[29]Yao missed the All-Star game due to his injury.[30]He was medically cleared to play on March 4.[31] December 23 is the 357th day of the year (358th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 63rd day of the year (64th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


The Rockets made the playoffs for the first time since 2005, playing with home court advantage against the Utah Jazz in the first round. However, although Yao averaged 25.1 points, after winning the first two games, the Rockets lost four of five games, and were eliminated in Game 7 at home. After the series, Yao said “I didn't do my job”. During the offseason Yao has worked with Hakeem Olajuwon[32] The Utah Jazz is a professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. ... Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (born Akeem Abdul Olajuwon on January 21, 1963) is a retired Nigerian-American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...


After being selected to the All-NBA third team twice, Yao was selected to the All-NBA second team for the first time in his career.[33] The Associated Press All-NBA Team, also known simply as the All-NBA Team, is an annual honor bestowed on the best players in the league following every NBA season. ...


International career

2004 Olympics

During the 2004 Athens Olympics, Yao carried the Chinese flag during the opening ceremony, which he said was a “long dream come true”.[34] He then vowed to abstain from shaving his beard for half a year unless the Chinese national basketball team made it into the quarter-finals.[35] After Yao Ming scored 39 points in a win against New Zealand, China lost 58–83, 57–82, and 52–89 against Spain, Argentina and Italy respectively. But in the final group game, a 67–66 win over reigning world champions Serbia and Montenegro moved them into the quarterfinals. Yao scored 27 points and had 13 rebounds, and hit two free throws with 28 seconds left that proved to be the winning margin.[36] He was selected to the All-Olympics team with his performance, averaging 20.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game while shooting 55.9% from the field).[37] (Redirected from 2004 Athens Olympics) The Games of the XXVIII Olympiad, commonly known as the 2004 Summer Olympics were the 28th Summer Olympic Games. ... This is a list of current and historical flags used in the geographic area of China. ... Part of the ceremony of the Changing of the Guard in Whitehall, London. ...


2006 World Championships

Yao’s injury at the end of the 2005-06 NBA season required fully six months of rest, which left some in doubt as to whether Yao would play in the 2006 FIBA World Championship.[38] However, he recovered before the start of the tournament, and he carried the Chinese national team to the knockout stage of the World Championships, but was then defeated by Greece in the first knockout round. Official logo The winner, Spain, is being celebrated The 2006 FIBA World Championship was an international basketball competition hosted by Japan from August 19 to September 3, 2006. ... The China national basketball team are the basketball side who represent the Peoples Republic of China in international competitions. ...


Yao Ming averaged 25.3 points, the most in the tournaments, and nine rebounds a game, which was fourth overall.[39]


Off the court

Yao Ming is married to Ye Li, a Chinese women's basketball player, whom he met when he was seventeen.[1] Ye first rejected Yao, but finally accepted him after he gave her team pins from the 2000 Olympics.[1] The Chinese media reported on June 25, 2007 that Yao Ming would marry Ye Li in August in a private ceremony in Shanghai. [40]The wedding was set on August 5, laying to rest weeks of media speculation about the national hero's wedding date. Yao settled on an exclusive guest list that did not include any Chinese basketball officials, teammates or coaches.[41] Yao Married Ye on August 6, 2007.[42] Ye Li (Chinese: 叶莉; Pinyin: Yè Lì; born November 20, 1981) is a Chinese professional basketball player who had played for the Chinese national womens team. ... The 2000 Summer Olympics or the Millennium Games/Games of the New Millennium, officially known as the Games of the XXVII Olympiad, were the Summer Olympic Games held in 2000 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. ... is the 176th day of the year (177th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 217th day of the year (218th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 218th day of the year (219th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Yao has participated in several charity events during his career. During the NBA's offseason in 2003, Yao hosted a telethon, which raised $300,000 to help stop the spread of SARS.[43] In 2006, Yao Ming promised never to eat shark fin soup again, in order to raise awareness of wildlife protection.[44] He has also participated in the NBA's Basketball Without Borders program.[45] Severe acute respiratory syndrome or SARS is a respiratory disease in humans which is caused by the SARS coronavirus. ... Shark fin soup A dried shark fin prepared for cooking Shark fins and other shark parts for sale in a Chinese pharmacy Shark fin soup (Chinese: 魚翅; Jyutping: jyu4 ci3, Mandarin: (Pinyin) Yú Chì / (Wade-Giles) Yü Chih4 ) is a Chinese delicacy commonly served as part of a Chinese feast...


Yao Ming has several sponsorship deals, including McDonald’s,[46] Pepsi,[47] Visa,[48] Apple,[49] Reebok,[50]and Garmin.[51] McDonalds Corporation (NYSE: MCD) is the worlds largest chain of fast-food restaurants. ... Pepsi Cola, is a soft drink produced and manufactured by PepsiCo. ... VISA redirects here. ... Apple Inc. ... Reebok International Limited is an English producer of athletic footwear, apparel, and accessories and is currently a subsidiary of Adidas AG. The name is the Afrikaans/Dutch spelling of rhebok, a type of African antelope or gazelle. ... Garmin Ltd. ...


Career statistics

CBA statistics

Regular season Team GP RPG APG FG% FT% PPG
1997-98 Shanghai 21 8.3 1.3 .615 .485 10.0
1998-99 Shanghai 12 12.9 1.7 .585 .699 20.9
1999-00 Shanghai 33 14.5 1.7 .585 .683 21.2
2000-01 Shanghai 22 19.4 2.2 .679 .799 27.1
2001-02 Shanghai 24 19.0 1.9 .721 .759 32.4
Career totals 122 15.4 1.8 .651 .723 23.4

The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... In the 1998-1999 season, 3 teams were promoted from the B league and made their CBA debut: Beijing Aoshen Olympians, Sichuan Lanjian, and Jilin Northeast Tigers. ... In the 2000 all-star game, played in Chengdu, the Blue team beat the Red team 105-99. ... In the 2000-01 season, 12 teams played 22 games each. ... In the 2001–2002 season, the Taiwanese team Sina Lions joined the CBA. Another team that made its debut in this season was the Shaanxi Gaitianli. ...

NBA statistics

Regular season Team GP MPG SPG BPG RPG APG FG% FT% PPG
2002-03 Houston 82 29.0 0.4 1.8 8.2 1.7 .498 .811 13.5
2003-04 Houston 82 32.8 0.3 1.9 9.0 1.5 .522 .809 17.5
2004-05 Houston 80 30.6 0.4 2.0 8.4 0.8 .552 .783 18.3
2005-06 Houston 57 34.2 0.5 1.6 10.2 1.5 .519 .853 22.3
2006-07 Houston 48 33.8 0.4 2.0 9.4 2.0 .516 .862 25.0
Career totals 349 31.8 0.4 1.8 8.9 1.4 .523 .822 18.5
Playoffs Team GP MPG SPG BPG RPG APG FG% FT% PPG
2004 Houston 5 37.0 0.4 1.4 7.4 1.8 .456 .765 15.0
2005 Houston 7 31.4 0.3 2.7 7.7 0.7 .655 .727 21.4
2007 Houston 7 37.1 0.1 0.7 10.3 0.9 .440 .880 25.1
Career totals 19 35.0 0.3 1.6 8.6 1.1 .509 .810 21.1

The 2002-03 NBA season is the 57th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 2003-04 NBA season is the 58th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 2004-05 NBA season was the 59th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The 2005-06 NBA season was the 60th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 2006-07 NBA season was the 61st season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 2004 NBA Playoffs was the postseason of the National Basketball Associations 2003-2004 season. ... The 2005 NBA Playoffs was the postseason of the National Basketball Associations 2004-2005 season. ... The 2007 NBA Playoffs was the postseason to the National Basketball Associations 2006-2007 season. ...

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Preceded by
Kwame Brown
NBA first overall draft pick
2002 NBA Draft
Succeeded by
LeBron James
Preceded by
Juan Pablo Montoya
Laureus World Newcomer of the Year
2003
Succeeded by
Michelle Wie

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Off the court, Yao is adjusting quickly to life in America, although a teammate's suggestion that they hit the strip bars proved too much for a sheltered boy who has lived his whole life either in a dormitory or with his parents.
Yao Ming (858 words)
Yao Ming (姚明), (born September 12, 1980) in China, is a popular and talented basketball player.
Yao was draft eligible in 2002, with international players being eligible if they were 22 at the start of the NBA season.
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