Yao Ming, a Chinese professional basketball player, born on September 12, 1980. He is a player of Houston Rockets of the NBA, and also the tallest player in the NBA with 7 ft 6 inches.
Yao Ming was born in Shanghai, China, and started his Basketball career for the ‘Shanghai Sharks’ at age of nine, and joined into a junior sports school. He played in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) for five years, and gained a ‘title-fight’ in his last year.
Yao Ming Professional Career
Yao Ming left the CBA and joined in the 2002 NBA Draft. The Huston Stacks, (one of the famous NBA teams) selected him in their squad for the first time to take part in NBA. He did not practice in the Houston Rockets’ pre-season base camp, even though he played for China in the 2002 FIBA World Championship.
Yao played for China in the 2000 Summer Olympics, and named as ‘The Walking Great Wall’. He carried the Chinese flag in 2004 Athens Olympics opening ceremony on be half of China. He was injured in 2005-06 NBA season, and took rest for six months, later participated in the 2006 FIBA World Championship. On July 17th, 2008, he resumed his career and played for the Chinese National Team in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
China entered into 2008 Beijing Olympics quarterfinals, and defeated by Lithuania with 26 points, later eliminated from the competition. Yao was the second highest scorer to score 19 points, 8.2 average rebounds, and 1.5 blocks in the 2008 Olympics (basketball event).
Yao Ming married Ye Li, (former Chinese Women's basketball player). He is one of the famous basketball professional players of China. He was the nonstop brand ambassador for several famed companies in China for six years.Yao was co-writer for (his memoirs of) a documentary film ‘A Life in Two Worlds’ with Ric Bucher, ESPN sports analyst.
On Friday 8th, May 2009, Yao Ming fractured his left foot in the Rockets-Lakers Western Conference semifinal match. The Houston Rockets team is expecting him to recover soon. Luckily he didn’t go through any Surgery. Doctors advised him to take rest for the next 8 to 12 months. Yao is doubtful to play in Asia games in August, 2009 later this year.He was also injured before the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Yao Ming said, "I don’t want to go that far, I think about next season and playing in the future. All I can do is the right training, the right rehab, and play the game the best I can and stay with it".
Dr. Tom Clanton, the Huston Rockets team physiotherapist said, "You have to say because of his size, the biomechanics of his foot, the history of what has happened and what he does playing basketball at his size, he is always at risk of something like this happening". "No one else in the world is doing what he is doing. There is a risk. We have to manage that". "He will get through this and be completely fine. I believe he will have a long career and play many, many more years".
Yao Ming said, "Missing the rest of the series (is) frustrating, but you have to be positive". "It’s better than last year".