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  TIME Magazine: Asian Heroes - Yao Ming
Once worried that Yao would flub his NBA debut, local newspapers kept coverage of him to a minimum in the beginning of the season lest fans be disappointed; but now Chinese are delighted that their guy has established himself so dominantly.
In the evenings, Yao's mother scavenged extra food from about-to-close stalls to feed her growing child; the ration coupons given to each family were nowhere near enough to feed a boy who was 1.7 meters tall by age nine.
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.
www.time.com /time/asia/2003/heroes/yao_ming.html   (1211 words)

  Yao Ming
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.
Ming's preseason performances, however, were questionable, and left many wondering why he was the 1st pick.
www.ebroadcast.com.au /lookup/encyclopedia/ya/Yao_Ming.html   (858 words)

 JockBio: Yao Ming Biography
Ming was invited to a Nike camp held in Paris in the summer of 1997.
Ming sealed the deal with a dunk on a pretty passing sequence with Francis, who dropped 44 on L.A. The victory was the 23rd of the year for the Rockets, putting them a couple of months ahead of their previous season's pace.
Ming raised his scoring average to 21.4 in a seven-game war with the Mavericks and Erick Dampier, who was now claiming he had no peers in the pivot in the west.
www.jockbio.com /Bios/Yao/YaoMing_bio.html   (5236 words)

 Yao Ming | NBA Basketball | Houston Rockets | Photographs | Pictures | Childhood
When Yao Ming was still in kindergarten, he was so tall that he had to buy an adult ticket to ride the bus in China.
Yao was 18 when he began playing for the Chinese National Team and in 2000 he led the team in rebounds and blocks at the Olympic Games in Australia.
Yao was the starting center in the NBA All Star Game in 2002 and 2003 and has been among the league's leaders in rebounds and blocked shots the past two seasons.
www.kidzworld.com /article/2414-yao-ming-chinese-basketball-star   (360 words)

 Yao Ming - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Yao Ming (Chinese: 姚明; pinyin: Yáo Míng) (born September 12, 1980 in Shanghai, China) is a Chinese professional basketball player and is one of the premiere centers in the National Basketball Association.
Yao played with the Chinese national team at the FIBA World Championships in Indianapolis before the 2002 NBA Draft He made the all-tournament team, after playing against stars such as Dirk Nowitzki, Peja Stojakovic, and Manu Ginobili.
As of December 21, 2006, Yao Ming is averaging 27.0 PPG, 9.80 RPG, and 2.3 BPG.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Yao_Ming   (2600 words)

 Millionaire Yao Ming named model worker
NBA giant Yao Ming was named as a "model worker" in his native China, an annual award given ahead of the May Day festivities.
Yao's nomination as a "model and advanced worker" was approved by the State Council, China's cabinet, an official at Shanghai worker's union told Xinhua state news agency.
Yao, a seven-foot-six inch (2.26 meter) three-time NBA All Star, is in his third year with the Houston Rockets and is averaging over 18 points and eight rebounds a game.
www.chinadaily.com.cn /english/doc/2005-04/28/content_438153.htm   (381 words)

 Yao Ming - Asian Male Modeling, Man Fashion & Fitness Blog - Asianhunk.NET
Yao Ming (Chinese: 姚明; Pinyin: Yáo Míng) born September 12, 1980 in Shanghai, China) is a Chinese professional basketball player and considered as one of the most dominant centers.
Many basketball fans have criticized Yao’s All-Star selections, claiming that he could not be voted in as a starter without the substantial number of votes he receives from his native China, as the NBA had extended its online fan voting for the All-Star starters to that country for the first time in 2002–03.
Yao finished the season averaging 13.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per game, second among rookies, in addition to a rookie-class best 1.8 blocks per game, and finishing 2nd in rookie of the year voting, losing out to high schooler Amare Stoudemire of the Phoenix Suns.
www.asianhunk.net /yao-ming   (2591 words)

 Yao: China's gift to basketball | csmonitor.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
Yao Ming, born in 1980, is definitely the main character.
Yao - who was required to play basketball whether he wanted to or not - received special treatment from growth experts from birth, and the treatments seem to have succeeded beyond anybody's imagination.
Yao is quite likely to remain the center of attention in the United States, China and other nations for at least a decade to come.
www.csmonitor.com /2006/0103/p13s02-bogn.html   (816 words)

 Yao Ming Biography
Yao Ming (姚明 pinyin:Y?o M?ng born September 12 1980 in Shanghai China) is a popular basketball player.
Yao was draft eligible in 2002 with international players being eligible if they were 22 at the start of the NBA season.
Yao had still proved to be very productive and his first year was still a qualified success.
www.ebiog.com /biography/5349/yao-ming/bio.htm   (857 words)

 ESPN.com - 2002 NBA Draft: Yao Ming Draft Bio
In the 2001-02 CBA (China Basketball Association) season, Yao led the league in blocked shots (4.8 bpg), and ranked second in scoring (32.4 ppg) and rebounding (19 rpg).
Yao was even more dominant in the championship series, where he led the Sharks to a three-games-to-one victory over the Bayi Rockets, earning Shanghais first CBA championship.
Yao became the dominant player in the CBA as a 20-year-old during the 2000-2001 CBA season.
sports.espn.go.com /nbadraft/tracker/player?playerId=18333   (1001 words)

 ESPNMAG.com - Who is Yao Ming?
Yao's lack of reach and awful timing on his leap allowed Christoffersen to face up and shoot and let Cordell, at 5'10", nearly get his shot off from the paint.
Yao, however, has had no weight training of any kind and his parents, both ex-Chinese national hoopsters, both asked if he’d have that available to him in the NBA.
Yao has done squats on his own, but his routine actually reduced his vertical leap by four inches, which is easily correctable.
espn.go.com /magazine/bucher_20020520.html   (1012 words)

 Yao Ming tells NBA prospect Yi to "toughen up" - Boston.com
Houston Rockets center Yao Ming advised China's brightest NBA prospect Yi Jianlian to get tough on court but remain placid off it to survive in the world's most competitive basketball league, local media reported on Friday.
Houston Rockets center Yao Ming applauds his teammates from the bench during first quarter of heir NBA basketball game against the Trail Blazers in Portland, Oregon April 11, 2007.
Ming advised China's brightest NBA prospect Yi Jianlian to get tough on court but remain placid off it to survive in the world's most competitive basketball league, local media reported on Friday.
www.boston.com /sports/basketball/articles/2007/04/13/yao_ming_tells_nba_prospect_yi_to_toughen_up   (380 words)

 AsianWeek.com: Sports: Houston Would Be Perfect Fit For Yao Ming   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
Yao Ming is slated to become one of the first few selections in the upcoming NBA Draft in New York City.
Ming is coveted for his athleticism and shooting touch, which are unique qualities for a player over 7 feet tall.
Ming needs this patience too, and it appears the Rockets are able to extend that fatherly love to him.
www.asianweek.com /2002_05_31/sports_yao.html   (918 words)

 Excerpt from Operation Yao Ming By Brook Larmer
Yao, an active player who was two years her junior, was an agreeable man whose ready smile and love of a good quip contrasted sharply with Da Fang's grim demeanor.
Yao may have been an adult with an $18 million contract, but he lived under his mother's thumb; early on he even had to ask her for an allowance.
Yao Ming has come a long way, but it is Da Fang, surely, who has made the greatest leap of all.
www.ranchosocialstudies.org /ibaffairs/YaoMing.htm   (7621 words)

 ESPNMAG.com - Next Athlete: Yao Ming
Slowly, Yao began to hold his ground, and the Sharks ascended to fourth in the standings, then second, finishing behind the perennial champion, the Red Army team that was sparked by Wang Zhi-Zhi, the seven-footer the Mavericks desired.
Yao's folks have good jobs -- his dad with harbor engineering management and his mom with a local sports institute -- and they do not want to leave their life in China.
Yao Ming, on the other hand, was born in a city that desires to be a player on the world stage.
espn.go.com /magazine/vol3no26ming.html   (3330 words)

Yao reacts to an offensive foul called against him in the fourth quarter Thursday night in a disappointing 94-82 loss in Utah.
Yao was still in his basketball shorts with his shirt off, and his legs were extended out in front of him.
Yao was so out of position trying to contest the shot of a Utah guard (Deron Williams I think) on the perimter, T-Mac slapped his back after the play to let him know he shouldn’t take himself that far away from the basket, and should have been in better position.
www.yaomingmania.com   (2594 words)

 CNN.com - China's Yao Ming suing Coca-Cola - May. 27, 2003
Chinese basketball player Yao Ming is suing Coca-Cola for about 12 cents, accusing the world's largest soft-drink firm of using his image improperly, CNN confirmed Tuesday.
Yao, who plays center for the Houston Rockets and is a spokesman for PepsiCo Inc,.demanded the immediate recall of all Coca-Cola products and promotional materials bearing his image and name, the China Business Weekly reported.
"Yao Ming isn't alone in the photo and he is with his national team-mates Bateer and Guo," Wang told Xinhua.
cnn.com /2003/BUSINESS/05/27/china.yaoming   (388 words)

 Houston's Yao Ming emerging as league's top center - USATODAY.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
Yao recovered ahead of schedule and returned to China to rejoin his national team for the World Basketball Championships.
Yao had a toenail surgically removed before this season, but he was ready for Houston's home opener against Dallas.
Yao said his improvement is largely due to how well he's learned the language and adapted to American life.
www.usatoday.com /sports/basketball/nba/rockets/2006-12-16-yao-ming_x.htm?csp=34   (1374 words)

 Yao Ming, China ...player profiles by Interbasket
Yao Ming had one of the most exciting rookie years in NBA history.
Yao Ming was voted the 2006 Interbasket Asian/Middle East/Oceania Player of the Year as well as a member of the 2006 Interbasket All-World First Team along with Dirk Nowitzki, Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, and Pau Gasol
Yao was called for a foul trying to block Robert Horry's dunk attempt with 33.6 seconds remaining, and the two free throws made it a two-point game.
www.interbasket.net /players/yaoming.htm   (1157 words)

 Pro Sports Daily: Yao Ming News
Houston Chronicle: "While Yao Ming begins the first steps in his recuperation from surgery on a broken bone in his left foot, the Rockets could be faced with trying to mend a suddenly anxious relationship with basketball officials and fans in China."
Houston Chronicle: "With Yao Ming, the bright spot in the darkness of the Rockets' dreary year, sidelined and to undergo surgery on his broken left foot, the team could find solace only in the fact this long, injury-riddled season is not expected to bleed into the next one."
Yao's success against the Mavericks may be the strongest counterpoint to Houston coach Jeff Van Gundy's conspiracy theories.
www.prosportsdaily.com /players/yao-ming.html   (3921 words)

 ClutchFans - Yao Ming
No doubt about it, Yao Ming is the talk, the rage and the x-factor of the 2002 NBA Draft.
He is the biggest mystery of the draft, but no doubt, Ming, at 7-foot-5 and with the shooting range of a guard, is a fascinating prospect.
If the Rockets do feel Ming is the risk worth taking, he will no doubt have a huge impact on the Rockets, affecting the game of every single Rocket player.
www.clutchcity.net /draft_profile.cfm?Player=58   (393 words)

 Yao Ming NBA Player
Ming is the only child of Fengdi Fang and Yao Zhiyuan.
Ming moves very smoothly on the court and has good quickness.
Though Yao has good quickness at 7-5 but he will take time to adjust to the quickness of the NBA.
www.angelfire.com /yt3/yaoming00k   (234 words)

 Wow! Yao!
Yao's star power will never be more evident than on Oct. 14 and 17, when he returns to China to play for the Rockets in two NBA preseason games against the Sacramento Kings in Shanghai and Beijing.
Yao's four-year contract with the Rockets is worth $18 million, and he earns an estimated $15 million a year in longer-term deals with top-tier brands Pepsi (PEP), Reebok (RBK), Gatorade, and McDonald's (MCD).
Yao has endeared himself to America, too, ever since starring in a self-deprecating way in two memorable TV commercials: one for the Apple (AAPL) G4 Powerbook with the 2-ft.-8-in.
www.businessweek.com /magazine/content/04_43/b3905010.htm   (2721 words)

 Amazon.com: Operation Yao Ming: The Chinese Sports Empire, American Big Business, and the Making of an NBA Superstar: ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
Thus in 1980, Yao was born to the tallest couple in China, the result of matchmaking that carried with it the dark shadow of eugenics.
Yao's story is so controlled that when he finally overcomes his initial clumsiness and starts rebelling against his government at book's end, it's hard not to feel empathy for the gentle giant.
Operation Yao Ming opens with the story of the two boys’ parents, basketball players brought together by Chinese officials intent on creating a generation of athletes who could bring glory to their resurgent motherland.
www.amazon.com /Operation-Yao-Ming-American-Superstar/dp/1592400787   (2274 words)

 Yao Ming - Endangered Species - New York Times
Yao said in an e-mail message Friday afternoon, from Guangzhou, where he was preparing for a game.
Yao, who plays for the Houston Rockets, was doing the right thing, but they’d still love to try one of the world’s most expensive soups.
Yao Ming does have an unlikely ally: a group of shark fin soup chefs.
www.nytimes.com /2006/08/13/weekinreview/13barboza.html?ex=1313121600&en=bf6258aaa5656f52&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss   (1130 words)

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