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  1. Video: Yao Ming may be worse at golf than Charles Barkely

    Oct 24, 2012, 2:34 PM EDT

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    Who is the worst retired NBA star turned golfer? For years Charles Barkley was the runaway winner in this category, but now he has some competition. Yao Ming played in a celebrity golf tournament in China and… he’s not good. Not that you really expect him to be — when you are 7’6″ there are…

  2. Yao Ming says Jeremy Lin could change Chinese basketball

    Feb 23, 2012, 9:51 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v New York Knicks

    It’s been one of the most commonly asked questions about Jeremy Lin — how did he slip through the cracks of the system This is a guy who was one of the most dominant high school players in the Bay Area but couldn’t get a major college scholarship offer and went to Harvard. After four…

  3. Chase Budinger dunks over Yao Ming (well, a cut out of him)

    Feb 22, 2012, 6:27 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Clearly this is a staged video, with the Rockets’ Chandler Parsons “talking to the media” while Chase Budinger just happens to do a dunk over a cardboard cutout of Yao Ming in the background. Coincidentally. Still, pretty cool. And this is why I hold out some hope for this year’s All-Star Dunk Contest — Budinger…

  4. What to serve with Thanksgiving dinner? Yao Ming wine.

    Nov 24, 2011, 6:33 PM EDT

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    It’s always one of the tricky questions surrounding Thanksgiving dinner — what wine goes best with this feast? Traditionally you think white wine with fowl, but who wants some overly oaky California Chardonnay to go between mouthfuls of stuffing and sweet potatoes? I usually lean toward a nice Pinot Noir, but those can be so…

  5. Video poem: First draft of Yao Ming’s retirement speech

    Sep 21, 2011, 11:56 AM EDT

    Former NBA player Yao attends a business event in Shanghai

    Did we ever know the real Yao Ming? The Yao I saw who with teammates and was came off as thoughtful in his talks with media, it was easy to like him, but he was really a mystery to a lot of fans. When he retired the discussion was more about marketing and global impact…

  6. Yao Ming says to put his Hall of Fame nod on hold

    Sep 1, 2011, 10:43 AM EDT

    Former NBA player Yao attends a business event in Shanghai

    Eventually, Yao Ming will be welcomed into the basketball Hall of Fame. If you just rolled your eyes, remember this is not just an NBA Hall of Fame. (We need one of those, but that is a separate issue.) What Yao did to bridge the NBA with China and help the sport grow in the…

  7. Winderman: Wait five years? Yao could be in Hall of Fame next year.

    Aug 8, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    Yao Ming Olympics China

    With his recent retirement, the waiting period officially is under way for Yao Ming. According to enshrinement guidelines for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, “A player must be fully retired for five years before being eligible for Enshrinement. He/she may then be considered for Enshrinement in the sixth year of retirement.” Because the…

  8. Luis Scola says he might play for Yao Ming’s China team

    Jul 25, 2011, 9:28 AM EDT

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    Luis Scola, the Houston Rocket’s forward, isn’t going anywhere. He has four years, $46 million left on his NBA deal. But throw him in the “flirting with overseas” category during the lockout, although the Argentinian forward is not exactly thinking what you are thinking. At least according to the Argentinian sports site Ole (via Hoopeshype).…

  9. Video: Yao Ming’s life, career in animated form

    Jul 22, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

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    We leave you with this for Saturday night — how would Taiwanese animators depict the life of Yao Ming (while taking a shot at Charles Barkley)? Exactly like this. Enjoy.

  10. Video: Yo, it’s Yao

    Jul 20, 2011, 10:22 PM EDT

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    A decade from now, people will talk far more about Yao Ming‘s cultural impact than his game (that may already be the case, but too many people underestimate how good he was for a man his size). Yao also got some endorsements, and this one VISA commercial is one I always recall, because it was…

  11. Yao Ming walks away from NBA, makes retirement official

    Jul 20, 2011, 8:21 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Yao Ming — the former No. 1 overall pick of the Houston Rockets who for several years was the best center in the game and who helped globalize the NBA by making it the most popular American sport in China — made his retirement official in a ceremony Wednesday in China. Ongoing foot problems —…

  12. Kobe speaks in China about Yao Ming’s impact

    Jul 19, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    NBA basketball player Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers smiles to fans upon his arrival at a stadium during his 2011 China Tour in Changsha

    Yao Ming is expected to officially announce his retirement Wednesday at a press conference in China. (And good on the NBA league office for clearing Rocket officials to go to the event in spite of the lockout). As you read this, Kobe Bryant is in China, the latest of his annual trips to China to…

  13. RetroBall: Rockets-Lakers ’07 and the night Yao stood too tall for Kobe

    Jul 17, 2011, 4:57 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Since billionaire owners and millionaire players are bitterly divided over how much money they’ll be splitting over the coming years and have locked us out of actual basketball to talk about, PBT will be regaling you this summer on the weekends with RetroBall. Using the advanced powers of the internet and NBATV, we’ll bring you interesting stories…

  14. Without Yao, does NBA’s profile in China shrink?

    Jul 11, 2011, 11:31 AM EDT

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    Yao Ming was the face of David Stern’s dream of NBA globalization. The 7’6” center was an eight-time NBA All-Star — a few of those years he actually deserved it — and a huge presence in America and China. Basketball is booming in China and Yao was a big part of that and the reason…

  15. Jeff Van Gundy: Yao is a Hall of Famer

    Jul 10, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    There’s going to be a lot of debate in the coming years, now that Yao Ming is retired, about whether or not he’s a Hall of Famer. It’s going to be one of the more interesting debates about the Hall, which always makes for tense discussions. Yao after all led a basketball revolution in China,…

  16. If Shane Battier plays overseas, he’s playing in China

    Jul 9, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

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    Since Yao Ming entered the NBA (miss you, Big Fella), China has emerged as an untapped market for both the league and its players looking for brand-expansion. The Rockets, in particular, took full advantage of their connections to Yao and cashed in, becoming celebrities as the country started to embrace the game fully. Shane Battier…

  17. Report: Yao Ming to retire

    Jul 8, 2011, 2:09 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Yao Ming, a player who was both one of the better all-around centers to ever play the game and a true ambassador of the sport — but leaves us all wondering what could have been — plans to announce his retirement. Yao, who had played just five games the past season due to injuries, has…

  18. Who are the most overpaid players in the NBA?

    Jul 5, 2011, 11:46 PM EDT

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    With the NBA locked out because the owners aren’t making any (or enough) money? Who are the worst contracts in the NBA? Who are the guys we can blame for this mess? Well, we should blame the general managers and owners who gave out these contracts. But who have the worst contracts in the NBA?…

  19. Yao Ming still wants to come back still not sure if he can

    Jun 9, 2011, 7:58 PM EDT

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    Last time we heard from Yao Ming, he didn’t sound like a guy confident he would be back. Speaking with the Chinese media this week… pretty much the same thing. The New York Times found the interview and translated it. “I don’t know if I would join some champion team in the future,” the China…

  20. Yao Ming does not sound confident he’ll play again

    May 22, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    There’s always hope. That’s the thought for a ballplayer looking to return from injury right up until that moment he finally hangs it up. You never want to let go until there’s just no chance for you get more minutes on the floor. Yao Ming may be approaching that point. The Houston Chronicle ran an…

  21. Yao Ming hopes to be back, ideally with Rockets

    May 20, 2011, 1:49 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    His body keeps betraying him, but nobody can question Yao Ming’s desire or love of the game. In a couple of months, doctors will be able to tell Yao if his surgically-repaired ankle would be up to the rigors of playing in the NBA — or anywhere else — ever again. A recent MRI showed…

  22. Yao Ming sues Chinese company to protect brand, name

    May 16, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

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    When you’re an international brand — and make no mistake, Yao Ming is an international brand — then you have to work internationally to protect it. Which explains why Yao is suing a Chinese sportswear company, as reported by the Associated Press (via SLAM). Xinhua News Agency reported Friday that the injured Houston Rockets center…

  23. Free throw shooting: It’s not about where you’re from, it’s about height

    Mar 31, 2011, 10:09 AM EDT

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    Fascinating bit of research we want to point you to over at Basketball-Prospectus that shows the numbers back up what you already knew — big men do not shoot free throws as well as smaller players. But, don’t go thinking foreign players are better at it than Americans. Kevin Pelton crunched the numbers a few…

  24. Yao Ming has one more comeback try in him

    Mar 11, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Yao Ming says he is not done. Injuries to his feet have kept the one time cornerstone of the Rockets franchise out of all but five games total the last two seasons. He’s had a couple of major foot surgeries in the last two years. But he told reporters Thursday at the Rockets annual Tennies…

  25. Warriors may try to pick up often-injured center this summer

    Feb 21, 2011, 12:31 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Portland Trail Blazers

    Well, this is a sentence I never thought I’d type: The Golden State Warriors will take a look at signing Greg Oden or Yao Ming this summer if they can’t get a big at the trading deadline, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Yup, you read that right. They have interest in two centers who…

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