01 March 2008

Yao Ming 姚明

Male Celebrity of the Month March 2008

Yao Ming (Chinese: 姚明) (born September 12, 1980, in Shanghai, China) is a Chinese professional basketball player who plays for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is currently the tallest player in the NBA, standing at 7'6" (2.29 m). He played for the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) for five years, before being selected by Houston as the 1st overall pick of the 2002 NBA Draft.
Physical dimensions
Yao Ming is currently listed as the tallest player in the NBA at a height of 7'6". In the 2002 NBA draft camp Yao Ming was listed as having a barefoot height of 7'5" with a comparatively short armspan of 7'4.75" and a standing reach of 9'7". In shoes Yao Ming was listed at 7'6.25".
Early life and pre-CBA career
Yao was born to a 6'7"(2.01 m) father, Yao Zhiyuan, and a 6'3" (1.90 m) mother, Fang Fengdi. His mother was the captain of the women’s national team that won the first Asian Championship in 1976.Yao's birth weight was 11 pounds, twice the average size in China. He was 5' by age ten, and 6'7" (2 meters) by age thirteen. He developed a sickness at age seven that resulted in him losing his hearing in his left ear.
2007–08 season
Through 53 games, Yao Ming and the Houston Rockets have a record of 33-20. He is currently averaging 22.2 points, 10.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.2 blocks per game while compiling 30 double-doubles. On January 24, 2008, It was announced that Yao will start at center for the Western Conference in the 2008 All-Star game for the 6th consecutive season since entering the league in 2002. Yao led all Western Conference centers with 1,709,180 votes. He is currently considered by many to be the best center in the NBA.

On February 26, 2008, it was reported that Yao Ming will miss the rest of the 2008 season due to a stress fracture in his left foot. He was expected to miss the 2008 NBA playoffs but Morey doesn't expect him to miss the 2008 Beijing Olympics in August. The Rockets went on to beat the Wizards 94-69 in a blowout. Before the announcement of Yao's injury, the Rockets were considered a good contender to qualify for the championship tournament in a very good Western Conference.

Sweet Marriage
Yao Ming is married to Ye Li, a Chinese women's basketball player, whom he met when he was seventeen. Ye was not fond of Yao at first, but finally accepted him after he gave her team pins from the 2000 Olympics. The wedding was set on August 5 2007, 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.Yao married Ye on August 6, 2007.

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. In 2006, Yao Ming promised never to eat shark fin soup again, in order to raise awareness of wildlife protection. He has also participated in the NBA's Basketball Without Borders program. On September 14, 2007, he competed in a charity basketball match to raise money for a Chinese children's charity. Yao Ming has several sponsorship deals, including the 2008 Beijing Olympics, McDonald’s, Pepsi, Visa, Apple, Reebok, and Garmin.
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waliz said...

hi wow..i'm glad finally i can come and visit u again....
yao ming....he is sooo tall but handsome! never see him playing but hopefully i will one day...

bluedreamer27 said...

wow yao ming gheeeh he's one of my favorites among all the other multiinternational players of NBA
and im proud of him because so far he's the only basketball player in the nba that entered the nba
and i like how jackie chan's commercial....always yaoming is present hehe special the beijing olympics
and gheeeh waliz youre back!!!!!
by the way wow i have a tag for you

waliz said...

yes i agree wth bluedreamer..i like the commercial ad wth jackie chans...so funny!

WoW said...

appreciate you manage to find a little bit of your valuable time visiting and dropping some words here. I believe you'll see more of him during the forthcoming Olympic.

hehe they are really funny lol. Got your tagging.

bluedreamer27 said...

hello wow just dropping by here and gheeeh thanks for the willingness to do the tag i will look forward to it

bluedreamer27 said...

hello wow just dropping by to see your dreamgirls hehe
have a great day

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