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Yao Ming
C - 7'6, 310lbs - 43 years old - 9 years of NBA experience
Retired - Retired after 2017 season
  • Birthdate: 09/12/1980
  • Drafted (NBA): 1st pick, 2002
  • Pre-draft team: Shanghai Sharks (China)
  • Country: China
  • Hand: Right
  • Agent: -
15th August, 2000ABADrafted 112th overall in the 2000 ABA Draft by Tampa Bay ThunderDawgs.
2002 NBA DraftNBADrafted 1st overall by Houston.
15th October, 2002ChinaLeft Shanghai Sharks.
18th October, 2002NBASigned four year, $18,037,586 rookie scale contract with Houston. Included team option for 2005/06.
16th September, 2004NBAHouston exercised 2005/06 team option.
31st August, 2005NBASigned a five year, $75,352,750 extension with Houston. Included early termination option after 2009/10 season.
29th June, 2010NBADeclined to exercise early termination option.
Career Moves
1997 - June 2002Shanghai (China)
June 2002 - June 2011Houston Rockets (NBA)
Articles about Yao Ming

March 19, 2013

Yao Ming - Yao has returned to Jiao Tong university in Shanghai to study economics, and is active in animal welfare. He is also absolutely terrible at golf.

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February 26, 2012

[...] The All-Star game itself was not half bad, either. The first and thus far only All-Star game to go to double overtime, it saw 300 total points scored, an in-his-prime Allen Iverson doing what an in-his-prime Allen Iverson did at All-Star games, and an in-his-prime Kevin Garnett dominate proceedings on his way to the MVP trophy. Shaq faced off with Brad Miller for the first significant time since Shaq tried to kill him, an amusing in-game report spoke of Antoine Walker and Paul Pierce’s outrages at playing so few minutes, Yao Ming looked woefully out of place on his way to two points and two rebounds, and the close finish saw the game’s very best turn up the intensity and play at something resembling their very hardest. It was good fun to watch, right down to the Zydrunas Ilgauskas experience. Even the 52 turnovers were aesthetically pleasing.

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June 25, 2011

[...] Ric Bucher, barely heard from tonight, chimes in to report that Yao Ming will not play for any team other than Houston Rockets, and that he may also never play again. Jeff Van Gundy tries to brighten the mood by reflecting upon how good Yao was and how nice of a person he is, but it's futile. The NBA has lost one of its most unique and entertaining players. It's going to be a hell of a long time before we see another even slightly like Yao.

I've really enjoy Yao Ming, and it's a shame we could never enjoy him more.

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