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Yao Ming
Yao Ming
Position: None
Born: 09/12/80
Height: 7-5 / 2.26
Weight:296 lbs. / 134.3 kg.
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Yao Ming: Eight years later, my country was hosting the Summer Games in Beijing. I wasn’t a kid anymore. I was the leader of our team. Three days before the opening ceremony, we played an exhibition game against Russia. Andrei Kirilenko was playing for them at the time. We had a terrible game. Nothing was working. After the game, Donnie Nelson, the general manager for the Mavericks and an advisor to the head coach of the Chinese national team, came into our locker room, outraged. “If you guys are going to play like that, maybe you shouldn’t go to your own Olympics!” he said.
Storyline: Olympic Games
Yao Ming: Beijing was an incredibly proud moment for me and for my country, but whenever someone talks about the Olympics, my mind still goes back to the picture from Sydney. I’m a fan of astronomy. When I look at that photo, of all those athletes, it reminds me of a galaxy. Before my first trip to the Olympics in 2000, I was really just focused on myself, my family and my team. I had a very small circle. At age 20, I looked at the photo and just wanted to find myself, one individual, in that galaxy. All these years later, I see a different circle, a much bigger one — one that we’re all part of. Even at my height, I’m the same size as everyone else in that photo. It makes me realize just how small I was — how small we all are.
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The Basketball Tournament, a winner-take-all event in which former pros and reunited college teams compete for $2 million, is expanding to China in a partnership with former NBA All-Star Yao Ming. Yao and Beijing Starz International Sports Management Co. will help launch a tournament next year in China, according to tournament co-founder Jon Mugar. The Chinese version will be modeled after the U.S. tournament, in which teams gain free entry through social-media support and the most active fans share in the prize money.
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Yao Ming: My English was very limited at that time, but I could understand more than I could speak because, like all Chinese students, I had started studying English when I was six years old. “I’m so sorry, I’m a little bit shy,” I said to Steve. “Don’t worry,” he said, and then he gave me a big friendly hug, “We’ve been waiting for you. We need you.” In the Chinese tradition, when you meet someone for the first time you stay back a little bit. You say hello, shake hands, but it is very formal. Over time, like a pot of water that slowly heats up, you get to know someone and get more comfortable. Steve wasn’t that way. Steve was boiling water right away. On the court or off the court, Steve was 200 degrees all the time. I instantly liked him.
Yao Ming: Rudy was patient with me. I needed it. He gave me time to make adjustments to my game in that first year. He would always tell me to slow down in the paint, that I was playing too rushed. He gave me room to make mistakes. “Don’t blame yourself too much — everybody makes mistakes,” he told me. I tried to listen, but I was frustrated that I wasn’t adjusting faster. That is when I learned not to listen too much to critics. Rudy gave me very important advice: “Don’t waste any energy on the things you cannot control.”