Yao Ming Rumors

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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.
Stephon Marbury: “I think basketball will continue to rise in China with more people helping. I think my 22 years basketball experience can be useful,” the 40-year-old Marbury added. The former Beijing Ducks star is now playing for Aolong in the Chinese Baskeball Association (CBA) league, and he will retire at the end of regular season after Aolong missed out on play-off qualification. “Feb 11, 2018 will be the end of the best basketball class ever. I’m so thankful to Aolong for allowing me to play my last season in Beijing.” Marbury said. “At the end you (Aolong) gave me my final wish. For this there will always be a special place in my heart for the organization. I wanted to play basketball at 40 years old in China and it happened.”
Giannis Antetokounmpo’s star has never been brighter, with his game and profile extending beyond the seemingly endless bounds of his zip-code-covering strides. He had more All-Star votes than any player in the first ballot release, a surprising turn for an international player who doesn’t hail from a nation with more than two billion inhabitants. Yao Ming is the only non-American to get the most All-Star votes and he’s been retired from the NBA since 2011. But what might have been even more startling than Antetokounmpo leading LeBron James in voting is that two players born outside the United States — Joel Embiid and Kristaps Porzingis — are third and fourth among Eastern Conference frontcourt players. These new young talents not only represent their respective franchises but also stand to serve as the face of the league for years to come. “We believe we can do it,” Antetokounmpo told Yahoo Sports. “It’s not that bad of a responsibility. I love it.”
The tone that Yao set, and continues to help mold in his role as the head of the CBL, has only grown since Thibodeau started making the trek back and forth to China. The popularity of the game has increased even more within the country, as evidenced by the reception the Golden State Warriors received during their weeklong visit through Shenzhen and Shanghai during the NBA’s Global Games against the Timberwolves last week. Warriors players were greeted by throngs of screaming fans any time they would leave their hotel. Young fans chased after NBA commissioner Adam Silver in search of a picture or an autograph as he shuffled his way through Shanghai toward another meeting, in search of a picture or an autograph. Basketball is the No. 1 team sport in China, with 300 million people playing the game, according to Yao’s CBA.
5 months ago via ESPN