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March 9, 2015 Updates

But Mr. Yao also turned the question back on the reporter, saying that if reporters treat the presence of athletes and stars as a publicity stunt, then the event becomes one. “It depends on the angle from which you look,” Mr. Yao said, who said that many of the delegates and advisers in question study the issues and bring their own expertise. He said that in a congressional meeting this past week, a reporter approached him for a photo and an autograph. “I would like to ask you whether this attitude is correct,” Mr. Yao said. Wall Street Journal

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We're not entirely sure what make and model of car Yao Ming was trying to get in here when he was caught on camera by TMZ; but it's pretty clear that it's not a Fiat 500 or a Smart Car, or some other Chihuahua of the automotive world. Yet the big man - sorry, the BIG MAN - literally did not fit in the front seat. Ironically, it appears to be the grab handle - a feature specifically installed to help little people hail themselves in - which stopped him getting his giant head in the front seat of the vehicle. Eurosport

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Former NBA all-star center Yao Ming is now dishing out assists to much wilder targets. After retiring from the Houston Rockets in 2011, Yao returned to China and set out to end his homeland's traditional appetite for endangered and threatened animal products. As an ambassador for international conservation organization WildAid, Yao has campaigned to persuade his countrymen to give up the key ingredient in one of their traditional delicacies: shark–fin soup. The “I’m FINished with Fins” campaign, which also featured Jackie Chan, soccer star David Beckham and NBA player Jeremy Lin, has been credited with reducing the tens of millions of sharks killed for their fins each year in China by at least 50 percent. NBC

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Embiid has said that his back has healed, and a league source said that’s true, though the source added that a team would be wise to have Embiid engage in back-specific training to further strengthen it. The foot issue is more of a question mark because centers have a bad history with navicular bone fractures; they notably ended the careers of Yao Ming and Bill Walton. Boston Globe

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Retired basketball star Yao Ming said "anything is possible" amid speculation that the former Houston Rockets center is putting together a bid for the Los Angeles Clippers with Chinese investors. Yao, who owns the Shanghai Sharks basketball team in China, is assembling a group to buy the Clippers franchise, sports channel ESPN reported on its website, citing unidentified sources. The National Basketball Association told owner Donald Sterling last week that it intends to force a sale in the wake of racist comments that got him banned from the league for life. "I know there are a lot of rumors, but I don't think I have time to clarify the rumors one by one," Yao, 33, told journalists on Sunday in Beijing, where he was attending a graduation ceremony at a basketball school named after him. "Nowadays, sports are globalized, and anything is possible, but so far, there is nothing substantial." China Daily

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Yao Ming talks to reporters on the sidelines of the second session of the 12th CPPCC National Committee on Mar. 6. (Photo/CNS) Former NBA star Yao Ming on Thursday called for the eradication of sales of illegal animal products in China through legislation and the promotion of animal protection awareness among the public. "Buying ivory is buying bullets," Yao, a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), told reporters on the sidelines of the ongoing annual session of the country's top political advisory body. Want China Times

March 1, 2014 Updates

SLAM: You’ve said you still follow the NBA closely, so you’ve noticed the League’s shift toward small ball. If you were still healthy and still at the top of the game, how do you think you’d fit in now? Yao: I’ve thought more than once about how I would compete in today’s basketball if I was still healthy and in my best shape. I think, if you can make enough free throws, or create enough free throws, you can still be effective. Otherwise, you probably need to run with the small ball. Someone like Shaquille O’Neal could create enough free throws for himself. He was very dominant and could change the pace of the game with that. But, the shooting skill today is so incredible. The three-pointer is so easy today. I think they should extend the line even another meter farther [laughs]. The defense is much more stressed by the range. And obviously, players with size like me would find it much more difficult to guard a shooter. So…[today’s NBA] definitely would not be easy for me. SLAM

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