At 7’6”, Yao Ming wasn’t often blocked during his Hall of Fame NBA career. But Chinese politics are a different matter, as Yao learned this week when the state-owned China Basketball Association (CBA) rebuffed the superstar’s attempt to take the league private and remodel it in the image of the profitable NBA.
Under Armour has launched a full-court press to grab a bigger share of the sneaker category with the Curry line: It has sent Curry to visit China, a move which executives said helped spur sales in that growing market. And back at home, it is soon to roll out the Curry 2.5, a style that is just like the pair the NBA star wore during his record-setting game.
Stephon Marbury’s unceremonious exit from the NBA in 2009 was one of the best things to ever happen to his career. After becoming a basketball icon in China and winning three league titles with the Beijing Ducks, Marbury has now officially become a permanent resident of Beijing, an extremely rare honor. Marbury shared a video on his Weibo account of Zhang Jiandong, the vice mayor of Beijing, presenting him with the Foreigner’s Permanent Residence Card.
Wright spent this season in China and since he has not been with another NBA team after March 1 is playoff eligible. He must be signed prior to the Heat’s final regular-season game, Wednesday night against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden.
Nets center Brook Lopez’s first encounter with Yao in a 2008 game still has him in awe today. “I think that was the smallest that I’ve ever felt,” the 7-foot, 275-pound Lopez says. “Going up for the jump ball and then I do my first hook and he blocked it so easily. It was like nothing to him. It was really really a unique experience. I can’t compare it to anything else.”