HoopsHype Yao Ming rumors

November 22, 2013 Updates

And there's the chilled out and introspective Yao, owner of a Napa Valley wine company, Yao Family Wines. The most successful Chinese player in NBA history certainly hasn't used his retirement as a time to slow down though he does like the wine business. "This is a lifestyle," he said in between sips of his $170 Yao Ming cabernet sauvignon. "It's about friends chatting with each other, shared experiences and you need a (medium) to put everybody together. And red wine is something you can enjoy with your friends. "Then sometimes on a peaceful afternoon you can sit right next to your window and read a book, listen to some soft music and drink a glass of wine." New Zealand Herald

November 18, 2013 Updates

A select group of customers at Spec's downtown liquor store witnessed the launch of Yao Ming's 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon at Spec's. With the former Rockets star autographing bottles from the Yao Ming family of wines. Selling for $100 per bottle, Yao's Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, is one of three labels being produced under Yao's banner. FOX 26 Sports

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Give us a ‘Big Yao’ story. Dikembe Mutombo: He’s a great guy. He thinks I’m too old to be his brother, so he calls me uncle. He says I’m as old as his uncle so he cannot be my brother. I try to refer to him as a young brother but he doesn’t want to. When I go to China, people call me “Uncle Mo” because they refer me as Yao Ming’s uncle. I’m pleased to be his uncle as long as he listens to me! Do you still talk to him? Yes, I just spent four days with him in Chengdu [in China’s Sichuan province], with the school that Yao and the NBA foundation built. We’re happy that both associations are working together. He’s such a wonderful young man and I’m glad he is using his gift, talent and the money he made to improve living conditions of his people. Wall Street Journal

October 17, 2013 Updates

At 5-foot-3, Charlotte Hornets legend Muggsy Bogues is the shortest player in NBA history. At 7-foot-6, former Houston Rockets center Yao Ming is one of the tallest. NBA commissioner-to-be Adam Silver (he’s taking over for David Stern on February 1) posted this picture of them together, which shows just how stark that height difference is: The photo was taken during the NBA’s recent tour of China, which saw several exhibition games played in Shanghai and Bejing. Yao, of course, is largely responsible for the NBA’s explosion in popularity in China over the last decade. For The Win

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According to China Daily, Napa Crest, launched on the Chinese market last week, is aimed at consumers unable to afford the loftier prices of the other two wines he makes. Priced at 535 Yuan (£55), Napa Crest – a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot – appears good value against the £105 Yao Ming Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and the £390 Yao Ming Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. “We’ve established Yao Ming’s Signature wines in all of our world markets, including China,” Tom Hinde, president of Yao Family Wines, told China Daily. The Drinks Business

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Back in the summers of 2005 and ’06, when he was an assistant coach with the Rockets, Tom Thibodeau traveled to China with center Yao Ming, using the offseason time to hone the skills of the team’s All-Star big man. Yao’s primary commitment at the time, though, was to the Chinese national team, and so Thibodeau would work with Yao individually around his other commitments. But the experience registered with Thibodeau, now head coach of the Bulls. “I had the opportunity when Yao was playing for the Chinese national team, to watch how he participated and to watch their practices,” he said. “I learned a lot from that.” Sporting News

July 20, 2013 Updates

Retired NBA star Yao Ming has a thriving start-up in the Bay Area. It's just a small Napa Valley winery, but it generates enormous demand and a bountiful return on investment. For Yao, it's another slam dunk -- off the court and in the Napa Valley vineyards. He started his boutique winery a couple of years ago. He leases vineyards and production space at a custom crush facility in St. Helena. His wines are sold almost exclusively in China. The rapidly emerging middle class just can't get enough if Yao Family Wines. abc.com

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Forgotten in the shuffle of the Dwight Howard fracas is the former superstar Rockets center, Yao Ming. How does Yao Ming feel about all this? Has anyone asked Yao? Anyway, one particularly awesome couple honored Yao at their wedding with this spectacular groom’s cake, made by Charm City Cakes in Baltimore. For The Win

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