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Yao Ming

Yao Ming
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Yao Ming Biography

Yao Ming was born on September 12, 1980, in Shanghai, China�the only child of Fengdi Fang and Yao Zhiyuan, his mother and father. Just about everyone in Ming's homeland is raised an an only child because of the country's restrictions on family size. Thanks to his parents�both of whom stood well over six feet and had enjoyed excellent basketball careers�Ming had the genetics and instincts necessary for stardom on the hardwood. Fang, a center, was once captain of China's national women's team. Zhiyuan made his mark with a local pro club in Shanghai. Read Full Bio >>

Yao Ming Trivia

  • Center for Houston Rockets (2002-present).
  • At a height of 7' 6", he is tied with Shawn Bradley, for the distinction of being the tallest player in the NBA.
  • Hosted a telethon in Shanghai to raise money for SARS research.
  • Signed a global marketing deal with McDonalds. The fast food chain decided not to renew their deal with Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, who was accused of sexual assault in July 2003. (12 February 2004)
  • In Chinese culture, the surname is the first name and the given name is the second. Therefore, Yao has his last name on his jersey, like every other player in the NBA. However, he is addressed as Yao or Yao Ming, never just Ming.
  • Drafted #1 overall in the 2002 NBA draft as an international player out of the Chinese Basketball Association's Shanghai Sharks. In 2000, he was drafted in the 12th round by the Tampa Bay ThunderDawgs of the American Basketball Association.
  • His father, Yao Zhiyuan, is 6' 7"; his mother, Fengdi Fang, is 6' 3" and was captain of the Chinese national women's basketball team.
  • According to the Houston Rockets strength and conditioning coach, Anthony Falsone, he is still growing. Falsone says Yao was 7' 5" tall without shoes on (7' 6 1/2" with shoes) in October of 2002, but that by September of 2004, he had grown to 7' 5 3/4" in height barefoot, and to 7' 7 1/4" in height with shoes on.
  • At the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, he was listed as having a 7' 5" wingspan, a 9' 8" standing reach, and a size 18 shoe US.
  • His team media guide profile in China, stated that Yao had a 26 inch vertical leap, jumping from a standstill. However, Yao himself has said since then that two foot injuries he suffered since that time, lowered his vertical leap after this by about 4 to 6 inches.
  • Yao suffered two major foot injuries while playing basketball in The Chinese Basketball Association. These injuries were similar to the two that Cleveland Cavaliers Center Zydrunas Ilgauskus suffered, and too injuries that former Portland Trailblazers Center Arvydas Sabonis suffered.


Yao Ming Photos

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    2008 Olympic Games - Closing Ceremony - August 24, 2008

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    2008 Olympic Games - Day 2 - Opening Ceremonies

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    2008 Olympic Games - Day 2 - Opening Ceremonies

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    2008 Olympic Games - Day 2 - Opening Ceremony for the XXIX Olympic Games

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