Yao ming's rise to success
April 25, 2007 8:00am CST
Asyou may have noticed,2005-2006 was Yao ming's breakout season.criticized during his first three seasons for being too passive and unable to play heavy minutes because of stamina and foul trouble,Yao answered his critics last season in a big way.Yao,25,even has some saying he has surpassed Shaquille O'Neal and Ben Wallace to become the game's best center.at 7 feet 6 inches and 310 pounds,he certainly strikes an imposing figure...hi friends,do you know him?and do you like him?
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• United States
28 Apr 07
I think Yao Ming is a great basketball player but in comparison to Shaq, I'm afraid he's not up there yet. He did get heavier, however in Shaq's golden age he was a center no one can stop PERIOD! Yao Ming is certainly a great basketball player no doubt but about dominating as a center? I'm not so sure. Besides scoring, we would also have to look into the aspect of blocking as a basketball player. In comparison with other centers in the NBA, I would say for his height and weight he's actually doing quite bad in regards to his blocks versus other top players. It's all about changing his style from being a passive player to a more aggresive player and until his mentality completely changes, I think he will continue to pose as a great player but never the best player as a center.
27 Apr 07
Every Chinese like Yaoming very much . Most of chinese like basketball, like NBA because of Yao . Frankly speaking , i dont the style Yao play basketball . I like him just because of his spirit . i always remember he had said : I have never waste every seconds in NBA . This is a great player .
26 Apr 07
yao ming definitely has the potential to become the nba's greatest center. he's got the advantage already because of his height and unlike most centers, he can shoot. houston made a good move of taking in patrick ewing to guide yao ming in his early years with the rockets. yao ming is houston's future. he could bring back the good, old hakeem olajuwon glory days. but naming him the greatest center of the game i think is a little bit inappropriate this time. though he's a great player, he still has a lot to prove. shaquille o'neal had numerous championships and individual awards under his belt while yao ming has still nothing. shaquille o'neal is now way beyond his prime while yao ming is still on the rise. in years to come, we'd expect yao ming to improve further, and if he won't get injured most of the time, he'll definitely be one of the nba's best ever. he can bring the old glory houston days back. this might be a start of a dynasty, the 'ming dynasty'
• United States
28 Apr 07
I am familiar with him. Very familiar. I live in America and the NBA is still big. Not as big as the NFL, but still popular. I wouldn't say though that Yao is the best center right now. He has undoubtedly proven he is a real presence, but he hasn't dominated. But then no one else has either. Shaq is getting older and he doesn't play as much per game as he used to. But when he does play, his presence is felt. Ben Wallace is just a dominating defensive player, especially considering he is far shorter than most centers. Right now, I'd say the three are equally on par with each other. Right now though, in the playoffs, the center whose team is actually winning, is Ben Wallace's team, the Chicago Bulls. But give Yao one more season and I see no reason why he won't be called the best center currently in the game. : )