September 9, 2007 7:05am CST
Do you like Yao Ming, the world famous NBA player? He was married few weeks ago.His wife is also a basketball player.They would make a perfect couple!
9 Sep 07
Yep i do like Yao Ming Heres some facts about him: Yao Ming born September 12, 1980, in Shanghai, China is a Chinese professional basketball player and is considered one of the best centers in the National Basketball Association (NBA) today. He is also among the tallest of players in the NBA standing at a height of 7'6". He is the only son of his father Yao Zhiyuan and Fang Fengdi. He played for the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) for five years, and now plays center for the Houston Rockets in the NBA. He was selected by Houston as the 1st overall pick of the 2002 NBA Draft and signed with them on October 21, 2002. NBA CAREER 2002-03 season Yao Ming’s first meeting with Shaquille O'Neal garnered large media attention over the fact that O’Neal had previously said "Tell Yao Ming, ching-chong-yang-wah-ah-soh", which many considered racist. In the game, Yao Ming scored six points and blocked O’Neal twice in the opening minutes, as well as having the game-winning dunk with 10 seconds left in overtime. Yao finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds; O’Neal scored 31 points and 13 rebounds. Yao finished his rookie season averaging 13.5ppg and 8.2rpg. Yao Ming ended the season by being voted the Sporting News Rookie of the Year and being a unanimous NBA All-Rookie First Team selection.  Yao lost the NBA Rookie of the Year Award to Amare Stoudemire, Yao came in second. 2003-04 season Before the start of Yao's sophomore season, the Rockets' head coach Rudy Tomjanovich had resigned due to health issues, and long time New York Knicks head coach Jeff Van Gundy was brought in. After Van Gundy focused the offense on Yao,  averaged career highs in points and rebounds a game, and had a career-high 41 points and 7 assists in a triple-overtime win against the Atlanta Hawks in February 2004. He was also voted to be the starting center in the 2004 NBA All-Star Game for the second straight year. He played in the playoffs for the first time, as the Rockets claimed the seventh seed in the Western Conference. However, eventual NBA finalists Lakers eliminated Houston in the first round, as the Rockets only won one game. Before the start of Yao Ming’s third season, the Rockets acquired Tracy McGrady in a seven-player trade, which also sent Steve Francis and Cuttino Mobley to Orlando. He was once again voted as the starting center for the Western Conference in the 2005 NBA All-Star Game, after shattering the record for most All-Star votes with 2,558,278, breaking Michael Jordan's previous record. The Rockets made the playoffs for the second consecutive year, but lost to the Dallas Mavericks in seven games. In 2005, Yao became the subject of a documentary film, The Year of the Yao, which focuses on his NBA rookie year and his first year living in the United States, his parents and his interpreter Colin Pine. 2005-06 season Yao had missed only two games in three years up till 2005, but twenty-two games into his fourth season Yao was forced onto the inactive list for an extended period for the first time in his career due to an acute case of osteomyelitis in the big toe on his left foot. On December 18, 2005, with the rest of the team staying in Los Angeles to play the Lakers, Yao returned to Houston to have surgery performed on the toe. He was placed on the inactive list and missed a total of 21 games, returning to the lineup on January 30 against the Memphis Grizzlies. In the 25 games after the All-Star break, Yao averaged 25.7 points and 11.6 rebounds per game, while shooting 53.7% from the field and 87.8% at the free throw line. His final averages in 57 games were 22.3 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. This was the first time that Yao had ended the season with a "20/10" average. However, before the season ended, he suffered another major injury in a game against the Utah Jazz on April 10, 2006 - an accidental collision with opposing center Mehmet Okur left him with a broken bone in his left foot. The injury required fully 6 months of rest. In the 2006 NBA All-Star game balloting, Yao again led all NBA players with 2,342,738 votes, and therefore started for the fourth straight time of his career. 2006-07 season On December 23, Yao fractured his right tibia. At that point he was leading the team with 26.8 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game. Before his injury, he had been mentioned as an MVP candidate.Yao missed the All-Star game due to his injury.He was medically cleared to play on March 4. The Rockets made the playoffs for the first time since 2005, playing with home court advantage against the Utah Jazz in the first round. However, although Yao averaged 25.1 points, after winning the first two games, the Rockets lost four of five games, and were eliminated in Game 7 at home. After the series, Yao said “I didn't do my job”. During the offseason Yao has worked with Hakeem Olajuwon After being selected to the All-NBA third team twice, Yao was selected to the All-NBA second team for the first time in his career.