Yao Ming, (born September 12, 1980 in Shanghai, China), Chinese basketball player, who became an international star as a center for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association. Facing stars like Kobe Bryant and Manu Ginobilli, this 2.29-meter boy ranked among the best in the NBA. Let us know its history.
Birth Of A Great
Yao was born to accomplished parents who played basketball and each stood over 6 feet (1.8 meters) tall. From an early age, Yao surpassed his classmates. When he was 12 years old, he attended a local sports academy and played basketball for several hours a day. In 1997 he joined the Shanghai Sharks of the China Basketball Association (CBA). By the time he led the Chinese team to a respectable 10th place at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Yao had become a national icon.
The 7-foot-6-inch (2.29-meter) Yao was drafted by the Houston Rockets with the first overall pick in the 2002 NBA draft. In the 2002-03 season, he was chosen by fans to start the Western Conference. in the All-Star Game and was a unanimous pick for the league’s All-Rookie team. Although the Rockets narrowly missed reaching the NBA play-offs in 2003, Yao helped lead the team to a 43-39 record, an impressive change from the Rockets’ 28-54 record just a season earlier. . With his smooth shooting touch and deft passing ability, Yao won all-star honors in each of the next six seasons and helped the Rockets play play-offs in five of those years (2004, 2005, and 2007). -09).
Fractures and Victories
He suffered a series of broken legs and feet over the course of his first seven years with the Rockets, and his 2008-09 season ended during the play-offs as a result of a broken foot, which he later failed to heal properly. He underwent surgery the following offseason, but the damage was so severe that he missed the entire 2009-10 NBA season, a stress fracture to his ankle, and was out of the game for the remainder of the season. Injury-plagued Yao retired from professional basketball in July 2011. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016. The following year he became president of the CBA, having served as president and owner of the franchise. Shanghai Sharks of the CBA. since 2009.
China int the NBA
Yao’s impact on basketball culture extended far beyond his accomplishments on the court. It drew huge crowds wherever the Rockets played, and the Houston games were broadcast to large audiences in China and other Asian countries. A media favorite, Yao was a pitcher for numerous companies and was the focus of the NBA’s efforts to popularize the league around the world.