[66] Yao's final averages for the series were 21.4 points on 65% shooting and 7.7 rebounds. Has to me has said to me to me. Hes 6'5 and everyone knows that he's the fastest guy on the world. Justin Jefferson Min - WR. 10. [84] Three days later, the Rockets signed former Sacramento Kings coach Rick Adelman,[85] who was thought to focus more on offense than the defensive-minded Van Gundy. Basketball; Tourney Pick'em; Hockey; Overview; Leaders; What's New; Profile ; Mobile; Pro Leagues; Matchup Challenges Quick Match . [176] In 2014, he was also part of the documentary The End of the Wild about elephant conservation. [73], Early into his fifth season, Yao was injured again, this time breaking his right knee on December 23, 2006, while attempting to block a shot. [89] Before the All-Star weekend, the Rockets had won eight straight games, and after the break, they took their win streak to 12 games. Overview of drafting in Yahoo Fantasy. [79] The Rockets won the first two games, but then lost four of five games[80] and were eliminated in Game 7 at home; Yao scored 29 points—15 in the fourth quarter. [10] Li also influenced Yao to sign a contract for Evergreen Sports Inc. to serve as his agent. [148] In 2005, former Newsweek writer Brook Larmer published a book entitled Operation Yao Ming, in which he said that Yao's parents were convinced to marry each other so that they would produce a dominant athlete, and that during Yao's childhood, he was given special treatment to help him become a great basketball player. Prize Leagues. Main Navigation Menu. 5. [10] When Yao was nine years old, he began playing basketball and attended a junior sports school. At the time of his final season, he was the tallest active player in the NBA, at 2.29 m (7 ft 6 in). [30] Before the season, several commentators, including Bill Simmons and Dick Vitale, predicted that Yao would fail in the NBA,[31][32] and Charles Barkley said he would "kiss Kenny Smith's ass" if Yao scored more than 19 points in one of his rookie-season games. Roster and lineup management in Yahoo Fantasy. A faster Here. In July 2009, Yao discussed the injury with his doctors, and the Rockets applied for a disabled player exception, an exception to the NBA salary cap which grants the injured player's team money to sign a free agent. [138][139], After Yao announced that he would enter the 2002 NBA draft, he told one American journalist that he had been studying English for two years, and that he liked the movie Star Wars but disliked hip hop. "[157] American wine critic Robert M. Parker Jr. of The Wine Advocate gave Yao's wine a ranking of 96 points and wrote: "I am aware of all the arguments that major celebrities lending their names to wines is generally a formula for mediocrity, but... the two Cabernets are actually brilliant, and the reserve bottling ranks alongside just about anything made in Napa. Projection data provided by Yahoo Sports. 3. Manage your Private League's draft. Yao led the Chinese national team to three consecutive FIBA Asia Cup gold medals, winning the 2001 FIBA Asian Championship, the 2003 FIBA Asian Championship, and the 2005 FIBA Asian Championship. [46], The NBA began offering All-Star ballots in three languages—English, Spanish and Chinese—for fan voting of the starters for the 2003 NBA All-Star Game. AMA. No new player Notes: No new player notes available. Final W 35-16 @ Chi. His next season was cut short when he broke his foot for the second time in his career, which Yao said decreased his jumping ability by four to six inches (10 to 15 cm). [161] He also had a deal with Pepsi, and he successfully sued Coca-Cola in 2003 when they used his image on their bottles while promoting the national team. [4], Yao is one of China's best-known athletes, with sponsorships with several major companies. ", "NBA world reflects on Yao's importance to game", "Yao asks that Hall nomination be put on hold", "Shaquille O'Neal, Allen Iverson highlight 2016 Hall of Fame class", "Rockets to Retire Yao Ming's #11 at Halftime of Game vs. Chicago on February 3, 2017", "Yao bets his beard on China's top eight finish", "Yao lifts China into Olympic quarter-finals", "NBA.com: Statistics: NBA Players on International Teams", "Game Report, China vs Slovenia 78–77, GROUP D", "Game report, Greece v China 95–64, EIGHT-FINALS", "Yao to play in Olympics? Join a league or Create a league. Even though the average height in basketball is about 6’7, there have been players and the past, and even in today’s world, that are much shorter than 6’7. [54], Before the start of Yao's sophomore season, Rockets' head coach Rudy Tomjanovich resigned because of health issues,[55] and long-time New York Knicks head coach Jeff Van Gundy was brought in. This video is unavailable. "[114] Shaquille O'Neal said Yao "was very agile. [122] After Yao scored 39 points in a win against New Zealand, China lost 58–83, 57–82, and 52–89 against Spain, Argentina and Italy respectively. Follow @genius on Twitter for updates Watch Queue Queue North Texas claimed its second-straight weekly honor as Tommisha Lampkin was voted Freshman of the Week for her 7-of-9 performance from the floor in the Mean Green’s sweep of UAB in Birmingham. [3] In eight seasons with the Rockets, Yao ranks sixth among franchise leaders in total points and total rebounds, and second in total blocks. [37] Barkley made good on his bet by kissing the buttock of a donkey purchased by Smith for the occasion (Smith's "ass"). He was signed by Nike until the end of his rookie season. [168] In September 2007, he held an auction that raised US$965,000 (CN¥6.75 million),[169] and competed in a charity basketball match to raise money for underprivileged children in China. "[61] After the trade, it was predicted that the Rockets would be title contenders. When you think about basketball players, you probably think of a taller-than-average man who is strong, fast, and able to make a slam dunk with no problem. Watch Queue Queue. [21][22][23] However, some teams were concerned about Yao's NBA eligibility because of uncertainty over whether the CBA would let Yao play in the United States. [147] The film is narrated by his friend and interpreter, Colin Pine. Ask me Nice pass. [171][172], Yao has also been a dedicated supporter of Special Olympics. [33] Yao played his first NBA game against the Indiana Pacers, scoring no points and grabbing two rebounds,[34][35] and scored his first NBA basket against the Denver Nuggets. [50], The next season, Yao played 77 games, his first full season since the 2004–05 season, and averaged 19.7 points and 9.9 rebounds, while shooting 54.8% from the field, and a career-high 86.6% from the free throw line. He played for the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) and the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Yao's 19 points a game were the second-highest in the Olympics,[137] and his averages of 8.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game were third overall. Meet Your Match Join a fairly and automatically matched Head-to-Head contest. When Wang Zhizhi left the Bayi Rockets to become the first NBA player from China the following year, the Sharks finally won their first CBA championship. [101] A follow-up test revealed a hairline fracture in his left foot, and he was ruled out for the remainder of the playoffs. [102] In reaction, Yao said the injury, which did not require surgery, was "better than last year". [121] He then vowed to abstain from shaving his beard for half a year unless the Chinese national team made it into the quarter-finals of the 2004 Olympics. [167] In the NBA's offseason in 2003, Yao hosted a telethon, which raised US$300,000 to help stop the spread of SARS. Go to homepage. Need a Refresher? [48] Yao received nearly a quarter million more votes than O'Neal, and he became the first rookie to start in the All-Star Game since Grant Hill in 1995. [64] The Rockets won the first two games in Dallas, and Yao made 13 of 14 shots in the second game, the best shooting performance in the playoffs in Rockets history. Yao scored 27 points and had 13 rebounds, and he hit two free throws with 28 seconds left that proved to be the winning margin. NFL $100K Baller [$5K Vegas Getaway] starts in Are you sure you want to report Freakin' Commies for inappropriate content? [50] The Rockets made the playoffs for the first time in Yao's career, claiming the seventh seed in the Western Conference. [2], Yao, who was born in Shanghai, started playing for the Shanghai Sharks as a teenager, and played on their senior team for five years in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), winning a championship in his final year. Click to view notes and other information. How to play Yahoo Fantasy Basketball. [60][62] Both McGrady and Yao were voted to start in the 2005 NBA All-Star Game, and Yao broke the record previously held by Michael Jordan for most All-Star votes, with 2,558,278 total votes. [9] At 11 pounds (5.0 kg), Yao weighed more than twice as much as the average Chinese newborn. Player's 2020 projected season rank. Learn more. To make the NBA function there are thousands upon thousands of people that rely on professional basketball to survive. Player Note. [126] Yao's final averages were 25.3 points, the most in the tournament, and 9.0 rebounds a game, which was fourth overall. The 2020 season is now over. Underestimated And God. [26] They also said they would not let him go to the United States unless the Houston Rockets would take him first overall. Players and coaches from that 2000 team are still adamant they would've won it … [143] On May 21, 2010, the couple's daughter Yao Qinlei (whose English name is Amy) was born in Houston, Texas. [40] O'Neal denied that his comments were racist, and said he was only joking. Chinese Fans Hope Not Yet", "Yao tells packed press conference in Shanghai he is retiring from NBA", "Rockets' Yao makes it official, retires from basketball – Houston Chronicle", "Yao retires, who will be the next "Chinese icon"? Yao Ming (Chinese : 姚明 ; born September 12, 1980) is a Chinese basketball executive and former professional player. [24], Shortly after Wang Zhizhi refused to return to China to play for the national team and was subsequently banned from playing for China,[25] the CBA stipulated that Yao would have to return to play for the national team. NBA Basketball Yah or Nay? [90] After Yao's injury, the Rockets stretched their winning streak to 22 games, at the time the second-longest such streak in NBA history. [109] In January 2011, he was voted as the Western Conference starting center for the 2011 All-Star Game for the eighth time in nine seasons. Comprehensive Major League Baseball news, scores, standings, fantasy games, rumors, and more “Because this basketball thing has got a shelf life, but what Dee Mitchell has lasts forever. [126] In the first knockout round, however, China was defeated by eventual finalist Greece. Follow @genius New Player Note: New player notes in the last 24 hours. It represents that we can keep our heads up in the face of really tough odds. - 6-6A district co-offensive player of the year as a senior - Averaged 17.4 points, 1.8 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 2.6 steals - Ranked as the No. C-USA weekly awards are voted on by the league's women's basketball communications directors. "[128] He returned to play with the Chinese national team on July 17, 2008. Overview of scoring in Yahoo Fantasy. His rookie year in the NBA was the subject of a documentary film, The Year of the Yao, and he co-wrote, along with NBA analyst Ric Bucher, an autobiography titled Yao: A Life in Two Worlds. She was, at the time, the ex-girlfriend of overseas basketball player Jacob Pullen. Twenty years ago, Cincinnati had one of the best and most intimidating teams in college basketball. Watch Queue Queue Me here ask me. "[157], Yao is one of China's most recognizable athletes, along with Liu Xiang. [40] In an earlier interview in 2000, Yao said he had never seen a fortune cookie in China and guessed it must have been an American invention. 7. Click to view notes and other information. After negotiating with the CBA and the Sharks to secure his release, Yao was selected by the Houston Rockets as the first overall pick in the 2002 NBA draft. Sophomore guards N'Yah Boyd and Quincy Noble led the Mean Green to victory with 17 points apiece.The Mean … [5], In April 2016, Yao was elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, alongside Shaquille O'Neal and Allen Iverson. [131] Yao scored the first basket of the game, a three-pointer, in China's opening 2008 Olympics Basketball Tournament game against the eventual gold medal-winning United States. [129] On August 6, Yao carried the Olympic flame into Tiananmen Square, as part of the Olympic torch relay. Better play. Davante Adams GB - WR. You say that. Known in China as the "Yao Ming Phenomenon" and in the United States as the "Ming Dynasty," Yao's success in the NBA, and his popularity among fans, made him a symbol of a new China that was both more modern and more confident. [88] In the 2008 NBA All-Star Game, Yao was once again voted to start at center for the Western Conference. [106] The Rockets were granted the exception, and used approximately $5.7 million on free agent Trevor Ariza. Now, she's starting for Duke. Final W 37-35 @ Det. [141] Ye was not fond of Yao at first, but finally accepted him after he gave her the team pins he had collected during the 2000 Summer Olympics. North Texas women’s basketball (8-2, 5-0 Conference USA) expanded on a program-record moving to 5-0 in conference play after a 67-59 road win over UTEP (5-5, 2-3 C-USA) Friday evening. He can do some amazing things. !function(t,e,r){var n,s=t.getElementsByTagName(e)[0],i=/^http:/.test(t.location)? [115] Reacting to Yao's retirement, NBA commissioner David Stern said Yao was a "bridge between Chinese and American fans" and that he had "a wonderful mixture of talent, dedication, humanitarian aspirations and a sense of humor. Fantasy Football 2020. Yao Ming (Chinese: 姚明; born September 12, 1980) is a Chinese basketball executive and former professional player. [166], Yao has also participated in many charity events during his career, including the NBA's Basketball Without Borders program. "[116], Yao was nominated by a member of the Chinese media for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor to the game. The latest stats, facts, news and notes on Keira Neal of the North Texas Mean Green [132], "I was just really happy to make that shot", Yao said after the Americans' 101–70 victory. 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