Yao Ming is a ready mention in any list of exceptionally gifted Chinese sportspersons. He is well recognized for his roles as a Chinese basketball executive and a previous professional basketballer. Yao is also famous for being agile and having an infrequent height of 7 foot 6 inches. In the course of his career, he was noted for many things the first of which is being the first foreigner to be the number-one draft pick in the National Basketball Association, Rookie of the year (2003), and Laureus Newcomer of the year (2003) among others.
Yao Ming’s Biography (Age)
Yao Ming’s birth took place on September 12, 1980, in Shanghai, China. He is the only child of former basketball players, Yao Zhiyuan and Fang Fendi. At birth, he had an unusual weight which was overhead that of regular Chinese new-born. While growing up also, Yao grew taller and faster than his peers. At the age of 9, he had already begun to play basketball for fun and later joined the junior sports school. He later enrolled at the Shanghai Jiao University and graduated with a degree in Economics.
Throughout his career, Yao Ming availed himself for clubs as well as his country. While as a teenager, he played for the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) as a junior for the Shanghai Sharks for many years. To add to his already existing skills, Yao Ming devoted many periods to in training and practicing new skills he learned. In 2000, he became part of the team that made it to the Summer Olympics.
Then in 2002, Yao Ming began a career in the National Basketball Association (NBA) following series of deliberations by the Team Yao which consisted of Yao’s negotiator, his NBA and Chinese agents, and others. He was later picked as number one which led to his being the first international player to be designated first overall without having formerly played US college basketball.
With several predictions by analysts that Yao Ming would not do well while at the NBA, Yao proved them wrong by netting many balls as well as making numerous other rebounds for the Houston Rockets. Meanwhile, early in his career, Yao Ming made history by being the first beginner to start in the All-Star Game since 1995.
Yao Ming continued to progress in his career. In 2004, he carried the Chinese flag and was also part of his country’s basketball team in the Athens Olympic Games. He scored several points and made a good number of rebounds in the games his team played. In 2005, however, he developed osteomyelitis and had surgery. The following year, he suffered a knee injury which forced him out of many games. The next year, Yao Ming played against another Chinese NBA and Milwaukee Bucks player Yi Jianlian for the first time. The competition was aired in several Chinese networks and made it to one of the most-watched NBA games in history. He suffered yet another injury in 2008 which made him stay away from other games of the season. However, he made it to the Olympic Games where he held the Olympic flame as well as his country’s flag.
Throughout his career as a basketballer, Yao Ming won series of awards and attained many achievements which include: Rebounding leader in CBA (2001-2002), Laures Newcomer of the Year (2003), Rookie of the Year (2003), NBA Rookie All-Star (2004), FIBA World Cup Top Scorer (2006), Gold medal winner with Team China in FIBA Asian Cups (2001, 2003, 2005), 8x NBA All-Star (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011), Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame: Class of 2016 among several others.
After achieving so much record and entertaining the world through basketball, he publicized his retirement in 2011 which was as a result of the chains of injuries he had at different times in his career.
More so, Yao Ming did not only contribute to himself as a basketballer but to the Houston Rockets and also helped in paving way for Chinese businesses in America. For Rockets, their fame increased in China and their matches were aired across the country. To flow with their new market, they began to print statistics information in Mandarin. For business opportunities, the Rockets signed a deal with Yanjing – a Chinese beer maker to be an exclusive supplier of imported beer served at Rockets games. This beer became a hot-selling beer in their outlets and Rockets games.
Weight, Height – How Tall Is The Chinese Basketballer?
Yao Ming is one unique and very tall basketballers in the world. In the NBA he was considered the second tallest after Shawn Bradley. He stands at a height of 7 foot 6 inch (2.31 meter) with a weight of 141kg or 310lbs.
Other Facts Yao Ming
- In 2010, he married Ye Li, his long-time girlfriend, and basketballer. They have a daughter, Yao Quinlei (whose English name is Amy).
- In 2016, Yao alongside Shaquille O’Neal and Allen Iverson were inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame in 2016.
- From Yao Ming’S career as a basketballer and for his several endorsements, his net worth is estimated to be $120 million.
- He co-wrote an autobiography with Ric Bucher, A Life in Two Worlds: The Year of Yao.
- Yao bought the Shanghai Sharks (his former club) and is known for his philanthropy.