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Yao Ming

Yao Ming
NameYao Ming
Height Ft7|height_in=6
Weight Lb310
Birth DateSeptember 12, 1980(age 36)
Birth PlaceShanghai, China
Draft Round1
Draft Pick1
Draft TeamHouston Rockets
Draft Year2002
Years11997 2002|team1=Shanghai Sharks (China)
Years2   |team2=Houston Rockets
Career Start1997
Career End2011
Highlights *8× NBA All-Star (   ,  ) *2× All-NBA Second Team ( ,  ) *3× All-NBA Third Team ( ,  ,  ) *NBA All-Rookie First Team ( ) *2002 FIBA World Championship All-Tournament Team *3× FIBA Asian Championship MVP (2001, 2003, 2005)

Yao Ming

TitleYao Ming
PYáo Míng

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Yao Ming (born September 12, 1980) is a retired Chinese professional basketball player who last played for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). As of the 2010 11 NBA season, he was the tallest player in the NBA, at 2.29 m (7 ft 6.1 in).

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. 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. Yao was selected to start for the Western Conference in the NBA All-Star Game eight times, and was named to the All-NBA Team five times. He reached the NBA Playoffs four times, and the Rockets won a first-round series in the 2009 postseason, their first playoff series victory since 1997. However, Yao missed 250 regular-season games due to injury in his final six seasons.

He is one of China's best-known athletes, with sponsorships with several major companies. 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.

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