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The Year in Review

December 31st, 2004
by Yao

thumbnailI can’t believe 2005 is already here – where has the time gone? For me personally, the past year was very good. My 2nd season in the NBA was great, and I was so happy about making it to the playoffs and getting a taste of things to come. A lot of changes happened over the off-season, and I am pleased with the new team that we have and believe that we are going to do well together.

I was also really excited about the NBA playing games in my home country, and getting to share a little of my culture and historywith my teammates and the U.S., while at the same time, getting to share the new part of my life with the people of my homeland. It was unbelievable, and is something that I will never forget. I also got to spend a lot of time with my family, so overall 2004 was a very good year!

2005 though, looks to be very promising as well. I am excited about the All-Star game and am humbled that so many people have taken the time to vote for me. I also can’t wait for the second half of the season and my goal is not only for us to make it to the play-offs, but for us to move even further this year. With the addition of Tracy, and now another shooting threat like David Wesley, I believe that will happen. My heart goes out to all the people who have been affected by the Tsunami and I hope everyone will give and do what they can. We are all citzens of this world, and in times like this, we all need to pull together. Thank you to all of you who support me and follow my career. It makes playing basketball so incredible for me. I hope I continue to live up to your expectations and give you a lot to cheer about in the year to come.

I wish all of you a very Happy, Safe and Prosperous New Year.