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Yao’s Olympic journey ends

August 20th, 2008
by John

China was thrashed in their elimination game with Lithuania 94-68 on Wednesday. The Chinese finished 8th in the Olympics, similar to how they finished in the 1996 and 2004 Games.

Yao Ming was double-teamed and hacked most of the game, but he still managed to score 19 points and grab 7 rebounds in the most action he’s had (33 1/2 minutes) during the entire Olympics.

No one really thought the Chinese would contend for a medal, but it’s still a bummer to see them go out like this. Now in question is Yao’s participation with the Chinese team leading up to the 2012 Olympics in London.

“That is four years away,” Yao said later. “In 2004, I thought that 2008 was far away. Now I look at 2012 and maybe it doesn’t look so far. But since 2004, I have had three major surgeries.”

Click here for more photos from the game.

Click here for the story on the game.

6 Responses to “Yao’s Olympic journey ends”

  1. Wilson Says:

    I am sad but also glad the Olympics Basketball is over for China and Yao!!!
    Now, Yao should get some rest and get ready for the Rockets…same to Yi and Sun Yue!!!

  2. YM4Ever Says:

    Yao doesn’t deserve this, after all he’s done… I think he’s going to come back, just to go out on a sweeter note.


  3. tp Says:

    team china just don’t have enough talents to play around yao, also they need to learn how to play better with him instead of jacking up three pointer all the time….

  4. Wendy Says:

    It was frustrating to see how CNT’s guard looked confused with the ball, not knowing how to crack Lithuanias defense, while Yao dries out in the paint. 1.3 billion people, there should be some good guards to find, no?

    Why it is, is the problem in the training?

  5. tp Says:

    If they could find one, you would probably see him playing in this olympic………..

  6. GrapplerKe Says:

    After watching the Argentina/USA game, I realize that Luis Scola is VASTLY underrated in the NBA. The guy is almost just as good as Manu Ginobili except he plays PF. With McGrady, Scola, and Yao, how can the Rockets STILL NOT GET PAST THE FIRST ROUND!? I understand that Yao was injured and that McGrady has always been statistically proven to be overrated, so I won’t take use Rick Adelman as the scapegoat. With Ron Artest being an upgrade over Battier, thus adding depth to the team, I hope Rockets are able to clench a top 3 seed to avoid another first round exit in 2009.

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