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Yao the recruiter

January 2nd, 2009
by John

This little story from Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle…I didn’t realize Yao could be so persistent hunting down Dikembe…

If Yao Ming ever goes into college coaching, he might be a strong recruiter. Dikembe Mutombo said Yao called two or three times a day to convince him to come back, reaching the point where Mutombo said he considered turning his phone off.

“He has so many cell phones,” Yao said of Mutombo’s practice of having different phones for basketball contacts, friends, celebrities and dignitaries around the world. “He has so many of them, but I know every one. He couldn’t turn them all off.

At Yao’s behest, Mutombo will join the Rockets for their road trip and said he would be ready to play by Friday in Toronto.

“I do think when we practice,” Rockets coach Rick Adelman says, “it’s a huge benefit to Yao to have him go against him, because it’s someone his own size, or someone close to his size. ”

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