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New interview of Yao about his injury…and more

May 12th, 2009
by John

Raymond took a ton of time to translate an interesting interview that Yao gave to the Chinese press about what caused his injury, what happened the night it occurred, how he learned about the diagnosis, and the evolution of the team. Here are some of my favorite excerpts (but make sure to read the entire thing if you’ve got time):

* “Once we enter second round of the playoff, it will be just like you have surrendered all your quota harvest to the People’s Commune, and all the surplus of your harvest then belong to you.”

* “I still remembered we were down by 6 points only. I did not want to give up. I was thinking at that moment, let’s take this as my final game, and I’ll give it all. Just think, if I can tough it out, you think I will request to be replaced? I definitely will play to the last second of the game. But finally I really could not sustain any longer. Towards the end of the game, I was running with the heel of my foot, and it was in real pain.”

* “When I came back onto the bench, I told Keith Jones that I stepped on someone’s foot (and I turned my ankle). Carl Landry, sitting at my side on the bench, with his head down, whispered: “It was my foot.” His facial expression was as if he was afraid that I would punch him in the face. I said to him: “Why you have to be afraid? I won’t punch you. And it is not only you that I have stepped on (and tweak my ankle)”

* “It was not the same bone that was operated on last year. There was nothing wrong with that bone, and even the stainless steel screws that were inserted during the previous surgery. It was just a tiny hairline fracture (on another bone)”

* “Oh compared to the first round, second round is much shuang ? (literally much more crispy and delicious). The intensity and level of competition is just another level; it is just like how you feel when you proceed to a higher level in your electronic games. Playing basketball is just like that: as your opponents become much stronger and more competitive, then it becomes more interesting, meaningful and challenging to you as a player.”

* “There was this scene back at the locker room; we were discussing about how we should guard a certain player of a very strong team. Luis Scola told everybody that when he was with his national team, he was a nobody; and people just ignore him during the game. But now that he had changed to a new team, and people started calling him a winner. When he said that, everyone was psyched up. All these details just told me: We are a strong team.”

* “I must start to lose weight. I need to control my weight starting from now. I need complete rest for this injury to become fully recuperated. So I must pay ultra attention to my diet (to what I eat and drink). My diet has to guarantee the nutrition contents, but at the same time, I cannot indulge to become chubby and fat. Luckily I had had those experiences before, and I am absolutely clear on what I should do.”

7 Responses to “New interview of Yao about his injury…and more”

  1. Poker Daddy Says:

    … a certain player of a very strong team. Luis Scola
    told everybody that when he was with his national team
    , he was a nobody; and people just ignore him during the game. But now that he had changed to a new team, and people started calling him a winner.

    Just wonder who “certain player” is. 🙂

  2. Poker Daddy Says:

    … a certain player of a very strong team. Luis Scola
    told everybody that when he was with his national team
    , he was a nobody; and people just ignore him during the game. But now that he had changed to a new team, and people started calling him a winner.

    Just wonder who “certain player” is. 🙂

  3. YaoMingMania Says:

    Me, too!

  4. YaoMingMania Says:

    Me, too!

  5. jkckwong Says:

    I would like to recommend to Yao the following book:
    THE THRIVE DIET written by Brendan Brazier (Professional Ironman Triathlte and Formulator of Vega).

    If he takes thrive diets (in particular Vega) detailed in that book, I'm sure he can get rid of at least 20 lbs. and be stronger in his muscles.

  6. jkckwong Says:

    I would like to recommend to Yao the following book:
    THE THRIVE DIET written by Brendan Brazier (Professional Ironman Triathlte and Formulator of Vega).

    If he takes thrive diets (in particular Vega) detailed in that book, I'm sure he can get rid of at least 20 lbs. and be stronger in his muscles.

  7. jkckwong Says:

    I would like to recommend to Yao the following book:
    THE THRIVE DIET written by Brendan Brazier (Professional Ironman Triathlte and Formulator of Vega).

    If he takes thrive diets (in particular Vega) detailed in that book, I'm sure he can get rid of at least 20 lbs. and be stronger in his muscles.

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