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Yao reportedly tells Hakeem he will give his “best try” in coming back

January 1st, 2011
by John

Sohu Sports (in China) is reporting that Yao had a chat with Hakeem Olajuwon in the hallways of Toyota Center after the Rockets-Raptors game Friday night (see photo below).

December 31st, 2010 - Yao Ming and Hakeem Olajuwon talk in the hallways of Toyota Center after the Rockets-Raptors game
Click here for more photos of Yao and Dream together in the hallway of Toyota Center.

Hakeem told Yao that he would really like for him to come back, and Yao said he will give his “best try,” which is great news for Yao fans!  Although it’s not a guarantee that Yao will come back, he obviously hasn’t ruled it out and seems intent to make a go of it.  Here’s the transcript of what Sohu Sports published, translated from Chinese to English by our friend Raymond:

Sohu Sports: Talk to us about Yao Ming’s injury; (they said) that may end his career.

Olajuwon: That’s really very very disappointing, because I know he really wanted to continue playing the game. I just talked with him; I aked him to continue his efforts, to give it another try, and see if he can come back to play as well as to maintain a positive attitude. He said he will give his best try.

Sohu Sports: So what do you think Yao Ming has brought to this team ?

Olajuwon: You should know the answer; they really need him. He can make the team even better, a huge difference. It’s really very frustrating to see him go through such an injury. He must continue to strive hard for a comeback.

Sohu Sports: Do you think he can come back to play the game?

Olajuwon: Yes, I firmly believe so. He’s a man of strong character.

Click here for the Sohu Sports story written in Chinese.

Hakeem was at the game to promote the launch of his new clothing line called “Dr34m.” Click on this link (same as the link below the photo) to see Olajuwon signing autographs for fans who bought some of his new designs that went on sale Friday night at Toyota Center.

4 Responses to “Yao reportedly tells Hakeem he will give his “best try” in coming back”

  1. Gary Says:

    Hakeem is Dwight Howard's mentor not Yao.

  2. YaoMingMania Says:

    Hakeem has helped Yao a couple of times. I've got a story on my site from

    the last training session. Hakeem has also helped Kobe (gulp). So Hakeem

    is spreading the wealth around, to much of Rocket fans' chagrin. ;-(

  3. Gary Says:

    Hakeem is Dwight Howard's mentor not Yao.

  4. Staff Says:

    Hakeem has helped Yao a couple of times. I've got a story on my site from the last training session. Hakeem has also helped Kobe (gulp). So Hakeem is spreading the wealth around, to much of Rocket fans' chagrin. ;-(

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