Many of you perhaps saw the photo on Wednesday we posted of Yao Ming’s old friend and translator Colin Pine at the retirement announcement press conference. If you weren’t aware, Yao asked Pine to translate his words into English for him (so that Yao wouldn’t have to repeat himself in English). You can see the entire press conference video on NBA.com by clicking here.
It was great to see the two sitting together again, just like old times when Pine translated for Yao during his first couple of seasons in the NBA. Pine has been living and working in Shanghai the past few years.
Pine later was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal’s China blog, which you can check out here. In this blog post, Pine responds to several questions, including how he was touched that Yao asked him to translate for him at the press conference, which he wasn’t expecting.