Yao has asked the Naismith Hall of Fame to withdraw his name from consideration for entry into the prestigious fraternity. There are two ways a player can be nominated: either as a player, requiring a 5-year wait before being nominated, or as a “contributor” to the game, which requires no wait at all.
Obviously, Yao has a great chance of being selected as a contributor because of the barriers he overcame coming from China to become an elite NBA player.
A member of the Chinese media had nominated Yao, but Yao asked his agent John Huizinga to contact the Hall of Fame to have his name withdrawn.
This doesn’t surprise me since Yao is so humble, and if he is going to get into the Hall of Fame, he is in no rush to get there.
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