It’s been busy for Yao over the past week, as seen in previous posts on this blog. Other things have happened this week worth mentioning that are recapped in this post (thanks to Raymond for posting these updates in the forum).
First, you may have heard that Yao participated in the National People Congress and Chinese People’s Political Consultation Conference in Shanghai last weekend. Below is a photo of the “exciting” meetings they must have had. Look at all the sleeping attendees!
As always, Yao is such a hard worker, when other people may be resting, he has the discipline to be a professional. Can you imagine what would happen if city council members or state representatives in the U.S. were caught sleeping on the job like this?
Earlier in the week, Aaron Brooks‘ Guangdong Tigers played Yao’s Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks. Unfortunately for the Sharks, one of their star players, former Houston Rocket Mike Harris, wasn’t able to play because he had to fly back to the U.S. to attend the funeral of his brother. Brooks and his teammates took advantage by handing the Sharks their third loss in a row.
A couple of days ago, Yao took part in a Shanghai Oriental TV taping for the Spring Festival (a.k.a. Chinese Lunar New Year) where he played a chef in a short film and sang some Chinese New Year songs together with a group of children.
Click here for more photos of Yao at the taping of the Chinese Lunar New Year television special.
Since all TV stations in China are competing for viewership for the primetime variety shows airing on Chinese Lunar New Year Eve, Hunan Satelitte TV signed Shaquille O’Neal to a six-figure (U.S. dollars) appearance fee for their own show after they learned Shanghai Oriental TV had invited Yao Ming to be one of its stars for their show.
Shaq flew to Changsha of Hunan on a chartered flight last Saturday and spent Sunday in the studio taping his antics doing a Chinese shadow puppet show, kungfu fighting, street dancing, and making Chinese dumplings.