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Yao and his Sharks at the beach in Australia

September 30th, 2012
by John

Last week Yao was in Perth, Australia to watch his Shanghai Sharks play in the Cable Beach Invitational basketball tournament for the second consecutive year. Also competing in the tourney were the Perth Wildcats, Singapore Slingers, and CBA team Zhejiang Guangsha Lions.

Below Yao is pictured in front of the Perth skyline with Andrew Vhahov, the owner of the Perth Wildcats.

September 24th, 2012 - Yao Ming poses with Perth Wildcats owner Andrew Vlahov with the Perth skyline behind them

As evident through its name, the tournament is held in a unique setting: on the beach. Below Yao shoots on Wednesday, 9/26, some free throws on the temporary court setup on the beach, with friend and former teammate Liu Wei looking on.

September 26th, 2012 - Yao Ming shoots free throws on the temporary court where the Cable Beach Invitational basketball tournament is played

Below is another photo of the court as the Sharks played the Lions later that night [the Sharks won the game).

September 27th, 2012 - a game on the court at the Cable Beach tournament between Shanghai and the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions

The next day (the 27th), Yao looked on as his Sharks beat Singapore 49-40. Below is a unique photo of Yao with other fans that you normally don’t see:

September 27th, 2012 - Yao Ming sits in the stands next to small children as he watches is Shanghai Sharks beat Singapore

Yao couldn’t stick around for the Sharks’ final game of the tournament against the Perth Wildcats on Thursday the 28th, having to fly back to Shanghai. Below a few people snapped photos of Yao at the Guangzhou airport (where he arrived from Perth on his way to Shanghai) going through security just like anyone else.

September 28th, 2012 - Yao Ming goes through security at the Perth airport as he returns to China

And below is a photo of Yao with some of the flight crew.

September 28th, 2012 - the flight crew on Yao Ming's flight poses for a picture with him as he returns back to China from Perth, Australia

Unfortunately for Yao’s Sharks while he was traveling, they lost their game against the Perth Wildcats 71-37.

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