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Yao attends Clippers-Heat game in Shanghai [photos]

October 16th, 2012
by John

On Sunday, Yao attended an NBA exhibition game in Shanghai between the Clippers and Heat. Yao greeted some of the players, like LeBron James

October 14th, 2012 - Yao Ming and LeBron James hug in Shanghai before the Clippers-Heat exhibition game

Shane Battier

October 14th, 2012 - Yao Ming and Shane Battier meet in Shanghai before the Clippers-Heat exhibition game

…and NBA legend Bill Russell

October 14th, 2012 -Yao Ming and Bill Russell meet before the Clippers-Heat exhibition game in Shanghai

At halftime, Yao was surprised with a gift from graffiti artist David Garibaldi, who painted an oil painting of Yao in the arena during the game. Garibaldi placed fourth in the “America’s Got Talent” show.

October 14th, 2012 - Yao Ming is awarded a portrait of himself at halftime of the Clippers-Heat game in Shanghai

Click here for more photos of Yao at the game.

Finally, at the beginning of the 4th quarter when both teams started playing their backups, the full capacity crowd of 18,000 chanted in unison Yao Ming’s name, pleading for him to come on to the court and play. In Yao’s typical understated style, he just shrugged his shoulders and smiled to the fans.

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