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Yao and McGrady reunite for one night

December 4th, 2012
by John

If you didn’t know, Tracy McGrady is now playing in the Chinese Basketball Association. It’s not going well for his new team, the Qingdao Double Star Eagles. They are winless in the new season. Coincidentally, they played Yao Ming’s winless (0-3) Shanghai Sharks Sunday afternoon in Shanghai.

Surprisingly, there are still lots of McGrady fans in China from his days playing with Yao in Houston. Many of them showed up at the game to pay homage.

December 2nd, 2012 - Tracy McGrady fans await his arrival in Shanghai to play Yao Ming's Shanghai Sharks

December 2nd, 2012 - Tracy McGrady fans await his arrival in Shanghai to play Yao Ming's Shanghai Sharks

On top of that, millions of basketball fans in China were looking forward to watching on TV Yao and McGrady meet up, hopefully on the court for all to see. But unfortunately it didn’t happen. The only solace was McGrady pointing to Yao up in the stands.

December 2nd, 2012 - Tracy McGrady points to Yao Ming in the stands

December 2nd, 2012 - Yao Ming and wife Ye Li watch the Shanghai Sharks play Tracy McGrady's Qingdao team

Yao and McGrady were scheduled to have dinner the night before, but it had to be postponed since Qingdao’s head coach arranged for a team meeting that conflicted with it.

But they were able to meet up Sunday evening after the game. No really good photos are available other than the one below with Yao, McGrady and other guys on The Bund after dinner.

December 2nd, 2012 - Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady on The Bund in Shanghai after Yao's Sharks played McGrady's Qingdao team

Although McGrady played well (23 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks), Qingdao lost their 4th game in a row, and are 0-4 on the season.

Fortunately for Yao, his Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks played their best game of the season, snapped their own winless streak, and now have a 1-3 record.

For more photos and coverage of the game and the events around it, click here.

 
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