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Yao still ranked in top 10 of Forbes China Top 100 Celebrities list

Saturday, May 5th, 2012
by John

Even after a year in retirement, Yao is still ranking high on Forbes’ (China) annual Top 100 celebrity list.

The list is compiled by looking at several variables, like earnings and buzz (in newspapers, Internet, TV and magazines). Yao ranked #8 overall, and #9 in earnings.

Li Na is ranked as the top athlete, helped by her winning the 2011 French Open.

early May 2012: Tennis player Li Na - No. 5 on Forbes China Top 100 Celebrities list

Jay Chou ranked as the #1 celebrity overall.

early May, 2012: Jay Chou was ranked #1 in Forbes China Top 100 Celebrity List

Click here for a list and photos of the Top 10.

Season ends on a sour note

Saturday, May 7th, 2005
by John

After Thursday’s Game 6 victory for the Rockets forcing a Game 7 in Dallas, I thought I was fortunate enough to get a ticket to Saturday’s game in Dallas. I knew there was a big risk of being disappointed if the Rockets lost, but I thought it was worth the drive to Dallas to perhaps witness history.

Yao throws one down in Dallas on his way to scoring 33 points, but other than T-Mac, none of the other Rockets showed up. Dallas ended Houston's season with a Game 7 victory, winning 116-76. Click here for more photos from the game.Yao throws one down in Dallas on his way to scoring 33 points, but other than T-Mac, none of the other Rockets showed up. Dallas ended Houston’s season with a Game 7 victory, winning 116-76. Click here for more photos from the game.

I sure witnessed history, alright. The worst Game 7 loss in NBA playoff history.

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Rockets dominate Dallas in Game 6: 101-83

Thursday, May 5th, 2005
by Chia-Chi
Yao celebrates on the bench as Houston takes a big lead in the fourth quarter in Game 6 Thursday night against Dallas.  The Rockets ultimately defeated the Mavericks, 101-83.  Yao only played 27 minutes and scored 8 points on 3-of-8 shooting.  The series goes to Game 7 on Saturday night.Yao celebrates on the bench as Houston takes a big lead in the fourth quarter in Game 6 Thursday night against Dallas. The Rockets ultimately defeated the Mavericks, 101-83. Yao only played 27 minutes and scored 8 points on 3-of-8 shooting. The series goes to Game 7 on Saturday night. Click here for more photos from the game.

by Chia-Chi and John

5/5/05, THURSDAY - We can all breathe a sigh of relief as the Rockets avoided losing four straight games and forced a deciding game 7 in Dallas this Saturday with a 101-83 against the Mavericks on Thursday night. In what has to be the most drama-filled series, with terms like “life suspension” and everyone falling into camps about “who did what” correctly, Thursday’s game was simply about good clean basketball.

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Terrible no-call dooms Rockets

Monday, May 2nd, 2005
by John
A picture is worth a thousand words. See below. Click here for more photos from the game.

MONDAY, 5/02/05 - UNDER PROTEST OF THE IDIOTIC REFS WHO ROBBED THE ROCKETS FROM A CHANCE TO TIE THE GAME DOWN THE STRETCH IN GAME 5, I DOUBT I CAN GATHER MY COMPOSURE TO DO A GAME SUMMARY. THIS IS A FIRST IN YAOMINGFANCLUB.COM HISTORY. HOW CAN I COVER A GAME THAT IS OFFICIATED BY BUFFOONS?

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO SAW THE GAME, YOU KNOW WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT. HOW CAN A GUY STEAL THE BALL WITH 2 FEET OUT OF BOUNDS? IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT, YOU’LL SEE IT ON ESPN.
THAT’S JUST ONE EXAMPLE OF THE INCOMPETENCE DISPLAYED BY THE OFFICIALS. AMATEURS. IMBECILES.

Rockets lose late lead

Saturday, April 30th, 2005
by John
Dallas’ Jason Terry elevates over Yao for a big bucket Saturday as no one could stop the Dallas guard on his way to 32 points. The Rockets led by six points in the fourth quarter, but lost the lead once again and the game, 97-93. Yao scored 20 points, blocked 5 shots and grabbed 5 rebounds. The Houston-Dallas playoff series is now tied at 2-2. Click here for more photos from the game.

by John

SATURDAY, 4/30/05 - It’s the day after the Rockets’ gut-wrenching loss to the Mavericks in Game 4, and I’m prepared to file my report after a painful 24 hours. Not only did the Rockets lose to ruin my day, but I realized I left my laptop power cord at home and didn’t have enough battery power to file my report last night. Yesterday was a disaster all the way around.

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Dallas goes on tear in 4th quarter, now trail 2-1 in series

Thursday, April 28th, 2005
by John
Yao throws one down in the first quarter against Dallas on Thursday night.  The Rockets led by eight points in the fourth quarter, but lost the lead and the game 106-102.  Yao scored 15 points and grabbed 10 boards.  The Rockets hold a 2-1 advantage in ther best-of-7 game playoff series against the Mavericks. Yao throws one down in the first quarter against Dallas on Thursday night. The Rockets led by eight points in the fourth quarter, but lost the lead and the game 106-102. Yao scored 15 points and grabbed 10 boards. The Rockets hold a 2-1 advantage in ther best-of-7 game playoff series against the Mavericks. Click here for more photos from the game.

by John

THURSDAY, 4/28/05 - If you live in the US and you tuned into the beginning of the Rockets – Mavericks game Thursday night, you probably saw that the first quarter wasn’t televised because the Miami – New Jersey game preceding the game went into double-overtime. The OT of that game ended up eating into the TV coverage for the Rockets game. So no one tuning into TNT could see the Rockets.

Funny, but if you watched the fourth quarter of the Rockets game, the same thing happened again: no one could find the Rockets. If you didn’t see it, Dallas went on a 20-0 run in the fourth quarter and eventually won 106-102.

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Yao dominates to help Rockets take 2-0 lead in Dallas series

Monday, April 25th, 2005
by John
Yao celebrates after throwing down a dunk near after a beautiful assist from T-Mac near the end of Game 2 of the Rockets-Mavericks series.  In the game, Yao played one of his most amazing games, scoring 33 points on 13-of-14 shooting, making all 7 of his free throw attempts, and grabbing 8 rebounds in a stunning 113-111 playoff victory against the Mavericks.  The Rockets now lead the series 2-0. Yao celebrates after throwing down a dunk near after a beautiful assist from T-Mac near the end of Game 2 of the Rockets-Mavericks series. In the game, Yao played one of his most amazing games, scoring 33 points on 13-of-14 shooting, making all 7 of his free throw attempts, and grabbing 8 rebounds in a stunning 113-111 playoff victory against the Mavericks. The Rockets now lead the series 2-0. Click here for more photos from the game.

by John

MONDAY, 4/25/05 - When you think about the most important moments in Yao’s NBA career thus far, you think of that rookie season where he shocked the Lakers and scored 20 points that made Charles Barkley kiss Kenny Smith’s donkey after losing a bet. Or you think of those famous “Shaq vs. Yao” matchups from that rookie year. Or maybe the three-pointer at Golden State. Or the no-look behind-the-head passes to Cuttino Mobley or Moochie Norris. Or maybe that behind-the-back dribble and fast break dunk in Portland a few weeks ago.

It’s time to add one more moment to the list. Monday night’s game between Dallas and Houston might go down as the game that gives Yao a reputation as a big-time playoff player we have all looked forward to seeing.

Yao led all scorers with 33 points on an astounding 13-of-14 shooting (the one miss he had shouldn’t have been counted as a shot attempt), made 7-of-7 free throws, grabbed 8 rebounds and had two blocks. In the first quarter alone he made 5-of-5 shots and scored 17 points.

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Rockets shock Mavericks: win Game 1

Saturday, April 23rd, 2005
by John
Dallas' Erick Dampier takes a swipe at the ball Yao was holding in the first quarter Saturday in the first game of the Rockets-Mavericks playoff series.  Dampier was not called for a foul on the play.  In the game, the Rockets surprised the Mavericks, winning 98-86.  Yao was in foul trouble for most of the game, playing only 20 minutes, scoring 11 points and grabbing 8 boards.  T-Mac was the Man, scoring 34 points, dishing 6 assists and grabbing 5 boards after playing 47 minutes.  Dallas’ Erick Dampier takes a swipe at the ball Yao was holding in the first quarter Saturday in the first game of the Rockets-Mavericks playoff series. Dampier was not called for a foul on the play. In the game, the Rockets surprised the Mavericks, winning 98-86. Yao was in foul trouble for most of the game, playing only 20 minutes, scoring 11 points and grabbing 8 boards. T-Mac was the Man, scoring 34 points, dishing 6 assists and grabbing 5 boards after playing 47 minutes. Click here for more photos from the game.

by John

SATURDAY, 4/23/05 - At the end of the regular season with Houston winning 7 games in a row, the Rockets were hoping their hot shooting streak and smothering defense would continue into their first round playoff match-up with Dallas on Saturday.

It did, and they pulled off a big 98-86 victory in Dallas to stop their 9-game winning streak while also taking a 1-0 series lead.

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