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Yao and teammates get ‘dressed up’ for charity press conference

Friday, December 14th, 2007
by John

Check out this photo from today’s press conference involving Rockets owner Leslie Alexander and the rest of the team regarding the 2008 Tux & Tennies charity gala.

Click here for more hilarious photos from the press conference.

Taking a break from the fiasco

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007
by John

We take a break from our serious discussion of how bad the Rockets are playing to show some photos of Yao and some of his Rocket teammates making a visit to the Ronald McDonald House in Houston

Click here for more photos from the visit.

I’m sure the news cameras were around and we’ll be seeing either an “NBA cares” commercial from the visit, or a future segment in an upcoming FSN-Houston halftime telecast.

Yao reads once again in annual Read-to-Achieve ritual

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007
by John

Yao Ming and most of the other Rockets did their annual photo-op with some Houston school children for the Read to Achieve program. I think it’s a fine program, and kudos go to the players for participating.

But honestly, I get a little nauseated each year when I see the NBA promoting it out the ying-yang through their commercials. Wouldn’t it be great if these sessions happened without all the video cameras around and having that video pushed through the NBA marketing machine? Still cameras are fine, like the photos you can see here. Thanks to Raymond for the pics.

Yao pics from Special Olympics. Back in Texas now

Thursday, October 4th, 2007
by John

Our Raymond did an awesome job in the YaoMania! forum capturing all the activities from Yao’s participation in the Special Olympics. Here Yao Ming enters the stadium during the Opening Ceremonies in Shanghai…

Yao was joined in the ceremony by California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose mother-in-law Eunice helped start the Special Olympics movement.

There are just too many photos to show on this page, so I’ll refer you to the following links.

Link 1 – Check out the gradiose stadium and pageantry of the ceremony — I can only imagine what the real Olympic Opening Ceremonies are going to be like next year in Beijing.

Link 2 – Includes an article about the ceremonies, more pics, and quotes from Yao on how important the Special Olympics is to him after he received a high award.

Link 3 – Yao at the airport headed to Texas, and saying goodbye to Jackie Chan in some very funny poses.

With that, Yao is now finished with his Chinese commitments for awhile, and is headed to Austin to join his Rocket teammates for training camp.

Video and first-hand account from Yao-Nash charity game

Sunday, September 16th, 2007
by John

I was surfing around the Net tonight and found some interesting content coming out of the Yao-Nash charity game in China. Here’s a video of Jackie Chan coming on to the court for the ceremonial opening tip:

Game highlights from NBA.com can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4sjX5U-nbk

I also found an interesting article on a site called SportsBusinessRadio.com written by Brian Berger who was able to get behind-the-scenes access to the locker rooms, as well as watch the game. Here’s some of what he wrote:

Yao Ming came in the locker room after tonight’s charity game and thanked the NBA players who played in tonight’s game. He spoke of how much the effort means to him and to the Chinese people and how impressed he was that these players flew halfway around the world just a few weeks prior to the start of training camp. He told the players in the locker room that if he could ever assist them with their charitable efforts, he’d be happy to do so. It was a really nice moment for these players who play in the most exclusive basketball fraternity on the planet – the NBA. Once Yao finished his speech, the Team Nash players sang a song that the game operations people played whenever Yao scored in tonight’s game. Its a cheesy but catchy song that chants, “Yao Ming, Yao Ming, Yao Ming, Yao Ming……..Yao Ming, Yao Ming”. The Chinese fans love it though.

Click here for Berger’s entire blog post, as well as another YouTube video of the pre-game introductions at the bottom of his post.

Yao scores 21 points in charity game

Friday, September 14th, 2007
by John
Steve Nash and Yao meet at half court Friday night after the charity game they held in Beijing to benefit poor children in Western China.  Yao scored 21, while Nash scored 13.Steve Nash and Yao meet at half court Friday night after the charity game they held in Beijing to benefit poor children in Western China. Yao scored 21, while Nash scored 13. Click here for photos from the pre-game warmup and introductions. Click here for photos from the game.

Yao Ming scored 21 points in his charity game played in Beijing Friday night in which the Chinese team won 101-92. Steve Nash scored 13 points, and interestingly, it sounds like Carmelo Anthony played for the Chinese team in the second half, not Yao Ming as was expected.

Yi Jianlian scored 20 points for the Chinese, and Phoenix Sun Leandro Barbosa led all scorers with 22 points.

Click here for photos from the pre-game warmup and festivities, which includes Jackie Chan making a cameo.

Click here for more photos from the game (and animated images of some cool Chinese team dunks!).

Yao and Nash pics from their charity gala

Thursday, September 13th, 2007
by John

Our Raymond in China has posted in the YaoMania! forum photos related to the Steve Nash and Yao Ming charity basketball gala in Beijing leading up to their exhibition game tomorrow.

Click here for tons of interesting pics from the gala…

…and here for photos of performers at the event, as well as very cool items that were auctioned off in which Yao contributed US$ 33,000 of his own money to raise 7 million CNY (approximately US$ 931,000) for charity. Man, it looks like it was alot of fun to be there!

Yao to play against two teams in one game

Friday, August 31st, 2007
by John

In Beijing on Thursday, Yao Ming announced that he has organized with Steve Nash a charity basketball game on September 14th between the Chinese National Team and a team of invited NBA players. Proceeds will go to the China Youth Development Foundation.

It’s cool that Yao and Nash have apparently become friends in organizing this game over the past 7 months. It probably doesn’t hurt that both players are represented by the same agent, Bill Duffy.

The list of NBA players expected to play is fairly impressive: Nash, Greg Oden, Baron Davis, Mike Conley, Carmelo Anthony, Leandro Barbosa, Bonzi Wells, Mike James, and Chuck Hayes. I think all of these players are represented by Duffy, so kudos to his players for flying all the way to China for a game to ‘give back.’

What’s also interesting is that Yao will play for the NBA team in the first half, and for the Chinese national team in the second half. There’s a joke there somewhere, but I can’t really think of one at the moment.

Click here for more photos from the press conference announcing the game in which Nash called in from Phoenix at 5:00am in the morning.

Thanks go to Raymond in China for the scoop.

Note: Since this story was first post, it was learned that Mike James and Mike Conley will not be able to participate because of scheduling conflicts, but in their place Derek Fisher, Sasha Vujacic of the LA Lakers and Alando Tucker of the Phoenix Suns will play.

Yao’s charity work continues in China

Monday, July 9th, 2007
by John

On Sunday, Yao spent some time with children infected with the HIV virus in Shanghai as part of the Basketball Without Borders program.

Since Yao is a spokesperson for the HIV/AIDS prevention campaign in China, he asked for the public’s help to not discriminate against children like these and to provide more of a helping hand. To see more photos with Yao and the kids, click here and here.

More pics of Yao with the kids

Saturday, July 7th, 2007
by John

In case you missed it in the forum, we have more photos of Yao in the YaoMania! forum instructing kids at the Basketball Without Borders camp in Shanghai. Here’s one of my favorites…

…and here’s more with Yao (with Scottie Pippen) at the Read to Achieve program on Saturday the 7th…

…with this being one of my favorites…