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Yao reunites with Chinese big men who also played in the NBA

Sunday, April 8th, 2012
by John

On Friday Yao Ming joined his fellow former NBA Chinese big men (Mengke Bateer) and Wang ZhiZhi) to attend the retirement ceremony of Du Feng, who had a great 14-year CBA career with 7 CBA championship rings.

April 6th, 2012 - Yao Ming is reunited with Mengke Batter and Wang ZhiZhi at Du Feng's retirement announcement and exhibition basketball game

April 6th, 2012 - Yao Ming is reunited with Mengke Batter and Wang ZhiZhi at Du Feng's retirement announcement and exhibition basketball game

The Guangdong team played a 30-minute exhibition game with Du Feng’s friends, all national teammates or CBA stars. Bateer was the head coach while Yao was the assistant coach for Du Feng’s friends’ team.

Click here for more photos of everyone laughing and having a good time, and the ceremony honoring Du Feng. Since everyone was having a great time, I wonder if afterwards they got together to play some poker?

Stephon Marbury leads Beijing to CBA championship, beating Aaron Brooks’ team

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012
by John

You might have missed it, but late last week Stephon Marbury and his Beijing Ducks team won the Chinese Basketball Association championship, beating Aaron Brooks and the Guangdong Tigers 4-1 in the CBA Finals.

March 30th, 2012 - Stephon Marbury drives past Aaaron Brooks during the CBA Championship Finals (Game 5)

March 30th, 2012 - Stephon Marbury is lifted after he helped the Beijing Ducks win the CBA Championship

March 30th, 2012 - Stephon Marbury is lifted after he helped the Beijing Ducks win the CBA Championship

You can tell Marbury was very emotionally invested playing for Beijing as seen from the photos below…

March 30th, 2012 - Stephon Marbury gets emotional after winning the CBA Championship for the Beijing Ducks

March 30th, 2012 - Stephon Marbury prays after winning the CBA Championship for the Beijing Ducks

Click here for more photos from the game. Click here for an article about the championship game.

In the series-clinching game, Marbury scored 41 points and dished 7 assists, while Aaron Brooks scored 33 points and had 5 assists. After the game, Marbury thanked God for giving him the chance to complete his redemption in China, and that the whole CBA Final series was like a miracle.

Marbury was clearly the MVP of the Finals, but was prevented from being awarded the MVP trophy because of CBA rules that prevent foreign players from winning it, nor the MVP of the regular season. But Marbury is the “virtual MVP” of Chinese basketball analysts, media, press, and fans, especially those in Beijing. Marbury almost single-handedly led his team to bring Beijing it’s first CBA championship, the first time Beijing has won anything major in basketball since 1983.

Yao talks with heavy hitters at Sino-Japanese event

Sunday, March 18th, 2012
by John

On Saturday in Shanghai, Yao did something very rare, even for him. He participated in a discussion with some pretty interesting guys on stage in front of 12,000 people at the Shanghai Expo Mercedes Benz Cultural Centre, part of the 40th anniversary of the normalization of Sino-Japanese relations.

World class Japanese architect Tadao Ando, a recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize (the Nobel Prize equivalent in the field of architecture) gave a talk to the audience, then was joined by Yao and Wang Shi, the multi-billionaire and founder and chairman of Vanke, China’s biggest real-estate developer.

March 17th, 2012 - Yao Ming poses with Tadao Ando and Chinese real estate developer Wang Shi in Shanghai

March 17th, 2012 - Yao Ming chats with Tadao Ando, famous Japanese architect, in Shanghai in front of 12,000 people

The theme of Tadao Ando’s talk was about Asian Era, where he discussed the arrival of the Asian era in architecture and his philosophy in architecture. He also talked about the importance of quality, conservation of energy and resources, and environmental protection in architecture.

Right after Ando’s speech, there was a session where Yao Ming and Wang Shi were invited to join him in a casual exchange about pursuit of personal dreams and excellence. Yao talked about how he pursued and realized his personal dream, working from a nobody in the CBA to a basketball star in NBA.

Click here for more information and photos from the event (props to Raymond for posting them).

Yao accompanies a Princess

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012
by John

Yao Ming, his wife Ye Li, and the Princess of Monaco visited a special needs school in Shanghai on Monday. Both the Princess and Yao Ming are global ambassadors of the Special Olympics.

March 12, 2012 - Yao Ming and the Princess of Monaco visit a special needs school in Shanghai

The Princess, Charlene Wittstock, married Prince Albert of Monaco last July. She was formerly a South African Olympic swimmer.

Click here for more photos and an article on Yao and the Princess’ visit to the school.

Photos of Yao at a golf driving range

Friday, March 9th, 2012
by John

Raymond was able to find some photos of Yao Ming at a golf driving range Friday morning in Shanghai. Check out his cool customized TaylorMade golf bag, too!

March 9th, 2012 - Yao Ming practices hitting golf balls at a Shanghai driving range

March 9th, 2012 - Yao Ming is at a Shanghai driving range

March 9th, 2012 - Yao Ming's golf bag at a Shanghai driving range

Yao and wife visit school to be renovated by Yao’s foundation

Sunday, February 19th, 2012
by John

We take a break from all the “Linsanity” to let you know that Yao, as busy as he is, still took the time on Friday to go to Leshan of Sichuan to checkout a school that will be refurbished by the Yao’s Foundation and Anta, the Chinese athletic sports apparel company. A new school complex will also be built.

Yao Ming’s wife Ye Li also attended the visit. Pictured below is Yao with school children drawing a picture of the new school with crayons.

February 17, 2012 - Yao Ming and wife Ye Li visit with children at a school that will be refurbished by Yao Ming's Foundation

For more photos of their visit, click here.

Chase Budinger will be in dunk contest (plus video of Chase’s dunk at Yao’s urging)

Thursday, February 16th, 2012
by John

It was announced this morning that Yao Ming’s friend and former teammate Chase Budinger of the Rockets will be one of 4 players to participate in the dunk contest in Orlando the weekend after next.

You may remember that Yao led a chant for Chase to throw down a dunk back in 2010 during a Yao foundation charity basketball games in Taipei, Taiwan. Check that out at the 8:33 mark of the video below. It’s really funny. Interestingly, right before this happened, Jeremy Lin threw down a dunk (at the 8:07 mark).

If you want to see a highlight reel of some of Chase’s best dunks (dating back to even his high school days), check out this video on Rockets.com

Funny pic of Shanghai officials sleeping around Yao; Funny pics of Shaq in China

Friday, January 20th, 2012
by John

It’s been busy for Yao over the past week, as seen in previous posts on this blog. Other things have happened this week worth mentioning that are recapped in this post (thanks to Raymond for posting these updates in the forum).

First, you may have heard that Yao participated in the National People Congress and Chinese People’s Political Consultation Conference in Shanghai last weekend. Below is a photo of the “exciting” meetings they must have had. Look at all the sleeping attendees!

January 13th, 2012 - Yao Ming sits in an assembly with other members who are falling asleep

As always, Yao is such a hard worker, when other people may be resting, he has the discipline to be a professional. Can you imagine what would happen if city council members or state representatives in the U.S. were caught sleeping on the job like this?

Earlier in the week, Aaron Brooks‘ Guangdong Tigers played Yao’s Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks. Unfortunately for the Sharks, one of their star players, former Houston Rocket Mike Harris, wasn’t able to play because he had to fly back to the U.S. to attend the funeral of his brother. Brooks and his teammates took advantage by handing the Sharks their third loss in a row.

January 17th, 2012 - Aaron Brooks plays against Yao Ming's Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks

A couple of days ago, Yao took part in a Shanghai Oriental TV taping for the Spring Festival (a.k.a. Chinese Lunar New Year) where he played a chef in a short film and sang some Chinese New Year songs together with a group of children.

January 17th, 2012 - Yao Ming participates in the taping of a Chinese Lunar New Year television special
Click here for more photos of Yao at the taping of the Chinese Lunar New Year television special.

Since all TV stations in China are competing for viewership for the primetime variety shows airing on Chinese Lunar New Year Eve, Hunan Satelitte TV signed Shaquille O’Neal to a six-figure (U.S. dollars) appearance fee for their own show after they learned Shanghai Oriental TV had invited Yao Ming to be one of its stars for their show.

Shaq flew to Changsha of Hunan on a chartered flight last Saturday and spent Sunday in the studio taping his antics doing a Chinese shadow puppet show, kungfu fighting, street dancing, and making Chinese dumplings.

January 14th, 2012 - Shaquille O'Neal participate the taping of a China Lunar New Year special

January 14th, 2012 - Shaquille O'Neal participate the taping of a China Lunar New Year special

January 14th, 2012 - Shaquille O'Neal participate the taping of a China Lunar New Year special

January 14th, 2012 - Shaquille O'Neal participate the taping of a China Lunar New Year special

January 14th, 2012 - Shaquille O'Neal participate the taping of a China Lunar New Year special

January 14th, 2012 - Shaquille O'Neal participate the taping of a China Lunar New Year special

Yao is now a politician, too

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012
by John

Note: The story below has been updated to better reflect new information from China.org.cn in comparison to an earlier Associated Press story.

In addition, on January 17th Yao Ming was also selected as the Vice President of the Shanghai Sports Federation, which is the overall controlling federation of many sports federations in Shanghai city.

Yao has become a member of an advisory body to Shanghai’s legislature. Below the photo is more on the story from the China.org.cn:

January 14, 2012 - Yao Ming at the closing ceremony for the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Shanghai Committee
Click here for more photos of Yao from the closing ceremony for the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Shanghai Committee.

On Sunday, January 15th, Yao took his seat as a new member of the standing committee of Shanghai’s political advisory body during its annual session.

“There are about 142 members in the group, and Yao is the youngest,” said Kong Rong, who works in the service office of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Shanghai Committee.

Yao is not the first Chinese sports star to become a Shanghai political adviser. Former Chinese female football star striker Sun Wen took up this job five years ago.

“Yao said the new title shows trust coming from the people in the city. He had said before that once he decides to do something, he will try his best to accomplish it. So we can trust him that he can balance all aspects of his work and study, and do well in this job,” said Yao’s spokesman Zhang Chi.

But Zhang denied that Yao has any ambitions to have a “political career”.

“The responsibilities for a CPPCC member include offering political consultation, and supervision. What Yao wants is to use his influence to do good deeds for society but not to seek a political position,” Zhang said.

Under the new title, Yao is supposed to attend regular meetings, make suggestions or raise written proposals for the advisory body and government departments.

Yao has remained very low-key during the organization’s ongoing annual plenary session. The information office of the CPPCC Shanghai Committee said they have not received any proposals from Yao yet.

Yao explained earlier that he prefers to “listen and learn because he is new to the organization”.

“Raising proposals is very serious business, and I do not want to be hasty,” Yao said, adding that he is paying more attention to sports education, a field he is familiar with.

Zhang also said Yao is very interested in issues regarding sports and charity. “He will make proposals in future, of course,” said Zhang.

Yao’s high school team plays in U.S. – a first for a Chinese H.S. team [video]

Friday, January 13th, 2012
by John

A pretty cool story here…Yao’s former high school team from Shanghai is touring the U.S. playing against American high school basketball teams, a first for a Chinese high school team. Check out the story and video here of them playing in Williamsport, PA on Wednesday.

It’s also interesting the team they played are called the “Millionaires.” Both teams exchanged gifts before the game. I wonder if there was some cash in those gift bags the Millionaires gave the Chinese team? (although given the current global economic situation, it might have been the other way around). 😉