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Video of Yao in Napa Valley at his winery

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013
by John

This ABC news story appeared last week in the Bay Area after Yao visited his winery in Napa Valley. Check it out!

If the video player above doesn’t play the video, you can try viewing the video here.

Yao still a force, interviewed at Fortune Global Forum

Sunday, June 9th, 2013
by John

Yao Ming was in esteemed company Saturday, June 8th, when he was interviewed on stage at the Fortune Global Forum in Chengdu, China. Here’s a transcript of the interview.

When asked who he thought would win the NBA Finals, Yao diplomatically skirted answering the question, but he did say he was a Spurs fan. This is probably due to him playing the Spurs so many times over his 8-year career — he can’t help but respect how they play the game.

June 8th, 2013 - Yao Ming is interviewed at the Fortune Global Forum in Chengdu, China

It just goes to show that even though Yao retired a few years ago, he still remains a global force as an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and de facto ambassador for China.

As the Fortune web site describes, the Fortune Global Forum is the highest-level place for multinational CEOs—and the heads of China’s most important companies— to gain visibility into the emerging new trends, and meet the people that are shaping “China’s New Future.” It represents an unparalleled opportunity to build the key relationships and obtain insights that are vital to positioning multinational companies for long-term success, in China and on a global basis.

Here’s a list of all the speakers at the Global Forum. Pretty impressive names there.

Video: Yao’s conversation with Jay Williams last Friday

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013
by John

You might remember my post from a couple days ago where I posted some photos of Yao having a conversation with Jay Williams at the Asia Society of Texas located in Houston.

Well, the good folks at the Asia Society posted a video of almost the entire interview, which is very informational, as well as humorous! Click here to check it out, and consider joining the Asia Society — their mission is a very worthy one.

Video interview of Yao from Tuesday

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013
by John

Here’s a link to a video interview of Yao in front of the Houston press yesterday.

If you want to read some of the quotes he provided, you can check out this article here.

Recent Yao updates. Plus, Yao will be in Houston for All-Star festivities

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013
by John

There hasn’t been much to report about Yao over the past couple of months, but we finally have a few updates for you.

Last week Yao was in South Korea for the Special Olympics World Winter Games since Yao is still a Global Ambassador for the Special Olympics.

Below he is pictured taking part in a snowshoe relay, which he says is the first time he has tried a winter sport.

January 30th, 2013 - Yao Ming participates in a snowshoe relay at the Special Olympics Winter Games in Korea

Also participating was his wife Ye Li, and international movie star Zhang Ziyi, pictured below.

January 30th, 2013 - Actress Zhang Ziyi participates in a snowshoe relay at the Special Olympics Winter Games in Korea

Click here for more photos of Yao and others running in the snowshoe relay.

The next day Yao and his wife served breakfast for the special athletes.

January 31st, 2013 - Yao Ming serves breakfast to Special Olympics athletes with wife Ye Li

Click here for more photos of Yao serving breakfast.

In case you missed it, last week the Washington Post published an interview with Yao. They provide a pretty good recap of Yao’s life after retiring from the NBA, his relationship with Jeremy Lin, and the state of basketball in China. It’s highly recommended reading. Check it out here.

Yao is now in Houston for next week’s NBA All-Star festivities where we plan to cover some of his activities here on YaoMingMania.

In addition, on Friday the 15th in Houston at the Asia Society of Texas, non-members can purchase tickets and hear about Yao’s career and his rise to global icon status during a private luncheon. Guests will also get a taste of the first vintages of the Yao Ming Napa Valley Cabernet. Click here for more details.

NY Times article gets quotes from Yao on Jeremy signing with Houston

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
by John

Today’s print edition of the New York Times published a good piece on Jeremy Lin following Yao’s path in the NBA and China, getting some quotes from Yao himself. Here are some interesting excerpts:

So it was no surprise that as Lin figured out his future, seeking millions on the free-agent market while trying to remain loyal to the Knicks, he consulted with Yao.

This time, Yao said, he was of only limited help.

“Only he knew what he needed most,” Yao said in a telephone interview from China. “He had to make the decision on his own. I didn’t want to affect him too much.”

Lin’s decision to sign an offer sheet from the Houston Rockets, Yao’s former team, and the Knicks’ decision to let Lin go, set off a fierce debate in New York.

Yao, for his part, thought the outcome was ideal.

“I’m so glad the Knicks didn’t match the contract,” Yao said. “Houston is a good place for Jeremy to come to. It’s a good fit because both sides can provide the best opportunity for each other.

Yao recalled that the environment in a smaller market helped make him a better player. In eight seasons, all with the Rockets, the 7-foot-6 Yao averaged 19 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocks as a center.

“In Houston, we have a very good community and great fans,” Yao said. “With less media coverage, I think it made me focus more on basketball. I think that’s one reason I played so well.

The Rockets hope that Lin, who is of both Chinese and Taiwanese descent, can continue the franchise’s popularity in China, for which Yao was responsible.

The people in China are very familiar with Houston,” said Yao, who, since retiring from the N.B.A. because of chronic injuries, has become the owner of the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association. “The Rockets have been a symbol here for the last 10 years, and now that can be continued. It’s great for people here. I can’t imagine them being any more excited than this.

Yao video interview with Wall Street Journal

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012
by John

Check out this video with Yao posted yesterday where he talks about his busy life in retirement, including his involvement with conservation efforts…

For more information on the Yao Foundation and its new conservation initiatives, click here.

Yao makes appearance in Houston at Rockets-Lakers game [pics & video interview]

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012
by John

Big Yao surprised everyone by flying to Houston this week and was courtside at the Rockets-Lakers game. Below he hugs former teammate Metta World Peace, the basketball player formerly known as Ron Artest.

March 20th, 2012 - Yao Ming and former teammate Metta World Peace hug each other before the Rockets-Lakers game

Click here for more photos of Yao at the game.

Click here for a video interview that Yao gave to the press before the game. As always, he was hilarious.

Fortunately for Rockets fans, the team made a great fourth quarter comeback to beat the Lakers.

Yao comments about Jeremy Lin again

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012
by John

Two new articles from Reuters and CNN quote Yao on more insightful comments about Jeremy Lin (click here to see both articles). Here are the best excerpts (Yao’s quotes are in red):

“Shanghai-native Yao said Lin, who stands 1.91m, could change the way China selects and trains its basketball players.”

“This is something else that Jeremy Lin has brought to us. It has given us something to reflect on, whether there are imperfections over the development and selection process for our basketball players over the past 10 or 20 years.”

“Yao said he had known Lin was a good player but was stunned that he was able to reproduce the sensational form night after night.”

“I am very surprised but also very happy. When he played well in his first game I thought this was a great start and perhaps he would soon have more stable game time.

“But I never thought he would perform up to such levels as he had today.”

“Lin has said he communicates often with Yao, who he regards as a role model. Yao said he did not have much advice to give because of their different backgrounds but had always encouraged and cheered him on.

“First, New York and Houston are different. Also, the cultures of the two basketball teams are different, the cities are different, the team mates he faces are different, so I don’t wish to tell him too much.

“If I do so, perhaps I will give him too much pressure.”

“We have a lot of talented young athletes here who are passionate about basketball. They all want be the next Jeremy.

“I think they can relate more to Jeremy because they’re more common-sized.”

“The easy part is to find a strong basketball player — I have the size; Shaquille O’Neal: big and strong; Kobe, LeBron, all those names. Jeremy has basketball IQ — you can’t program that.

“He’s the kind of player I’d like to play with if I’m still a player — he’s a team player and everybody likes the way he wins a game. Honestly, he did much more than I’d expected.”

“He gives a lot of hope to kids with the same background like his: Asian-Americans, second generation or maybe third.”

“They can follow his footprints and have more confidence in playing basketball.”

“I know people talk about me giving him tips — it’s really not that. I just congratulated him and said I’m happy for him.”

“I told him we’ll support him and I’m a big fan of his.”

Yao talks about Jeremy Lin (hot off the presses)

Thursday, February 16th, 2012
by John

A great interview of Yao on NBA.com about Jeremy right here!