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Yao named to Western Conference All-Star team

Thursday, January 24th, 2008
by John

After getting 1.7 million votes, it’s no surprise that Yao was named tonight as the Western Conference starting center for the All-Star game in New Orleans on February 17th. Here Yao is shown in his All-Star uniform.

What IS a surprise is the funky design of the uniform on the back. Click here for more photos. The backside reminds me of a Diet Coke can.

More Yao photos and video from All-Star weekend

Monday, February 19th, 2007
by John
Although Yao didn't play on Sunday during the All-Star game, he was fairly visible during the weekend.

Although Yao didn’t play on Sunday during the All-Star game, he was fairly visible during the weekend. Click here for more photos of Yao in Vegas.

In addition to clicking on the photo link as mentioned above, you’ve got to watch this video of Yao working out while in Vegas. This is probably one of the best training videos I have seen of Yao, especially the part where he’s pumping lots of iron!

Yao All-Star interview

Sunday, February 18th, 2007
by John

Here’s a different publication for you: the New Zealand edition of MSN has an article (via Reuters) recapping some of Yao’s statements in Vegas at a press conference. Not much is a surprise here, other than it’s pretty clear that Yao isn’t all that thrilled to be in Vegas since he is having to do intense rehab work there just like he would if he were in Houston, and feels an obligation toward the fans to at least be in Vegas because they voted him into the game.

Not reported is that Yao also said that he regrets he cannot spend the Chinese New Year with his parents in Houston. You have to give credit for Yao having balance in his life, and at the age of 26 he still likes hanging out with Mom and Dad.

Yao and T-Mac make short video in Vegas

Sunday, February 18th, 2007
by John

It’s not that big of a deal, but T-Mac gives a very short interview with Yao at his side after an NBA All-Star practice. Click here to check it out.

Yao’s All-Star game shoe

Friday, February 16th, 2007
by John
We've got a photo of the Reebok shoe Yao would have worn during the All-Star game if he hadn't been injured.  Thanks to Joe at Complex.com for the heads up.We’ve got a photo of the Reebok shoe Yao would have worn during the All-Star game if he hadn’t been injured. Thanks to Joe at Complex.com for the heads up.

Yao and T-Mac in Vegas

Friday, February 16th, 2007
by John
Yao and T-Mac take one of their first photos in Las Vegas for All-Star weekend.Yao and T-Mac take one of their first photos in Las Vegas for All-Star weekend. Click here to see more photos of how Vegas and the NBA have rolled out the red carpet for players and fans.

Man, check out the photos from Vegas that Raymond has posted in the forum. I’m impressed how much money has been put into making Vegas look like it does right now, including the Thomas & Mack Center, a very boring arena in my opinion.

Yao voted to All-Star team again, gets most votes in the West

Friday, January 26th, 2007
by John
Even though he won’t be able to play in the game because of his leg injury, Yao was voted once again as a starter in the NBA All-Star game for the Western Conference.  He led the Western Conference in votes, and was edged by Lebron James for most votes overall.Even though he won’t be able to play in the game because of his leg injury, Yao was voted once again as a starter in the NBA All-Star game for the Western Conference. He led the Western Conference in votes, and was edged by Lebron James for most votes overall. Click here for more photos of Yao in his All-Star uniform.

Here’s the official NBA announcement on Yao making the All-Star game for the fifth straight year. And as you’ll read in this Houston Chronicle article, it looks like Yao is going to continue his rehab work in Vegas. I think that’s a good move. Yao has been incognito a little too long.

Article about Yao’s funky move at the All-Star game

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006
by John

In case you didn’t see it, the Houston Chronicle has a great article about the hilarious dance move that Yao and the other Western Conference starters put on during the All-Star game introductions.

More photos from All-Star game night

Monday, February 20th, 2006
by John
Yao and Shaq meet before the NBA All-Star game on Sunday evening.  Yao scored 5 points and grabbed two rebounds in 18 minutes in the game, which the Western Conference lost 122-120 to the Eastern Conference.
Yao and Shaq meet before the NBA All-Star game on Sunday evening. Yao scored 5 points and grabbed two rebounds in 18 minutes in the game, which the Western Conference lost 122-120 to the Eastern Conference. To see photos from the night’s activities, click on the following links: 1 | 2| 3| 4

Thoughts and photos from NBA All-Star weekend in Houston

Saturday, February 18th, 2006
by John
Yao, T-Mac and Shaq meet on Saturday during the East/West All-Star practice at Houston's convention center.  Yao, T-Mac and Shaq meet on Saturday during the East/West All-Star practice at Houston's convention center.
Yao, T-Mac and Shaq meet on Saturday during the East/West All-Star practice at Houston’s convention center. Yao, T-Mac and Shaq meet on Saturday during the East/West All-Star practice at Houston’s convention center. We’ve got lots of photos from many of the weekend’s events at the following links: | 1| 2| 3| 4| 5

by John

SATURDAY, 2/18/06 – I went to downtown Houston Saturday afternoon where all of the All-Star game activities are taking place. First of all, it was really cold walking around outside, probably in the mid-40’s (Fahrenheit) when it’s normally in the 60’s this time of year. It was a lot colder when you factor in the wind chill!

I took some photos outside of Toyota Center, then walked over to the George R. Brown Convention Center to check out the outside of NBA Jam Session. I had heard on the radio that Jam Session had sold out today, but I wasn’t too upset since I had been to it a couple of times in other cities, and they are pretty much all the same.

I did drop by some of the hotels downtown where a lot of the NBA players and sponsors were staying. At both the Hilton and The Four Seasons they were checking for room keys before you could enter the lobby to keep loiterers out. Good for them.

Friday night

The night before I went to the downtown Hyatt Regency with another key founder of the Yao Ming Fan Club to meet with some potential partners, and met some very interesting people, like the grandson of James Naismith. Naismith is the man who invented basketball.

Many of the former NBA players were staying at the Hyatt, and I saw guys like George Gervin, Manute Bol, Dan Majerle and Mark Eaton. Except for Majerle, it was somewhat sad to see all of them walking gingerly, probably because of all the wear-and-tear they had put on their knees during their NBA careers.

One of the intriguing conversations I had in the Hyatt lobby was with top skateboarder Chris Gentry, a Houston native doing business with some of the people who are also doing deals with NBA licensors. Chris is a very engaging cat with a magnetic vibe about him. He is one of the founders of the Pro Riders Organization, created to further the sports of skateboarding, bicycle motocross, and freestyle motocross.

That’s really all I have for my All-Star game report. I wasn’t lucky enough to get tickets to any of the events, but for some reason I’m not missing much of it. I probably would if the Rockets had a better record and were in the hunt for a top seeding in the playoffs.

John
john@YaoMingFanClub.com