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Yao and McGrady reunite for one night

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012
by John

If you didn’t know, Tracy McGrady is now playing in the Chinese Basketball Association. It’s not going well for his new team, the Qingdao Double Star Eagles. They are winless in the new season. Coincidentally, they played Yao Ming‘s winless (0-3) Shanghai Sharks Sunday afternoon in Shanghai.

Surprisingly, there are still lots of McGrady fans in China from his days playing with Yao in Houston. Many of them showed up at the game to pay homage.

December 2nd, 2012 - Tracy McGrady fans await his arrival in Shanghai to play Yao Ming's Shanghai Sharks

December 2nd, 2012 - Tracy McGrady fans await his arrival in Shanghai to play Yao Ming's Shanghai Sharks

On top of that, millions of basketball fans in China were looking forward to watching on TV Yao and McGrady meet up, hopefully on the court for all to see. But unfortunately it didn’t happen. The only solace was McGrady pointing to Yao up in the stands.

December 2nd, 2012 - Tracy McGrady points to Yao Ming in the stands

December 2nd, 2012 - Yao Ming and wife Ye Li watch the Shanghai Sharks play Tracy McGrady's Qingdao team

Yao and McGrady were scheduled to have dinner the night before, but it had to be postponed since Qingdao’s head coach arranged for a team meeting that conflicted with it.

But they were able to meet up Sunday evening after the game. No really good photos are available other than the one below with Yao, McGrady and other guys on The Bund after dinner.

December 2nd, 2012 - Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady on The Bund in Shanghai after Yao's Sharks played McGrady's Qingdao team

Although McGrady played well (23 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks), Qingdao lost their 4th game in a row, and are 0-4 on the season.

Fortunately for Yao, his Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks played their best game of the season, snapped their own winless streak, and now have a 1-3 record.

For more photos and coverage of the game and the events around it, click here.

Yao and his Sharks at the beach in Australia

Sunday, September 30th, 2012
by John

Last week Yao was in Perth, Australia to watch his Shanghai Sharks play in the Cable Beach Invitational basketball tournament for the second consecutive year. Also competing in the tourney were the Perth Wildcats, Singapore Slingers, and CBA team Zhejiang Guangsha Lions.

Below Yao is pictured in front of the Perth skyline with Andrew Vhahov, the owner of the Perth Wildcats.

September 24th, 2012 - Yao Ming poses with Perth Wildcats owner Andrew Vlahov with the Perth skyline behind them

As evident through its name, the tournament is held in a unique setting: on the beach. Below Yao shoots on Wednesday, 9/26, some free throws on the temporary court setup on the beach, with friend and former teammate Liu Wei looking on.

September 26th, 2012 - Yao Ming shoots free throws on the temporary court where the Cable Beach Invitational basketball tournament is played

Below is another photo of the court as the Sharks played the Lions later that night [the Sharks won the game).

September 27th, 2012 - a game on the court at the Cable Beach tournament between Shanghai and the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions

The next day (the 27th), Yao looked on as his Sharks beat Singapore 49-40. Below is a unique photo of Yao with other fans that you normally don’t see:

September 27th, 2012 - Yao Ming sits in the stands next to small children as he watches is Shanghai Sharks beat Singapore

Yao couldn’t stick around for the Sharks’ final game of the tournament against the Perth Wildcats on Thursday the 28th, having to fly back to Shanghai. Below a few people snapped photos of Yao at the Guangzhou airport (where he arrived from Perth on his way to Shanghai) going through security just like anyone else.

September 28th, 2012 - Yao Ming goes through security at the Perth airport as he returns to China

And below is a photo of Yao with some of the flight crew.

September 28th, 2012 - the flight crew on Yao Ming's flight poses for a picture with him as he returns back to China from Perth, Australia

Unfortunately for Yao’s Sharks while he was traveling, they lost their game against the Perth Wildcats 71-37.

Yao’s Sharks play UCLA in Shanghai [pics]

Thursday, August 30th, 2012
by John

On Tuesday night, the UCLA men’s basketball team played Yao’s Shanghai Sharks on the last stop of their tour of China over the past week.

August 28th, 2012 - The UCLA Spirt Team performs for the crowd in Shanghai during a game between the Sharks and Bruins

August 28th, 2012 - The UCLA Bruins play against the Shanghai Sharks in Shanghai

Before the game, Yao was introduced to the crowd.

August 28th, 2012 - Yao Ming enters the UCLA-Shanghai Sharks game

The top sportsbook reviews probably didn’t have odds on the game because it was an exhibition game, but UCLA won 92-63 in a game that was closer than what the final score indicates.

The Sharks played without key starters, and were able to hang close into the fourth quarter before UCLA made defensive stops to pull away on a 19-2 run.

UCLA coach Ben Howland said after the game, “They were making a good run. They were a good team, good coaching.”

Click here for more photos from the game.

You can also find more photos from the game on the UCLA Men’s basketball team Facebook photo album for the game right here.

Yao’s Sharks win 6th in a row; sign Carl Landry’s brother

Saturday, January 7th, 2012
by John

Yao Ming’s Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks won their 6th game in a row a couple of days ago in Shanghai, beating the Foshan Draglions 95-88. As usual, Yao and his wife were in attendance.

January 4th, 2012 - Yao Ming watches his Shanghai Sharks win their 6th game in a row

The Sharks’ winning streak has pushed their record to 11-8 and has them tied with three other teams for the 8th seed in the playoffs if they were played today.

Unfortunately, one of the Sharks’ two allowed ex-pat players, Ryan Forehan Kelly, ruptured his Achilles tendon last week. But former Rocket Mike Harris picked up the slack, scoring 25 points and grabbing 14 boards.

The Sharks have signed Carl Landry’s brother, Marcus Landry, to replace Kelly. Landry arrived in Shanghai on Friday (see below).

January 6th, 2012 - Marcus Landry arrives in Shanghai

For more information about Marcus Landry’s career, click here.

Yao’s Sharks pull off biggest upset of season; plus, pics of former Rockets playing in China (Brooks, Harris)

Thursday, December 15th, 2011
by John

Yao Ming’s Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks arguably pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the Chinese Basketball Association this season. On Wednesday night in Shanghai, the Sharks beat the Xinjiang Guanghui Flying Tigers who are coached by Bob Donewald, the Sharks’ former coach who left this season for a bigger contract with Xingjiang.

December 14th, 2011 - Yao Ming and wife Ye Li attend a Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks game
Yao Ming and Ye Li watch the Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks play the Xinjiang Guanghui Flying Tigers.

To make things even sweeter, Donewald had raised the ire of Sharks fans earlier in the preseason when he said the Sharks weren’t very good, and that even with Yao Ming playing for them the Sharks couldn’t beat Xinjiang.

It has been a tough season for the Sharks this season, who are now 3-7 and have lost their last four road games. They also played against Xingjiang without their start guard, Liu Wei, because of an injury. But former Rockets’ player Mike Harris played another great game for the Sharks, leading the team with 24 points and 8 rebounds.

December 14th, 2011 - Former Houston Rocket Mike Harris posts up for his Shanghai Sharks team
Former Rocket Mike Harris posts up for Yao’s team, the Shanghai Sharks.

Xingjiang was led by two former NBA players (no wonder this loss was an upset). Patty Mills, who played for Portland the past couple of seasons, scored 22 points (10-of-14 from the field), grabbed 7 rebounds, and had 3 assists. Mills scored 14 points in the third quarter, but was invisible in the fourth quarter.

December 14th, 2011 - Patty Mills in a game against the Shanghai Sharks
Former Portland Trailblazer Patty Mills.

Former Denver Nugget Kenyon Martin played one of his best offensive games of the season, scoring 20 points (9-of-16 FGs) and grabbed 8 rebounds.

Click here for more game details, and here for more game photos.

Meanwhile, on the same evening in a different game, former Rocket Aaron Brooks had another standout game for the Guangdong Dongguan Bank Hongyuan Tigers, recording his second consecutive double-double in scoring 21 points (5-of-7 3-pointers) and doling out 10 dimes. It’s strange to see Aaron in a Chinese uniform playing for an all-Chinese crowd.

December 14th, 2011 - Aaron Brooks puts up a shot for the Guangdong Dongguan Bank Hongyuan Tigers

December 14th, 2011 - Aaron Brooks drives to the basket for his Guangdong Dongguan Bank Hongyuan Tigers

December 14th, 2011 - Aaron Brooks drives to the basket for his Guangdong Dongguan Bank Hongyuan Tigers

Brooks signed a $2 million contract (pretty big for the CBA) back when it looked like the NBA wouldn’t be having a season. Brooks can’t opt out of his contract in China, but the CBA regular season ends in February, which could give him enough time for him to sign-on as a free agent for an NBA team this season. However, because his team is doing so well and they are expected to play deep into the playoffs, he could be playing in China into April. That could make it difficult for him to sign with an NBA team before their rosters need to be set.

Pics of Yao in Australia; Yao buys a gift for his wife

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011
by John

Yao Ming has been in Australia the past few days for an invitational basketball tournament involving his Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks. The games are being played in a very unique location — an outdoor basketball court on Cable Beach in a town called Broome.

September 30th, 2011 - The Cable Beach Invitational Basketball Tournament court is located on the beach

Yao said, “Even though I am retired I want to go there and shoot a couple of baskets, it would be a fantastic experience.”

On Saturday, Yao and his wife Ye Li were able to get out and do some shopping in Broome, and Yao bought his wife some pearls.

October 1st, 2011 - Yao Ming and Ye Li shop for pearls in Broome, Australia

October 1st, 2011 - Yao Ming puts a necklace on his wife Ye Li in Broome, Australia while shopping

Click here for more photos of Yao and Ye Li shopping.

Later that evening, Yao’s Sharks were thrashed by the NBL Perth Wildcats 66-23, the same margin of defeat they had last year against Perth (more info on the game here).

In the Sharks’ previous game at the Cable Beach Invitational Tournament, they were able to scrap out a 45-41 win against the Indonesia National Team.