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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2010 9:00 pm
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Big Yao's first public interview in the Western world about becoming a father..... 8)

FOX26 Friday......


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Exclusive: Yao Ming Talks About Becoming a Father

Houston Rockets center Yao Ming knows his fans all over the world are hopeful his first child will be a great basketball player, but China's most famous athlete admits that is hardly a priority for him right now.

He also said he and his wife,Ye Li, plan to have two children.

Last month one of Yao's agents confirmed he and his wife are expecting their first child.

Yao spoke with FOX 26 Sports Friday. It was his first interview since learning he would become a father for the first time.

"Life is not just about basketball, " said Yao. "They will find out their life. I don't want to control their future, just like my parents didn't want to control mine. They didn't tell me when I was growing up, when they raised me.

"Of course there are a lot of guys around me (who told me) your parents were great basketball players. You should play. You can learn a lot of experience from them. My parents don't. They said 'alright do whatever you like.' I just follow their way."

Like Yao and his wife, Ye Li, Yao's parents also played for China's national team.

"People care about that I have a baby because they are thinking 'well your baby is going to play basketball in the future or not,'" Yao said. "Will it be another good basketball player?

"This is too far from now. It's just too far. I think we don't need to worry about that right now. We can wait for a few years."

While Yao is not worried about whether his first child will be a great athlete, if basketball becomes important, there is lesson number one.

"Hopefully he or she can make a dunk," Yao said.

"First of all I hope (whether) he (or she) plays basketball or not, (I hope) he has a better ankle than me and a better knee than my wife. She had a knee injury when she played basketball."

Yao will not play during the 2009-10 season because of surgery on his left foot and ankle. A knee injury ended his wife's career with the Chinese national team.

Despite speculation to the contrary, Yao is not ready to confirm if he is going to have a boy or a girl. He wants it to be a surprise.

When Yao first received word he is going to be a father he was stunned by the news.

"I feel my blood running to my head already and I can't wait to tell people, but I think that it's kind of a tradition in China, you won't tell anybody until three months," Yao said.

"I don't know about here, but we only tell both (grand)parents and that's all. We keep it a secret."

Yao is always sensitive to Chinese tradition, but keeping this news under wraps wasn't easy.

"It's very hard," Yao said. "It's been very, very hard. You kind of feel that it is the best thing you ever get in your life.

"That's something that inspires you."

Once the news was out that Yao will become a father soon, he began getting advice from everywhere, especially from within the Rockets team.

"It's easy to say right now I am going to take more responsibility and I have to take care of my family," Yao said. "It's easy to say, but harder is how to do it.

"I have to say I have no experience now and I've been told by some of my teammates, (guard) Aaron Brooks, you know he's younger than me. He tells me his experience of how to be a father. That's very strange."

It will be real strange if the 7'6 Yao Ming hits the floor when his child his born like he jokingly fears.

"Hope I'm not passed out," Yao said. "I will put my baby on the bed before I pass out."

He is also keenly aware that dad has to take care of the baby when mother is not available and that can mean some long nights for a professional athlete who needs his sleep.

"I think next season I come back to play with some sleepy eyes, people don't be surprised," Yao said.

Yao said he and his wife have already come to grips with the fact the birth of their first child is world-wide news

"I have to deal with that," Yao said. "I really appreciate a lot of guys pray for my baby.

"I got a lot of e-mails and messages so happy about (me) having a baby. It's all good things. I appreciate those people who really care."

After Yao and his wife have their first child, they will look forward to having another.

"I plan to have more than one kid because you know the law we have in China, one child for each family," Yao said. "I feel a little bit lonely when growing up.

"I still had a lot of neighborhood kids, played together. I would liked to have had either a big brother or sister to protect me or a younger brother or sister I can command.

"In our situation we are allowed. Me and my wife are both only child from our families. Follow law we can have two."

In a few months Yao, his wife and all of their relatives will celebrate a new addition to their family.

At some point after the baby is born Yao will share his joy with the world, but not right away.

"I try to enjoy (my) privacy," Yao said. "That's a big time for our family.

"The next generation come out. While it's not the first kid in our family, a big family, but still big for me. I have no words now. I have no words."

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 12:59 am
User avatarPosts: 59329Location: Hong Kong/ChinaJoined: Tue Feb 25, 2003 5:13 am
And the Chinese fans are all getting crazy........

They have dedicated threads in the basketball forums
  • to guess the height of
  • to suggest the name of
  • as well as the look of
Yao's daughter....

The overwhelming favorite name is Yao Yuchun ....after that of the Super Girl Li Yuchun, whose facial resemblance to Yao Ming had always been a popular topic in China.

And the following is one of the many photoshopped look of Yao Ming's daughter !!
:P :lol: :D


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 8:15 am
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That photoshop is hilarious. Congrats Yao and Ye Li; but we need a son! :)

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