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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 6:01 pm
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Tomorrow (September 12) will be Yao Ming's 31st birthday.

Let's put down your birthday wishes for him.


I just want to wish him all the best and success in every of his future endeavors, whether they be his Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks team, his Yao Foundation charity activities, his other new business initiatives, and his studies.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 6:15 pm
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Actually Big Yao will be very busy this whole September.

Not sure whether he will have time to celebrate his birthday with family and friends.

He was in Guangzhou the past few days.

He was there to discuss some new charity initiatives/co-operation matters with his commercial endorser, Guangdong By-health Biotechonology Co., Ltd 汤臣倍健. They (i.e. Yao Ming Foundation and Guangdong By-Health) could join hand in building at least another Project Hope primary school in either the poor and backward province of Guizhou or at the Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture (湘西土家族苗族自治州), an autonomous prefecture of China located in western Hunan province.

He also did the filming of a new commercial for Guangdong By-Health while he was there.

His endorser orginally planned to throw a pre-celebration party for him but being a low-profile guy, Big Yao politely declined.

Instead Guangdong By-Health chairman presented Big Yao with the following caligraphy works as his birthday present.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 6:40 pm
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And starting next week, we will be able to see MORE of Yao Ming.

He will be joining the China national team in the 2011 FIBA Asian Championship in Wuhan from September 15 ~ 25.......NOT as a player but as a sports commentator for CCTV5.

He is a man of action and lives to honor his words;
he had said it before even though he could not represent China any more, he will still make an effort to go there to Wuhan to cheer and rave support for the team.

And this time, he did it differently.

He had accepted CCTV5 invitation to be the honorary guest/commentator on every of China's competition in the Championship. He will join hand with his best friend Yu Jia, famous CCTV5 basketball analyst/commentator as compere/commentator for 7 to 8 of China's competitions throughout the Championship to be televised live throughout China.

And he did it all out of his love for basketball and the national team; he had not asked for big appearance money, but CCTV5 will give him a token of RMB 500 for each game that he acts as commentator.

The Organizing Committee had also prepared a special box seat at the Wuhan Sports Centre for Yao Ming; the special box seat will be numbered 11, Big Yao's NBA jersey number at the Houston Rockets and can accommodate up to 18 persons. And it was revealed that during the Championship, Big Yao will probably invite his family, relatives and friends to the scene to cheer and support the national team.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 7:14 pm
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And right after the 2011 FIBA Asian Championship in Wuhan, Yao Ming will be on the road again.

He will take his Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks to travel to Australia to participate in the Cable Beach Invitational in Broome of Western Australia, from September 30 to October 1, featuring Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks, NBL Perth Wildcats, the Indonesian national team and the Singapore Slingers.


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Former NBA star Yao Ming to support
Shanghai Sharks in Cable Beach Invitational

by Justin Chadwick

September 07, 2011

Former NBA star and China's most famous basketballer Yao Ming will be making his way to Western Australia later this month for the four-team Cable Beach Invitational tournament in Broome.

Yao, who at 229cm was a giant of the game before injury forced his retirement earlier this year, won't play in the September 30 - October 1 series but is instead there to support the team he owns - the Shanghai Sharks.

The 30-year-old played for the Sharks for five seasons before being snared by the Houston Rockets with pick No.1 in the 2002 NBA draft.

He went on to play more that 500 NBA games, with his decorated career helping convert tens of millions of Chinese people into basketball fans.

The Cable Beach Invitational, which also features NBL outfit the Perth Wildcats, the Indonesian national team and the Singapore Slingers, will be played on a custom-made outdoor court overlooking Cable Beach, with ESPN Star to provide live coverage of the event.

"Not only will this elevate the profile of the event, but also provide a great opportunity to showcase our extraordinary state to Yao Ming's millions of Chinese fans," WA Tourism Minister Kim Hames said of Yao's presence.

"He is an eight-time NBA All-Star and one of the world's most recognisable sports personalities."

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 10:38 am
Posts: 314Location: CaliforniaJoined: Sun Aug 03, 2008 7:20 pm
Thanks for the events update, Pryuen

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