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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2006 1:05 pm
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Go to to see the article.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2006 1:22 pm
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seiya wrote:

And here is the full article !!! :P :oops: :wink:


Who's better than Shaq? Yao -- and how

By Matt Steinmetz - SportingNews

Now is as good a time as any.

It's time to call the Rockets' Yao Ming what he is: the best center in the NBA. Yes, there's that small matter of the big fella in Miami, but the reality is that the gradual upward arc of Yao has intersected the inevitable downward arc of Shaquille O'Neal.

That's nothing against Shaq. It's just that Father Time doesn't lose matchups.

O'Neal still is the most dominant player in the NBA. . . . at times. But Yao has O'Neal beat when it comes to production game in and game out.

Forget for a moment that the scoring and rebounding stats have swung in Yao's favor. The most pertinent numbers are 34 and 25. O'Neal is 34, and the cold, hard fact is he's getting worse, not better. Yao is 25 and by almost any objective measure has yet to reach his prime. In four of the past five seasons, including this one, O'Neal has missed at least 15 games. Yao had been an iron man for three-plus seasons before a toe injury sidelined him for six weeks in December and January.

But since his return, Yao has been relentlessly good, with the lone exception a 6-point blip on the radar against the Suns. O'Neal, to his credit, has been doing his thing since returning from an ankle injury in mid-December. But his big games aren't quite as big as they used to be, and they're coming a little more infrequently.

Then, of course, there's foul shooting. Popular opinion suggests O'Neal hits his foul shots when they matter. Perhaps, but O'Neal has shot less than 50 percent from the line in each of the past two playoff series his teams have lost.

Yao, who is hitting 83.2 percent from the line this season, is Houston's best free throw shooter and is shooting more free throws now that he has become a bigger part of the offense. Yao no longer is willing to go long stretches without being a factor. His selflessness, frequently cited by critics as a significant shortcoming, is diminishing. He asserts himself these days, and his teammates are giving him the basketball whenever he demands it.

In his first nine games after the All-Star break, Yao's numbers were jaw-dropping: 27.8 points, 13.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game. What's more, the Rockets were 7-2 in those games and Tracy McGrady wasn't around for a couple of them.

It's no wonder that even reluctant praiser Jeff Van Gundy calls Yao the "best regular-season center in the NBA." That obvious qualifier no doubt is in deference to O'Neal, who, unlike Yao, has done big things in the playoffs. Yao's playoff resume is skimpy when compared with O'Neal's.

That the Rockets are even talking playoffs, though, is largely because of Yao. Houston will head toward the homestretch without McGrady, who might miss the remainder of the regular season because of a back injury. So it's on Yao to guide what has become a severely undermanned squad to eighth place in the Western Conference standings.

That's a big-time challenge -- the kind O'Neal, in his prime, likely would have been up for. And the kind Yao, in just his fourth season, seems ready to handle.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2006 1:40 pm
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I guess we should have a dedicated thread to post all the media/basketball experts rave for Yao Ming, as more and more of them impressed with Yao Ming's surge have joined the wagon !!!

The Q&A of David Dupree.

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Singapore: Hi Dave, wow, Yao's really turned it up a notch. Do you think that this will quiet some of the idiotic criticisms about him? I still think that the problem with the Rockets ain't Yao, it's Tracy's back and the cruddy and inconsistent supporting cast around them. Your views? Jeff

David DuPree: Yao has been the most dominant player in the league since the all-star break, and he's made believers out of a lot of people. He will only get better, too. What has been most impressive is that he is getting to the free-throw line more, too. He's really being more physical. When you talk about one guy to build a team around, taking age and everything else into consideration, I think you have to consider him in the top four along with Tim Duncan, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.

manila, Philippines: Hi David,i admire you as one the most objective and intelligent writers out there. My question is, what do you think of yao ming's suddenly great performace and do you think he can sustain it? Danny

David DuPree: Yao is healthy and well rested, and is comfortable in his role. He is a very intelligent player and knows how to use his size as well as anyone. I love the way he plays.

keith, towson MD: Hi Dave, You're one of the few sportswriters who has praised Yao. Why do you think so many people still continue to criticize him, even after his dominant play over the last month and a half? For example, a recent ESPN highlight repeatedly showed Yao getting dunked on (leaving one head to say "Yao is turning into the next Shawn Bradley") even though he dropped 25 and 10 on the Spurs WITHOUT T-MAC!

David DuPree: Some people hold it against him that he is so tall, and others felt he was so hyped they were expecting him to be Wilt Chamberlain. He had to learn the nuances of the NBA game and get used to the players being so quick and strong. I look at the potential and still feel he is only tapping what he can do. In two years, he will be the most dominant player in the league.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2006 2:15 pm
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Aye, knowing we will miss the playoffs, at least we can rejoice in the fact that Yao has FINALLY broken through. Good job Yao!

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2006 2:47 pm
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Nice articles. I just hope Yao can keep it up. Dam Yaos getting more and more hype..........and i know he can keep on proving himself.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2006 4:34 pm
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Bandwagon jumpers. :roll: They will stab Yao in the back once he have a slump.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2006 6:00 pm
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Bandwagon jumpers. :roll: They will stab Yao in the back once he have a slump.

You know it

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2006 6:19 pm
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Ping Ni wrote:
Bandwagon jumpers. :roll: They will stab Yao in the back once he have a slump.

Did you bother to read ???

David Dupree used to be most objective and fair whenever he wrote about Yao Ming. IMHO, he is not a Bandwagon jumper. :roll:

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2006 6:36 pm
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so now we have u.s.a today not racist, and sportign news.

when they start hating again they be racist again

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