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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2005 8:20 am
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changeofguards wrote:
Anyone knows the exact date on the release of the movie?


Release Date: April 15, 2005 (Houston; Top 10 Markets: April 29)

http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=6519


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2005 8:53 pm
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Boycott the movie until Yao is playing like an true all star i thinks!

Watching the movie will only further give Yao the mentality that his already "made it" and been a success. Which he hasnt. He needs to hungry!


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2005 9:02 pm
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Chuck__187 wrote:
Boycott the movie until Yao is playing like an true all star i thinks!

Watching the movie will only further give Yao the mentality that his already "made it" and been a success. Which he hasnt. He needs to hungry!


Easy for u to say. U don't even get to watch it in theaters if you want to.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2005 9:04 pm
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Chuck__187 wrote:
Boycott the movie until Yao is playing like an true all star i thinks!


May I ask WHY ??? :twisted:

This documentary of Yao Ming is nothing about his hype or fame or whether he will eventually be a NBA Hall of Famer or a great NBA legend.

It is about his hard personal struggle in his rookie season, how he overcame all the hurdles, adversaries and adversity, the tough adaption to different culture/languages and got a stronghold in the most competitive basketball league in the world, to become a poster child for the globalization of NBA and potentially its first iconic superstar from outside North America .


Just in that alone, it is worth seeing by every fans of Yao Ming !!! :shock: :P :oops: :wink:


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2005 9:06 pm
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pryuen wrote:
Chuck__187 wrote:
Boycott the movie until Yao is playing like an true all star i thinks!


May I ask WHY ??? :twisted:

This documentary of Yao Ming is nothing about his hype or fame or whether he will eventually be a NBA Hall of Famer or a great NBA legend.

It is about his hard struggle in his rookie season, how he overcame all the hurdles, adversaries and adversity, the tough adaption to different culture/languages and got a stronghold in the most competitive basketball league in the world, to become a poster child for the globalization of NBA and potentially its first iconic superstar from outside North America .


Just in that alone, it is worth seeing by every fans of Yao Ming !!! :shock: :P :oops: :wink:


He's just jealous.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2005 2:12 am
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pryuen wrote:
May I ask WHY ??? :twisted:

This documentary of Yao Ming is nothing about his hype or fame or whether he will eventually be a NBA Hall of Famer or a great NBA legend.

It is about his hard personal struggle in his rookie season, how he overcame all the hurdles, adversaries and adversity, the tough adaption to different culture/languages and got a stronghold in the most competitive basketball league in the world, to become a poster child for the globalization of NBA and potentially its first iconic superstar from outside North America .


Just in that alone, it is worth seeing by every fans of Yao Ming !!! :shock: :P :oops: :wink:


All i see is a potential superstar playing BELOW his ability INSPITE of EXCEPTED differences in adapting to the NBA.

Anyways, I'll watch his movie when IS THE FIRST ICONIC SUPERSTAR from outside North America.
Though u can argue Hakeem and Deke are the first non-north-american superstars.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2005 3:17 pm
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pryuen wrote:
.....and potentially its first iconic superstar from outside North America .....
dispense w hyping "potentials", deal w actual accomplishments.

Hakeem was the first Superstar---multiple NBA MVP & championshsip awards---from outside North America..

At this stage, Yao is a good player; not MVP-caliber---much less an iconic Superstar.

potential is meaningless if not realized, whatever the reasons; just look at zZW
pryuen wrote:
.....the tough adaption to different culture/languages and got a stronghold in the most competitive basketball league in the world,.
not as dramatic as Hakeem. Hakeem had never played organized bb before coming to the US; Yao had since age 13. Hakeem had never been outside his homeland; Yao had traveled abroad many times, including attending bb camps in the US.

Yao, aided by Team Yao & a full-time interpreter, had an easier time, as compared to Hakeem, zZW and most NBA imports.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2005 3:42 pm
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THE YEAR OF THE YAO

San Francisco Premiere

USA/China 2004 | 88mins | 35mm Color | English & Mandarin w/E.S.

In person: Directors James Stern and Adam Del Deo

March 12 screening introduced by Oliver Chin, author of THE TAO OF YAO: INSIGHTS FROM BASKETBALL'S BRIGHTEST BIG MAN, plus ESPN's Rick Bucher moderating the Q&A with the filmmakers

What is it about basketball player Yao Ming that so fascinates us? Is it the sheer spectacle of his seven-foot, six-inch frame? The emerging iconography of his buzz cut and shy smile? Does there remain some lingering Cold War intrigue with those athletes from socialist countries who excel at our game? Is it that he has shown a potential to dominate the game's power position, dismantling stereotypes about East Asian males? Or are his grace, wit and humility simply refreshing against our more jaded perceptions of professional athletes? Perhaps the most famous international figure from China since Mao Tse-tung, Yao is poised to become one of those rare transformational athletes, an impact player off the court as much as on it.

This captivating sports doc follows Yao through one of the most exciting rookie debuts in the game's history. The scrutiny that greets any highly drafted player was compounded exponentially for Yao. Not only was the 22-year-old struggling with culture shock, he was also representing the hopes of a nation of 1.2 billion people. And waiting for him in Los Angeles was Shaquille O'Neal, the game's dominant big center. However, it's Yao's gentler collisions with this new culture


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2005 6:11 pm
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Winston

You don't have to make things up just to ambush me !!! :roll:

What do you mean Hakeem had not played organized basketball before coming to USA ??
:shock:

Everyone knows Hakeem was a member of Nigerian national team since the age of 15. So I guess national team basketball in Nigeria is NOT organized basketball ??? :shock: :roll:

And before playing NBA, Hakeem had studied at the Univeristy of Houston (1981 ~ 84) , and led his team to 3 consecutive NCAA Final 4. Those 3 years' university life in University of Houston and competitive NCAA basketball had given Hakeem MORE THAN sufficient time to adapt to US culture, customs and language, and prepared him MUCH BETTER than Yao Ming for NBA. :roll: :oops: :wink:

[quote=" http://www.answers.com/topic/hakeem-olajuwon "]

[i]Olajuwon, Hakeem, 1963


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2005 2:19 am
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Constipated Raymond, u've been ODing on the prune juice again .
    again, Hakeem was the first superstar nbaer from outside north america. Yao is a good player, but never been
    named to an all-nba team, much less MVP-caliber, nor superstar. :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops:
Hakeem was on nigeria's national soccer team--as a goalkeeper---not basketball. he did played pick-up bb; he was noticed by an American stationed in nigeria. At his recommendation, UH headcoach, Guy Lewis, offered Hakeem a bb scholarship, sight unseen.

also, he didn't lead UH's team for 3 yrs. when he first arrived, he was skinny w limited bb skills, but extremely athletic w cat-like quickness. as a Freshman, he didn't start, mainly used as a reserve. the leaders were the phi slamma jamma like clyde drexler.

by his 2nd yr, he transformed himself into a blithely muscled well-rounded bber.

pryuen wrote:
.... had given Hakeem MORE THAN sufficient time to adapt to US culture, customs and language, and prepared him MUCH BETTER than Yao Ming for NBA. ...
damn ur biased.

18-yr old Hakeem had to hit the books (in a new language) & learn bb (on his own, without the aid of a translator)

22-yr old Yao had to play bb only, wthe aid of Team Yao and a full-time translator---an easier time


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