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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2008 10:08 pm
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Yao Ming
is still thinking on whether he should retire from international basketball or not............... :P


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Yao: Playing for China is a big honor

By Hu Yinan
China Daily Staff Writer
Updated: 2008-08-22 07:38


The longest 13 days in Yao Ming's 27 years of life ended on Wednesday after China lost to Lithuania. That the Chinese men's basketball team could not create an impact in Beijing re-ignited rumors over his retirement from the Olympics.

But the NBA star was not ready to answer that question with a straight yes or no.


"Playing for the country and competing in the Olympics is a big, big honor," he said in his trademark ambiguous tone. "I knew about the Olympics before I learned about the NBA ... playing in the Olympics was my childhood dream."

Yao was straightforward with his best wishes for Liu Xiang, though. The ace Chinese hurdler pulled out off the heats with an injured Achilles tendon. "Liu still has a long career before him," Yao said.

"He will strive to bring more honor to us. Please understand him Injury is part of our career it just happens sometimes."


The Chinese men's basketball team finished eighth, equaling its best Games record of two wins and four defeats, including a heartbreaking loss to Spain.

Everyone agrees the team has given an improved performance. For his part, Yao said he was "really, really proud" of his teammates, who "played with courage and (gave) all they could give".

"We're still not (among) the best few teams in the world our players (need) to become stronger, quicker and more experienced (but) it's always easy to say, of course," the 7-foot-6 giant said at a media briefing, organized in Beijing by Coca-Cola.


He is proud of the Beijing Games, he said, and thankful to those who devoted their seven years for its preparation. "All (this) shows how we love sport and how we love communicating with the entire world I hope we'll get more opportunities like this."

NBA superstar LeBron James, too, was present at the briefing, and presented an autographed, 2-m version of a "Unity Bottle" of Coke.

James applauded China's Games performance on home soil, saying the country had done "an excellent job".

Yao responded, in a lighter vein, though: "(More than) 40 golds may be surprising, but compare it with 1.3 billion people (in China) - I think it's pretty normal."


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2008 10:32 pm
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A few photos of Big Yao and Lebron James at yesterday's Coca Cola commercial activity.

The 2M Coca Cola Unity Bottle with the signatures of Yao Ming and Lebron James will be donated to Yao Foundation to raise fund for vicims of Sichuan earthquake.

When asked about Yao Ming's immediate plan/schedule now that his 2008 Olympic journey is over, Yao Ming listed a few:

  • He is going to stay in Beijing in the next few days for Olympics until the closing ceremony.
  • He will return home to Shanghai, as he has been away from home for almost a year now.
  • He will take rest for a week before he will resume his workout/training
  • He will visit the earthquake-affected areas in Sichuan sometimes in September, probably after his 28th birthday (September 12th), and before his return to Houston to be ready for the preseason training camp.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 12:43 am
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If Yao is serious about winning an NBA championship, then he MUST retire from CNT. Right now he is still emotionally attached to the Olympics and CNT but once that is over and he sits down and assess his plans for the next 4 years, then he will recognize that he has no choice but to retire from CNT.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 3:08 pm
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Tang Man wrote:
If Yao is serious about winning an NBA championship, then he MUST retire from CNT. Right now he is still emotionally attached to the Olympics and CNT but once that is over and he sits down and assess his plans for the next 4 years, then he will recognize that he has no choice but to retire from CNT.



i dunno about retiring. reduced workout with CNT for sure. But if uve been following the olympics, and see his emotion, and feel his heart, there is no doublt that to compete for your own country is the biggest honor and glory you have

olympic > nba
its in his heart, and mine as well

maybe he can have 2 or 3 yrs rest and during 4th yr play with them, sort of like wut Manu G did


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 3:20 pm
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he should threaten to retire unless they actually find a guard who can bring the ball up the floor so he doesnt run down for no reason like he does half the time.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 12:08 am
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Yao should increase his speed. He is now slowing down his teams, both the CNT and the Rockets.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 6:55 am
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These articles are also a good read

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/5964053.html
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 6:56 am
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http://www.nba.com/rockets/news/Beijing ... -1664.html

[quote]End of the Line for Yao, China

Loss to Lithuania knocks China out of Olympic tournament

Jason Friedman
Rockets.com Staff Writer

HOUSTON - There's a reason the Olympic Games are one of the world's great sports spectacles. Very few events, if any, have the capacity to simulataneously shine a spotlight on the ectasty and agony of competition the way the Olympics do. They reveal the best -- and the worst-- of the human spirit. They unite and they divide. And while they produce their fair share of heartwarming stories, they can also be exceptionally cruel as well.

After all, how else would one describe an event which so often rewards an athlete's lifetime of hard work and sacrifice by dashing their dreams in the blink of an eye?

In the case of Yao Ming and his Chinese teammates, "blink of an eye" must be loosely redefined as a week and a half. Yet that should not diminish just how quickly these Games flew by for the host nation. Ten days ago, the Chinese men's basketball team was basking in the glow of an adoring crowd while opening play in prime time against Team USA. There was Yao, playing with his heart on his sleeve, imploring his club from the court and the bench. For a brief while, China even enjoyed a second quarter lead against the superstar-laden American squad. But there would be no fairy tale finish for the hosts that day. The superior talent of the U.S. won out, and China fell 101-70.

Today, Yao and Co. came full circle. After a solid first half against the heavily-favored Lithuanians, China was undone by yet another team which simply possessed far more skill and experience. Final score: 94-68. And with that, their Games were done. There would be no best-ever finish, no miraculous medal moment. That dream gets placed on hold for at least another four years. For players, like Yao, who spent the past seven years preparing for this coming-out party before their homeland, it's a bitter pill to swallow.

But there is plenty of hope to be had, too. Not only did China show it could momentarily hang with elite teams like Lithuania and the U.S., it also had the world champs from Spain on the ropes in what has thus far been the game of the tournament.

"You know what, I really feel proud for my team this year," said Yao in an exclusive interview with Rockets.com. "When we talked about this team four years ago, everybody said,


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