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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 1:13 am
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Yao Ming has left China and back to Houston for his checkup of the progress of his injured foot.

[color=darkred]But last week on January 13 (Wednesday), he had received an exclusive interview from Xinhua News Agency, on their program [b]Insight

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 1:23 am
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The 10 minute video will be made available in another hour or so. 8)

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 1:25 am
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The interview was extra-ordinarily lengthy.....

It might take me a while, as I'm struggling whether I should just summarize it, or translate it word by word.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 2:15 am
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The 10 minute video of the interview.....

Might be a bit slow to load, but definitely it is worth watching as it summarized some of the activities of Yao Ming in China since he came back from Houston in mid December.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 2:46 am
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The part on 2010 Shanghai EXPO.



  • When asked when did he learnt that Shanghai was selected as the host city for the 2010 EXPO, Yao Ming said he only knew it when he visited the Aichi 2005 EXPO in Japan, 3 years after Shanghai was picked as the host city for the 2010 EXPO. He was then already picked as the Global Ambassador of the 2010 Shanghai EXPO.
  • He said he had to do alot of homework to study about EXPO so as to be a competent Global Ambassador for the 2010 Shanghai EXPO.
  • When asked what he had done so far for the EXPO, Yao Ming said he was involved in past in a few promotional activities, and had personally taken the initiative to launch the public services campaign of "Let the Stars Tour You in the EXPO" to urge other celebrities and stars of China to join in the rank of subsidizing poor kids/orphans to tour the EXPO.
  • When asked whether he had visited the pavillions at the EXPO, he said he had not yet the opportunity but he will definitely find time to do so, cos the Aichi 2005 EXPO had left a lasting good impression with him.
  • When asked which pavillions he will visit, he said definitely he will visit China's pavillion, to take a look at his country's future, the concept of urban development, concepts and technology. He would also like to visit pavillions of the African and Scandinavian countries. He thought as most African countires are relatively poor and under-developed, they should have greater potential for urban development. As for the Scandinavian countries, he always felt those countries did better job in environment protection and most of those countries are so beautiful, and they fully integrate into the nature, reaching harmony between man and nature.
  • When asked what 2010 Shanghai EXPO meant to him, he said Shanghai World Expo is a global event, where every country is displaying their national strength, economic, cultural, technological and social development achievements; it also provides a platform of exchanges and co-operation between countries, cities and enterprises. The 2010 Shanghai EXPO is anticipated to attract more than 70 million visitors with most of them young people. So to him, the EXPO is a full display of today's civilization, as well as a guide to future development.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 3:05 am
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The part on his future child.

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  • When asked whether he had already decided on the name of the child, Yao Ming said they had not, as they are still discussing about what names they should choose.
  • He had earlier pleaded publicly to the media that he and his wife be given more space and privacy and a quiet environment for the forthcoming child; he said it was a paradox; the media will keep bombarding him about his future child, but then repeat his request/plead in the newspapers/websites; but then in the other interviews, reporters will ask him the same question about his child over and over again.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 3:35 am
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The part about his injury and his view of the post Yao era Chinese basketball

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  • When asked about his view of future prospect of China in the 2010 World Championship, Yao Ming is of the opinion that China should set targets and sights further and beyond just the 2010 World Championship. He said China should set plans and targets for longer term, and not just eyed on short term. If results is what the authorities want for the 2010 World Championship, 2010 Asian Games, or 2011 Asian Championship, then definitely they should send their best players.
  • But he thought longer term targets/goals should be set for Chinese basketball, and focus be placed to select young players of great potential, and give them opportunities to grow and develop and gain experience in some lesser tournaments.
  • As for himself, he said given his current situation, he definitely will miss the 2010 World Championship.
  • When asked about a definite time table when he will be able to return to court to play, Yao Ming said it will have to be at least by July 20 timeframe, i.e. 1 year after his surgery that a more objective assessment could be made on how his injured left foot had recuperated, and whether he can resume playing basketball.
  • When asked what kind of support and help he gave Liu Xiang, whose withdrawal from the 2008 Beijing Olympics was a total shock to the country and the world, Yao Ming said Liu Xiang is a rare elite athlete of China; he deserved all the care and attention from everyone and not just from him alone. He just wanted to pas over to Liu Xiang some of his past expereince of rehabilitation from injury and he just showed his support and help as a friend.
  • He also came back to the previous subject of setting longer term goals. He pleaded the Chinese fans to lower their expectation for Liu Xiang on his comeback trail to a world class level athlete. He said in order for Liu Xiang to be able to return to his peak competitive form and shape, he needs time and patience. After all, he did not just break the 12.88 seconds record overnight. It had been years of hard work, starting from learning how to hurdle, and then gradually improved from 14 seconds to 13 plus seconds and then to 12.88 seconds. He said in his opinion, Liu Xiang was doing great in his comeback trail, having won in the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix in September and the China National Game in November.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 3:58 am
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MORE on Chinese basketball.

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  • When asked how he viewed the "good" drawing results of the China national team in the 2010 World Championship based on the premise that he could return to play, Yao Ming thought it is outside of his jurisdication as a player to comment. He said this belongs to the jurisdiction of the head coach of the national team, and he does not want to say anything to influence the player selection or in other areas about the national team.
  • When asked about his opinion on the "China is Second Tier in Asia" theory of the CBA Commissioner Xin Lancheng, Yao Ming said he had communicated with Xin before, and Xin told him that he had not make such comment; he only said that the level and standards of basketball of other Asian countries had already caught up with China.
  • Yao Ming said it is a fact that the level and standards of other Asian countries had caught up with China, and China is no longer as dominant as they were in the past. But to him that is a good thing. As the competitive level goes up, it will also push/motivate China to improve. If China only excels in winning 20 some points over their Asian opponents in Asian Championships, but keeps on losing 20 to 30 points to the rest of the world in the World Championships or the Olympics, Chinese basketball will always stay put and will never improve to world class.
  • He then used the example of Wang Zhizhi to prove this point. He said if there was not the competition of Bayi Rockets and Wang Zhizhi during his CBA years, he would not have the motivation and drive to become what he is now today.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 4:49 am
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The part on Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks

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  • When asked whether he was satisfied about the current results of Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks, Yao Ming said the Shanghai Sharks played extremely well, and was exceeding his original modest expectations. He said the good results so far had to be attributed to the players giving them all in games and during training. He also thanked the support of the fans.
  • But he still felt that his team still requires time and patience to grow and develop into a more solid team, and he hoped the players will continue to train and play hard for the rest of the season, and the summer, and then future seasons.
  • When asked how he viewed that fans had rushed into the staidum just to see him, and not the Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks, he said as long as the fans buy tickets for the game, it does not matters as he is also a member of the Shanghai Sharks.
  • When asked whether he likes being called Boss Yao, he said he could not stop others from doing so.
  • When asked whether he had yet any communications or meetings with his fomer mentor, and head coach of Shanghai Sharks, Li Qiuping, he said he had yet to contact or meet Li Qiuping since his return.
  • When asked to comment on the controversies surrounding him and his mentor Li Qiuping and his childhood buddy, Liu Wei, and whether he had changed as he had grown rich, Yao Ming said the 3 of them had been and will be closely linked to the past, present and future of Shanghainese basketball. He said both Li and Liu had contributed much to Shanghai basketball, and had been with the team for a long time. But he thought everyone should have one common goal, and i.e. they all want to contribute to Shanghai basketball and they all want the team to become better and better. And therefore, when choices and decisions had to be made about the future of the team, sometimes it is very tough to make those decisions and choices. He said these decisions were tough to make, cos alot of the players including himself were brought up and trained by Li Qiuping, but he thought there is 2 sides to every coin, and he just wants to make this team better.
  • When asked how he evaluate the performance of the head coach, Bob Donewald Jr so far, Yao Ming said they spent a huge effort in recruiting Bob Donewald Jr. They had screened and shortlisted him out of 30 some candidates; his requirements for a competent coach are that he must put a lot of emphasis on defense, good in training young players and willing to stay in Shanghai for long. So they spent huge effort in identifying Bob Donewald Jr, who also have overseas coaching experiences. Other than having been assistant coach in NBA for New Orleans Hornets, Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers, Bob Donewald Jr. had also 6 to 7 years coaching experience for professional basketball teams in Brazil, United Kingdom and Ukraine. But he refused to rate/evaluate Bob Donewald Jr. performance. He said he was on the job for less than 2 months only, and as he had set much longer term goals and strategies for Shanghai Sharks, he does not think it's fair to rate his performance now.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 5:34 am
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The part about the changes Yao Ming perceived on himself for the past 10 years, as well as what money meant to him.

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  • When asked how he assessed the past 10 years, Yao Ming said the past decade (2001 ~ 2010) represented the period of fastest development in his young life so far. He said those years of 1990 to 2000 were purely year of accumulation for him and they were just solely about learning the game of basketball; but he thought the past decade starting 2001, it was a period of accumulation plus years of changes. He said the context and contents for the past 10 years were alot much richer. It was not just about playing basketball. He had learned alot about how to socialize/deal with people, how to do business, and a variety of activities. He said he had learnt abundance of everything. And he hopes his next 10 years will be more exciting and rich in context for his life. He said he is already very grateful that he had had such an accumulation of experiences.
  • When asked whether he had realized any goals or dreams that he set for himself as he approaches to become 30-years-old, Yao Ming said he had already achieved/obtained alot more than he had thought or planned.
  • When asked whether he had changed for the past 8 years since joining NBA, Yao Ming said definitely he had changed. He said like other have said, money had changed him.
  • He further elaborated that money is not an end. It is just a tool that you use to fulfill your dream and ideals. Money is useless if you don't spend it; and when you spend it, you definitely spend it on things that you wanted. So to him money is never an end in itself, but a tool to realize your dream and ideal.
  • He said definitely he had changed alot in the past; he had grown and developed in alot of aspects: his personal wealth, his experience, his dealing with people; he said the more things that he had gone through, there will be a corresponding change in the way he sees things. He said when he now reviewed his autobiography "Yao: A Life In Two Worlds", alot of his ideas or thinking at that time when compared to his current ideas and thinking had already changed. He said a 23-year-old definitely is different to a 30-year-old. He said if he could see all these changes in himself, then definitely people will see more changes in him.
  • When asked what is his biggest change, Yao Ming said he had changed alot; and he quoted an example. He said very often one cannot live on empty dreams or ideals; and you need the collaboration from others to complete/accomplish a task/a goal; after all, there is definitely constraints and limitation to one's ability.
  • When asked whether his acquisition of the Shanghai Sharks is the best way to manifest the value of money, Yao Ming said his hope was that through the acquisition of the Shanghai Sharks, through better management and operations of his team, he can improve the status of Shanghainese basketball, as well as turning Shanghai Sharks into a role model for other professional basketball teams in China.

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