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<  Yao on the court, and his most recent game  ~  Yang Lan's One-On-One With Yao Ming (2 Episodes)

PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 7:20 pm
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It's just amazing how Yao Ming managed his time during his stay in China.

He continued working out 3 hours each day on his rehab.

He spent alot of time on managing his Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks.

He also showed up in alot of 2010 Shanghai EXPO promotional activities in his capacity of its Global Ambassador/Image Spokesperson.

He went to cheer and rave support for the Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks in almost every of its home court games in Pudong Yuanshen Stadium, and even away games in Beijing and Tianjin.

He even squeezed time in between for appearing in TV talk shows and receiving interviews from the media.


So even now that he is back in the States, he is still appearing everyday in the TV and media......

He was on the very popular Yang Lan One-On-One last night (January 23), receiving Yang Lan's interview, together with Mr. Li Jinchang, the General Manager of the Cheng Shin-Toyo Tire & Rubber (China) Ind. Co. Ltd (MAXXIS), the financial sponsor of Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks, and talked about his feeling of becoming a father, and the difficulties he encountered owning and managing the Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks.

The show was taped on January 7, and will be in 2 episode going on air last night (January 23) and next week (January 30).


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 7:24 pm
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First the photos......

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 7:27 pm
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Then the 45 minutes of the video......

http://player.youku.com/player.php/sid/ ... NzEy/v.swf


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 7:28 pm
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The recap of the interview will come later.......


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 2:01 am
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The interview was about his feelings of being the father of "2 children". :shock: :P :P :P

  • The child that is going to be born this summer
  • The Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 2:05 am
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The portion on the new member of the Yao Family

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  • He said he was thrilled and excited to be a father.
  • When it was confirmed from the doctors that he is going to be a father, Yao Ming was so thrilled that he wanted to tell the world about it.
  • But as it was Chinese tradition that no news is to be leaked in the first 3 months about a baby to be born, he and Ye Li had to remain silent for the 3 months; only their parents got the news.
  • He said he thought he saw his child waving to him through the sonogram.
  • When asked whether he would like to see his child on a pre-programmed career as a basketball player as he was (He was dubbed as the hope of Shanghainese basketball on the day he was born by the media), Big Yao said he would let the child choose what he or she would like to do in future.
  • But Yao Ming said he considered himself a very very lucky man, cos he likes basketball, his past, present and future is basketball related, and basketball brings him enormous wealth.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 2:24 am
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The portion on his initial feelings as the owner of Shanghai Sharks.

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  • When asked whether his season-ending injury in May 2009 had affected his decision of purchasing the Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks, Yao said the idea was not an overnight one. Back in 2008, there were requests/suggestions that he should take over the team.
  • When asked to summarize his initial feelings of being a boss, and the owner of the Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks in a few words, he said it was a mixed feelings of sweet, sour, bitter and spicy.
  • He said he now realized that running and managing a professional basketball team is completely different to just playing professional basketball.
  • He said he is still in a learning process cos there were all kinds of complex relationships: the municipal sports bureau, the players and coaches that he used to know, and now that their roles/relationships had changed.
  • He said the sweet part was that the initial results of the team was very good, and the team (the new coach, the expat players and the Chinese players) was gelling and forming rapport and chemistry very quickly.
  • As for bitterness, he said it's still too early to tell, as he foresees still alot of difficulties ahead facing him and Team Yao.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 2:51 am
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The portion on his decision to take over the Shanghai Sharks.

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  • When asked whether he was crazy and sort of a rush of madness in taking over a losing concern like Shanghai Sharks, Yao Ming said he felt sad about the plight of Shanghai Sharks and Shanghai basketball.
  • He used to feel very proud of his own team and being a Shanghai Sharks. But he felt sad to learn that since he left CBA for NBA, Shanghai Sharks did not make playoff for the past 6 years; the previous financial sponsor dropped out; fans were quitting and no longer paying to see the team; ticket sales were stagnant, even with the ticket price lowered from RMB 80 to RMB 2; the tickets sales of Shanghai Sharks was the lowest of all CBA teams.
  • He admitted over 50% of his decision was about his old sentimental feelings about his Alma Mater team. But now that he had got into this mess, he is determined to turn this into a long term endeavor of his, and not just a 3-minute toy.
  • He knew it would be tough cos it won't be easy to turn around his team into profitablity easily. In NBA, revenue came from 4 sources: ticket sales; TV broadcasting; products derivatives; financial sponsorships. In CBA, revenue of TV broadcasting and product derivatives go to CBA and its exclusive sponsor Infront, a Swiss sports marketing agency. So the revenue from tickets sales (forecast to be under RMB 4M) and financial sponsorships (about RMB 10M) will not be sufficient to offset the running costs of the team (> RMB 20M per annum).
  • Besides, Team Yao was given the rights to run and manage the Shanghai Sharks, but they were not given the total ownership. They could not laid off a single player or sign new players. Human resources related matters/decisions are considered to be the jurisdiction of the Shanghai Sports Bureau.
  • So when asked what his goals/targets were in "owning" the Shanghai Sharks, Yao Ming said he just wanted to bring new concepts/ideas to the team, improve the results of the team, had a platform that hopefully could trigger some revolutionary changes to Chinese basketball systems.
  • He said owning Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks is going to be an extension of his player career. He thought every athlete's career is short and limited, but if he can realize some of his ideals and concepts through owning a basketball team, then it would be the extension of his career.
  • He said he sometimes compared the difficulties he encountered in running/managing the team to the difficulties that Deng Xiaoping encountered when he advocated the open door economic reform policy for China back in 1978. He said by doing so, he felt much better, as he thought the difficulties he now encountered are peanuts compared to those faced by Deng Xiaoping when he advocated the economic reform for China.
  • When asked whether he considered Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks another child of his, he said yes and no. He said Shanghai Sharks was the one that nurtured him, so he is now repaying his debts to nurture Shanghai Sharks. As for his to-be-born child, it is a completely new life.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 3:32 am
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The portion on the turmoil/difficulties he faced with the players, Liu Wei, Li Qiuping, how he secured the financial sponsorship from MAXXIS, and his feelings from watching his team play from the court side


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  • When asked why the players initially refused to accept the salary proposal, sign contract and went on strike, Yao ming said it was due to miscommunications. He said he understood that the Shanghai Sharks players were under-paid all these years. So Team Yao went through a player assessment exercise, and proposed an average 55% raise in salary. But the players misunderstood that they would only be given a raise on their Yang contract, the official contract but not their Yin contract, i.e. the under-table contract. After Team Yao threw a press conference and explained what they proposed, the misunderstanding was resolved, and the players signed their contracts, and resumed training.
  • On the contract extension of Liu Wei, his childhood buddy and natioanl team team mate, Yao Ming said it was also sort of mis-communications. Liu Wei sent him a short message and wanted to talk/negotiate directly with him on his contract terms and salary. Yao Ming thought it was inappropriate for him to deal with Liu Wei directly, cos that would over-ride and weaken the authority of the management team, i.e. Team Yao. So he sent back an e-mail to Liu Wei asking him to deal with Team Yao on the matters. He said after further talks with Liu Wei, the misunderstanding was resolved, and he thought he had some responsibility creating the misunderstanding, and he thanked Liu Wei for his understanding. He said the turmoil did not affect their friendship.
  • On replacing his mentor Li Qiuping, Yao Ming said it was the most difficult, as Li Qiuping had been head coach for 14 years for the Shanghai Sharks, and was his mentor, and had brought up alot of the current Shanghai Shark players. He said he was sort of relieved breaking the news to Li, but he still had a feeling/sense of guilt complex up till now for asking Li Qiuping to step down from his head coach position. But he said Li Qiuping was psychologically prepared for the move as he already heard that Team Yao was in process for recruiting his replacement then.
  • Li Jinchang, General Manager of the Cheng Shin-Toyo Tire & Rubber (China) Ind. Co. Ltd (MAXXIS) then came into the interview and talked about their decision of sponsoring close to RMB 10M for the Shanghai Sharks. He said their company had also sponsored the Houston Rockets in 2003. And even though they knew Shanghai Sharks was dwelling at the bottom of the CBA league last season, they are still willing to go through with the sponsorship, and it was all due to Yao Ming. And he thought Yao Ming was doing all the right things as a boss as he was really working very hard for the team, and even went to cheer and support his team on every of their home games.
  • When asked what were his feeling as a spectator at the court side, and how he succumbed his temptation of interfering with the game plan/rotation strategies of the head coach, Yao Ming said he considered himself a bench player of Shanghai Sharks, and he joked that they should have a safety belt tied to his seat to prevent him interfering with Bob Donewald Jr.
  • When asked how long he can sustain in financing the Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks out of his own pocket, and whether there are any escape clauses/mechanism, Yao Ming said there is always constraint and limitation on an individual's abilities; there might come a time that if he faces a problem or some problems that he could not resolve on his own, then he could not continue financing the Shanghai Sharks, but he said up till now he still has full confidence in his team, and that there is no emergency halt button now that he could jump out of his team.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 9:38 am
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pryuen wrote:
[*]He said he sometimes compared the difficulties he encountered in running/managing the team
    to the difficulties that Deng Xiaoping encountered when he advocated the open door economic reform policy for China back in 1978. :shock: :shock:
what an absurd analogy---showing a lack of sense of history / proportion---let's not kid ourselves

what DXP did was monumental, of historical proportion. DXP's actions had ( still have and will continue to do so for decades to come ) national and global impacts. It was a trandscending event, with far-reaching consequences, in history.

to say that
    " comparing a mere colloquial event---taking over a defunct
    Shanghai-based basketball team---to a far-reaching
    historical event such as DXP's economic reform is ridiculous "
would be under-stating the absurdity.

    it is more ridiculous than claiming that
    plateaued Sun has NBA potentials. :!: :!: :!: :!:
on this one,
    the ever-humble Yao is, uncharacteristically , harboring
      illusions of grandeurs . :!:


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