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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2011 2:57 pm
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Personally think Big Yao does not want to be inducted into HoF just as a contributor.

He'd rather wait for 5 years to be inducted as a player rahter than a contributor.

And I think it's a WISE DECISION, cos given his impact and contribution to the game, being the very first NBA Draft #1 international player from outside of United States, opening Chinese market for NBA, he can opt to apply to be inducted to Hall of Fame ANYTIME as a contributor, IF FAILING his nomination into HoF as a player.

As a professional basketball player, and the very first Asian/Chinese player to gain stronghold and success in NBA, it will be an INSULT AND PERSONAL REGRETS to Big Yao if he could only be inducted into HoF just as a contributor.


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Yao asks Hall of Fame
be postponed


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2011 3:08 pm
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http://www.sacbee.com/2011/08/31/3874857/yao-asks-that-hall-nomination.html

Yao asks that Hall
nomination be put on hold


By CHRIS DUNCAN
AP Sports Writer

Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011 - 10:21 am

HOUSTON -- Yao Ming's agent has asked the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame to set aside the former All-Star center's nomination for a later year.

Yao, who retired in July, was nominated by a member of the Chinese media as a contributor to the game, and would've been eligible for induction as early as 2012.
But Hall of Fame president and CEO John Doleva said Yao's agent, John Huizinga, called Wednesday morning to request that Yao's nomination be tabled for now.


KRIV-TV first reported the request. Huizinga did not immediately return a phone message.

Doleva said Huizinga told him that Yao feels it's too soon for him to be placed on the ballot.

"He (Huizinga) indicated that Yao has great respect for the institution and equal respect for those elected before his consideration," Doleva said in a phone interview. "He just feels that it's too soon to be considered as a contributor."


An eight-time All-Star with the Houston Rockets, Yao's career was cut short by foot and leg injuries. Yao would be eligible to enter the Hall of Fame as a player in 2017 - five full seasons after his retirement.

He's more likely, though, to enter as a contributor after bridging the NBA to the Asian market. His charisma, popularity and basketball skills helped spike merchandise sales and prompted record TV ratings for games after the Rockets made him the top overall pick in the 2002 draft. NBA commissioner David Stern called Yao "a transformational player and a testament to the globalization of our game."


Yao also donated $2 million to set up a foundation to rebuild schools destroyed by the earthquake in Sichuan province in May 2008. He carried the Olympic torch through Tiananmen Square and his country's flag during the opening ceremonies at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Doleva said Yao asked for no specific timetable to be reconsidered for induction.

"I got the feeling that he and his people have thought long and hard about this," Doleva said. "I appreciated the fact that he referenced his respect for the institution, especially for those who've been elected."

Doleva said he'll wait for Yao to contact the Hall again before the nomination will be put back in play. His credentials will then be considered by an international panel.

"It really, at this point, would be his call," Doleva said. "The ball is in his court."


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2011 3:14 pm
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I agree, he should wait and be inducted as a player


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2011 7:19 pm
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looks like yao agrees w/me lol. He knows going in as a contributor so quickly is a joke..it's all about $, making China happy having one of their own inducted, if not as a player, then as a "contributor." Anyways, Yao doesn't even have the credentials to make the hof as a player. Most likely he'll get in w/his few accomplishments bc it's all about nba/china.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2011 11:41 am
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Is he capable for HOF as a player? He's peak is probably best center in world championship in 2002.
nig1 wrote:
looks like yao agrees w/me lol. He knows going in as a contributor so quickly is a joke..it's all about $, making China happy having one of their own inducted, if not as a player, then as a "contributor." Anyways, Yao doesn't even have the credentials to make the hof as a player. Most likely he'll get in w/his few accomplishments bc it's all about nba/china.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2011 12:03 pm
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nig1 wrote:
looks like yao agrees w/me lol. He knows going in as a contributor so quickly is a joke..it's all about $, making China happy having one of their own inducted, if not as a player, then as a "contributor." Anyways, Yao doesn't even have the credentials to make the hof as a player. Most likely he'll get in w/his few accomplishments bc it's all about nba/china.


Trouble with Engrish? or just logic.

It's obvious that Yao thinks he DESERVES to go in as a player. If you can comprehend English that's the only takeaway from his statements. Since just read all that and then you assert

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"looks like yao agrees w/me lol"


you are saying you agree that Yao DESERVES induction to the HOF as a player?

so

option1: you AGREE he deserves to go in as a player

option2: you're a retard who can't even read and write and form cohesive consistent arguments in your native tongue


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 4:26 pm
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Maybe it's wishful thinking, but perhaps he wants to put off nomination because he's not completely sure he's played his last game.

If you saw the Graham Beslinger interview, Yao mentioned the doctors said he could play for about 3 more years. Before he retired, he also said he wants his daughter to see him play. It's a lockout year, so he has 2 years to take a break from training and heal his foot... he announces his retirement so the CNT leaves him alone and doesn't push him to come back.

Who knows? If his foot feels stronger next year and he gets the itch to play, he might come back for the Olympics in London.


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