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<  Yao off the court; Yao's personality  ~  Dedicated Thread to Yao Ming Off Court Activities (2010)

PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 3:51 am
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Yao Ming also stayed to watch Game 2 of the 2012 China Game between Miami Heat and LA Clippers.

Prior to the game began, Yao Ming greeted some of his old NBA team mates, referee and friends (Shane Battier, Glen Rice, Bill Russell, Joe Crawford just to name a few) and embraced with Lebron James.

In the half time intermission of the China NBA Game, Yao Ming had a surprise waiting for him. David Garibaldi, a graffiti artist, the 4th placed winner of this year's America's Got Talent Show, presented Big Yao with an oil painting of his portrait done on spot within the stadium.

And during the initial minutes of 4Q, when LA Clippers and Miami Heat benched most of their stars as LA Clippers had carved out a double digit lead, the full capacity 18,000 fans chanted in unison and wildly the name of Yao Ming , peading him to come on court in to play.

Big Yao just shrugged his shoulders and smiled to the fans.


Here are some photos in the Shanghai Mercedes Benz Arena of Yao Ming with his NBA team mates and friends.

Yao Ming greeting the fans
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Yao Ming watching the game at the court side
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Embrace with Lebron James
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Greet with Shane Battier
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Embrace with Glen Rice
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Greet with Bill Russell
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David Garibaldi presented Big Yao with his portrait.
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Big Yao leaving Mercedes Benz Arena
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 6:44 am
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pryuen wrote:




They will play against a winless Pure Youth Construction (0W 2L) in their last game tonight.

Since they had beaten Dacin Tigers (1W 1L) and Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (1W 1L) already, even if they lose the game against Pure Youth Construction, probably they will still be crowned champion of the tournament.


But Yao Ming will not be there to share his players' joy of hoisting their very first trophy of any kind.


As predicted Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks hoisted the Straits Cup after they beat the SBL Champion Pure Youth Construction 80 ~ 62 tonight (October 14) in Taichung.

The game was a closely contested affair in the first 3 quarters with Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks leading all the way. They turned on their turbo and demolished the Taiwanese champion in the 4th quarter to finish the tournament 3W 0L.

Max Zhang Zhaoxu scored a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds; Cai Liang: 18 points; Liu Ziqiu: 13 points.

Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks will stay in Taichung for the next 2 days for some sight-seeing in Taichung, including its famous Sun Moon Lake (probably with Ye Li , Amy and Yao's parents as well) before leaving on the 16th.

Meanwhile Zhejiang Guangsha Lions also beat Dacin Tigers 79 ~ 72 to come in 2nd placed in the tournament.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 7:29 am
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Yao and Stern press conference video on NBA.com

http://www.nba.com/video/channels/nba_t ... resser.nba


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 3:25 pm
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Yao Ming should find a way to get Yi Jianlian back to the NBA.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 4:48 pm
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superjohn wrote:
Yao Ming should find a way to get Yi Jianlian back to the NBA.



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 11:27 pm
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I was wondering whether Yao Ming privately invited Shane Battier to dinner during Shane's stay in Shanghai.

HE DID !!! :shock:

And Juwan Howard was there too !!!
:shock: :shock: :shock: (I did not realize that Juwan Howard was in Shanghai together with the Miami Heat cos he is no longer on Miami Heat roster this coming season after winning his NBA ring last season at the old age of 39).

Here is a photo taken by a fan who posted it on his weibo, complaining Yao Ming refused to autograph his basketball when he came across Yao Ming sending Shane Battier and Juwan Howard back to their hotel after their dinner by the Bund on the night of October 13.

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That fan did not realize that Yao Ming started to refuse signing autographs for fans on the street ever since his retirement.


It is AWESOME to think about a fan brought a basketball along with him to wait outside of the hotel where Miami Heat's players were staying for Yao Ming's signature !!! :P :D :lol:


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Lot of white people in Shanghai...


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 2:38 am
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How come Wang zhizhi was not there? He played for the Miami Heat and the LA Clippers. The fans sill support Wang for what he did for those teams.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 3:19 am
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So Yao Ming (with Ye Li) arrived into Mission Hills, Haikou shortly after noon today (October 18 ) for the 2nd bi-annual 2012 Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am Game that will commence tomorrow (October 19 ~ 21).

Shortly after arrival, Yao Ming, accompanied by Ye Li, went for his practice on the Mission Hills golf course.

There he met Michael Phelps who was about to finish his practice and was leaving for the first press conference thrown by Mission Hills Group.

Yao Ming greeted Michael Phelps, showed him his tailor-made golf clubs and started a short chat.

Then after Michael Phelps left, Big Yao started his practice with Zhang Lianwei, China's #1 male golfer giving him some pointers/advice on his tee-off and driving.

The practice lasted about 3 hours. When Yao Ming went back to his hotel, he bumped into Stephen Hendry, ex world snooker champion and the two gleefully took a picture together.

In tomorrow celebrity-pro tournament, Yao Ming will be partnered with Liang Wenchong, captain of the newly formed China's golf national team, who is currently in hot form after winning OneAsia's 1-million-U.S.-dollar 2012 Nanshan China Masters in Shenzhen on Sunday (October 13)


Here are some photos of Yao Ming with Ye Li, his chat with Michael Phelps, his practice and with Stephen Hendry.

With Ye Li
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Chat with Michael Phelps
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Practicing with Zhang Lianwei
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With Stephen Hendry
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 7:09 am
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Yao Ming on an E-Z-GO golf cart, specially reserved for him by the organizer of the 2012 Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am Game.

Because Big Yao is such damn tall, they have to remove the top of the E-Z-GO golf cart !!! :P :lol: :D


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