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Photos of Yao at the Enshrinement Ceremony of the 2016 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2016 5:48 am
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TheSmoket wrote:

It was because O’Neal’s parents ran his fan club and came across some old missives in the fan club archive. “He showed me letters that Yao used to write me when he was a youngster in China,” O’Neal said. “Christmas cards, birthday cards. My father said, ‘The guy looked up to you.’ Most of the guys I was killing, I looked up to them. But he said Yao looked up to me, so show him a little more respect. Our relationship changed after that.”



Looks like Shaq's father was mistaken. Yao Ming in interviews at Springfield told reporters that he had not written Shaq any letters as a youngster from China. He did sent Christmas cards and birthday cards to Shaq after he entered NBA, just the same way that he did to his team mates, coaches, general managers at Houston Rockets. :lol: :lol: :lol:

But ONE THING FOR SURE. When Yao Ming first started his career in CBA, he looked up to Wang Zhizhi as his target to excel, and after he entered NBA, Shaq became his target to excel.



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pryuen wrote:
But ONE THING FOR SURE. When Yao Ming first started his career in CBA, he looked up to Wang Zhizhi as his target to excel, and after he entered NBA, Shaq became his target to excel.
actually, u had posted about that Sabonis, whose game is similar to Yao, was Yao's childhood idol.

ZZW was a lazy-assed coward, prima donna, the anti-thesis of Yao Ming :!:


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Yao Ming's Enshrinement

    Bill Russell, Dikembe Mutombo and Bill Walton presented Yao Ming to the stage and greatest Chinese basketball player of all time was nervous. He also joked that he felt it was a mistake to have him speak first and that it should have been Allen Iverson. The reason? He needed more "practice" than Iverson. The meaning of the three presenters for Ming were memorable.

    Russell invited Yao to his house in Seattle during Yao's rookie season and his advice has stayed with him ever since. Walton was there for Yao to offer up advice and encouragement following his first foot surgery, as both Hall of Fame centers could relate to coming back from such a hard injury for big men. And his former Houston Rockets teammate Dikembe Mutombo helped him for five seasons while also catching him with elbows in practice.

      Yao's speech was endearing and a perfect embodiment of the basketball figure he has been in the world. His humor and kindness radiated from his words as he delivered well-timed jokes and heartfelt sentiments about the people in his life who helped him get to where he is. He told tales of Steve Francis welcoming him and Cuttino Mobley serving him soul food for the first time. Rudy Tomjanovich's coaching inspired him to be the best person and competitor he could be.

      He reflected on his coaches (Tomjanovich, Jeff Van Gundy and Rick Adelman), the competition he had to go against in the NBA and how they pushed him, and the injuries that cut his career far too short. He likened playing against fellow 2016 enshrinee Shaquille O'Neal as "whatever doesn't kill you, makes you stronger." He thanked former commissioner David Stern and current NBA commissioner Adam Silver for helping him and supporting him.

      He also thanked the Houston fans, liking them to his family, saying that he is a Rocket and a Texan for life
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http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/takea ... hrinement/


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Dr. No wrote:

actually, u had posted about that Sabonis, whose game is similar to Yao, was Yao's childhood idol.

ZZW was a lazy-assed coward, prima donna, the anti-thesis of Yao Ming :!:


LOL !!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

Sabonis was Yao's idol. That's WELL KNOWN.


But Wang Zhizhi was Yao Ming's target to surpass in CBA, when Yao entered CBA as a rookie, cos at that time, Wang Zhizhi 3 years Yao's senior, was the best centre of China and had led the Bayi Rockets to win multiple CBA championships already. That's ALSO A WELL-KNOWN FACT TO ALL YAO MING'S FANS. Yao Ming had mentioned it MANY MANY TIMES in the past, even in his retirement speech 5 years ago !!


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2016 1:48 pm
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ROFL SHAQ AND ALLEN IVERSON GETTING ALL THE HOF COVERAGE/LOVE FROM THE MEDIA. NO ONE GIVES AF ABOUT BIG YAO ROFLMAO! I GUESS THERE'S NOT MUCH U CAN TALK ABOUT WHEN UR BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT IS PASSING THE FIRST ROUND OF THE NBA PLAYOFFS :lol:

AT LEAT BIG YAO IS STAYING BUSY, LOOKS LIKE HE HAS TAKEN A NEW SPORT...COMPETITIVE EATING!!

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Such a great speech he gave...


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