[36] In his first seven games, he averaged only 14 minutes and 4 points, but on November 17, he scored 20 points on a perfect 9-of-9 from the field and 2-of-2 from the free-throw line against the Lakers. [103] However, follow-up analysis indicated that the injury could be career threatening. [89] Before the All-Star weekend, the Rockets had won eight straight games, and after the break, they took their win streak to 12 games. [171], On July 16, 2009, Yao bought his former club team, the Shanghai Sharks, which were on the verge of not being able to play the next season of the Chinese Basketball Association because of financial troubles. [60][62] Both McGrady and Yao were voted to start in the 2005 NBA All-Star Game, and Yao broke the record previously held by Michael Jordan for most All-Star votes, with 2,558,278 total votes. "[116], Yao was nominated by a member of the Chinese media for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor to the game. She didn’t have a long basketball career but she still managed to bag 1 block, 2 turnovers, 8 total rebounds, and 8 points in her first game which was a game against the Korean team (which China won with 71 points to Korea 54 points). She was birthed on the 21st of May, 2010 in Houston, Texas in the United States of America. We try to stay on top of the latest celebrity news, and celebrities that get caught, Nobody is perfect. The Rockets faced the Lakers in the second round, and Yao scored 28 points, with 8 points in the final four minutes, to lead the Rockets to a 100–92 win in Los Angeles. He reached the NBA playoffs four times, and the Rockets won the first-round series in the 2009 postseason, their first playoff series victory since 1997. Ye Li ( simplified Chinese: 叶莉; traditional Chinese: 葉莉; pinyin: Yè Lì; born November 20, 1981) is a Chinese professional basketball player who played for the China women's national basketball team at the 2004 Summer Olympics. [37] Barkley made good on his bet by kissing the buttock of a donkey purchased by Smith for the occasion (Smith's "ass"). The lovely mother of one is barely on any social media platform, unlike her retired superstar husband who has a sizable number of followings on his Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram handle where one can look up and find what he has been about. [160] He eventually signed with Coca-Cola for the 2008 Olympics. Write CSS OR LESS and hit save. [156] As of 2009, he had led Forbes' Chinese celebrities list in income and popularity for six straight years, earning US$51 million (CN¥357 million) in 2008. He played for the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) and the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). [105] The Rockets eventually lost the series in seven games. CTRL + SPACE for auto-complete. These Are The 15 Hottest Wives And Girlfriends Of Hollywood! [44] Yao finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 blocks; O'Neal recorded 31 points, 13 rebounds, and 0 blocks. [42] Yao also said he believed O'Neal was joking, but he said a lot of Asians would not see the humor. At least we know she is the daughter-in-law of two of Chinese retired basketball professionals – Fang Fengdi (with a height of 6 feet 3 inches) and Yao Zhiyuan (who is 6 feet 7 inches tall). He was signed by Nike until the end of his rookie season. [52] He was also voted the Sporting News Rookie of the Year,[53] and won the Laureus Newcomer of the Year award. However, Tracy McGrady played only 47 games in the season, missing time because of back spasms. Some of which are NBA All-Rookie First team,  All NBA third team (3 times), All NBA second team (2 times) and NBA All-Star (8 times). [24], Shortly after Wang Zhizhi refused to return to China to play for the national team and was subsequently banned from playing for China,[25] the CBA stipulated that Yao would have to return to play for the national team. Biography, Height, Family, Other Facts, 20 Best African Basketball Stars In NBA of All Time, Kristaps Porziņģis – Bio, Injury, Age, Height, Salary, Girlfriend, and Family. [45] O'Neal later admitted that he regretted how he treated Yao early in his career. When Wang Zhizhi left the Bayi Rockets to become the first NBA player from China the following year, the Sharks finally won their first CBA championship. 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In the following three games, she recorded 9 turnovers, 4 steals, 2 assists, 18 total rebounds, and 32 points. [92] Yao's final averages in 55 games were 22.0 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks a game. The basketball player his starsign is Virgo and he is now 40 years of age. Yao Ming (born September 12, 1980) is a Chinese retired basketball player, Athletic, Coach, and Sports Personality from Shanghai. He missed the 2008 NBA playoffs, but he did not miss the 2008 Summer Olympics at Beijing, China in August. At the time of his final season, he was the tallest active player in the NBA, at 2.29 m (7 ft 6 in). [2], Yao, who was born in Shanghai, started playing for the Shanghai Sharks as a teenager, and played on their senior team for five years in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), winning a championship in his final year. The injury required six months of rest. Yao has filmed a number of public service announcements for elephant and rhino conservation for the "Say No" campaign with partners African Wildlife Foundation and WildAid. [20] Yao was widely predicted to be picked number one overall. [152] Yao completed his studies in July 2018, graduating with a degree in economics after 7 years of study. [67] Despite missing 21 games while recovering,[8] Yao again had the most fan votes to start the 2006 NBA All-Star Game. [65] However, the Rockets lost four of their last five games and lost Game 7 by 40 points, the largest Game 7 deficit in NBA history. Yao Ming’s Wife Had A Brief Stint Playing Basketball With China Women’s Basketball Team Born on the 20th of November 1981, Ye Li is a Shanghai native who has also played basketball at a professional level. [66] Yao's final averages for the series were 21.4 points on 65% shooting and 7.7 rebounds. [169][170], Yao has also been a dedicated supporter of Special Olympics. 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[126] In the first knockout round, however, China was defeated by eventual finalist Greece. [95] The Rockets won all their games in Houston,[96] and advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 1997, and the first time in Yao's career.[97]. [33], In Yao's first game in Miami on December 16, 2002, the Heat passed out 8,000 fortune cookies, an East Asian cultural stereotype.