March 1, 2003 |
Michael Wilbon of the Washington Post, commenting on the popularity of Yao Ming, the Houston Rockets' 7-foot-5 center from China: "Not even [Michael] Jordan arrived in the NBA with [this] fanfare. Consider this: The dignitaries, dozens of them, were gathered in Crawford, Texas, recently for a dinner given by former President George Bush honoring Chinese President Jiang Zemin. "One by one the VIPs were introduced -- some of them heads of state -- to light applause.
February 13, 2004 |
Houston Rocket All-Star center Yao Ming is the new global spokesman for McDonald's, which let Kobe Bryant's contract expire after he was accused of rape. Yao's multiyear sponsorship deal was announced Thursday at a McDonald's outlet inside the Los Angeles Convention Center. Yao is in town to play in Sunday's NBA All-Star game. Bryant's three-year deal with the fast-food company expired Dec. 31. The Laker guard has lost other endorsement deals since being charged with sexual assault.
March 20, 2006 |
Yao Ming has been a big problem for the Clippers. The 7-foot-6, 310-pound Houston center scored 29 points and grabbed 15 rebounds Feb. 22 in a 106-102 Rocket victory at the Toyota Center. In nine games this month, Yao is averaging 28.9 points and 11 rebounds. Tonight at Houston, the Clippers begin a three-game, five-day trip, so they again have focused much of their attention on Yao. "Yao Ming has been playing incredibly well," Coach Mike Dunleavy said.
January 23, 2003 |
The All-Star starters will be announced today and it is expected Kobe Bryant will be included and Shaquille O'Neal, for only the second time since 1993, will not. The most recent balloting showed Bryant as the league's leading vote-getter. The birth of his daughter Sunday, rather than at or after the Feb. 2 due date, will allow Bryant to play. The game is Feb. 9 in Atlanta.
March 5, 2007 |
Yao Ming is expected to return to the Houston Rockets tonight when they play at Cleveland against the Cavaliers. The 7-foot-6 center has missed 32 games since breaking his right leg Dec. 23 against the Clippers. Before the injury, Yao was having his best season, averaging 27 points and nine rebounds and scoring more than 30 points in four of his last five games. Including the game in which Yao was injured in the first quarter, the Rockets went a surprising 20-12 without him to improve to 36-23.
November 20, 2004 |
After first hinting Friday that Chris Kaman and Kerry Kittles might be ready to come off the injured list and make their season debuts today, Clipper Coach Mike Dunleavy then said it was "probably doubtful" that either would play against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center. Kaman, sidelined because of a sprained left ankle, reiterated that he has targeted a Thursday return against the New Jersey Nets.
February 13, 2003 |
Houston's Steve Francis made sure Utah had no chance at any last-second heroics this time. Francis scored 36 points and Yao Ming had 11 of his 15 points in the second half, and the Rockets dominated the Jazz, 106-76, Wednesday night. The Jazz had won at Houston on Tuesday night. "They're a veteran, savvy team. They win late in the game, especially at home, so we had to keep playing hard," said Francis, who scored 25 points in the first half. "Last night we kind of gave the game away."
June 25, 2009 |
A trade that brings the Minnesota Timberwolves the No. 5 overall pick in today's draft has been completed. The Timberwolves and Washington on Wednesday struck a deal that gives Minnesota its fourth first-round draft choice, along with Wizards forwards Etan Thomas, Darius Songaila and Oleksiy Pecherov. The Wizards receive guards Randy Foye and Mike Miller. Minnesota has the fifth, sixth, 18th and 28th selections in the draft.
May 5, 2002 |
Of all the potential first-round draft picks in NBA history, there never has been one like Yao Ming. He's 7-foot-5, but he thinks it's unsportsmanlike to dunk. He wants an NBA career as much as any American who leaves school early, but when he was approached to defect last year to enter the draft, he refused out of loyalty to his country.
March 7, 2003 |
Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press commenting on Yao Ming, the Houston Rockets' 7-foot-5 center, in a recent game: "Personally, my favorite moment came when Yao walked to the scorer's table while the game was still in play. "He stood there watching, until he realized he was blocking the broadcasters' view. So Yao sat on the table. And he was still blocking their view. "So Yao sat on the floor. And his head was still sticking over the table. Hmmm. Maybe we could invent a trap door."