Yao Ming is possibly the most famous sports star in China. He plays basketball in America for the Chinese national team and the Houston Rockets. He is currently the NBA’s tallest man, 2.29 meters high. His mother and father were 1.90 and 2.01 meters tall. For over five years, Yao has been China ‘s richest celebrity, and has helped relations between China and the US.
Early Career of Yao Ming
Yao Ming was born on September 12, 1980 in Shanghai. He is the only child of two former professional basketball players who were 6-foot-7-inch (2.01 m) Yao Zhiyuan and 6-foot-3-inch (1.91 m) Fang Fengdi. Once he was nine, Yao started playing basketball, and joined the Shanghai Sharks at 13. He has played for five years on their senior team and won the chinese championship. In 2002 he became the first international player ever to be chosen as the number one rookie pick. China gave Yao permission to play the draft morning in the USA.
In 2002 Yao became the first overall selection by the NBA. He was drafted just hours after getting clearance from the Chinese Basketball Association at the age of 21. It was the first time a foreign player in the United States who had not played a college ball was drafted No. 1. He made the NBA playoffs four times, and in the 2009 postseason, the Rockets won the first-round series, their first win in the series since 1997. Yao announced his retirement from professional basketball in July 2011, due to a series of foot and ankle injuries that caused him to miss 250 games over his last six seasons. Yao ranks sixth amongst franchise leaders in total points and total rebounds in eight seasons with the Rockets, and second in total blocks.
Since Yao Ming is the tallest man in NBA, he makes Shag Kevin Hart, comedian, look so small. Their picture once went viral in NBA. Ao is one of the best-known athletes in China, with many large companies sponsored. His first year at the NBA was the subject of a documentary film, The Year of the Yao, and he co-wrote an autobiography titled Yao: A Career in Two Worlds, along with NBA analyst Ric Bucher. Once Shaq uploaded a photo on Instagram. Shaq was standing next to Yao Ming. Ming dwarfs the 7’1” Shaq as he is 7’6” tall. Ming has married to Ye Li who is Chinese basketball player. The couple has a beautiful daughter Yao Qinlei.