Yao Ming

Video: Yao Ming may be worse at golf than Charles Barkely

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Who is the worst retired NBA star turned golfer? For years Charles Barkley was the runaway winner in this category, but now he has some competition. Yao Ming played in a celebrity golf tournament in China and… he’s not good. Not that you really expect him to be — when you are 7’6″ there are [more]

Yao Ming says Jeremy Lin could change Chinese basketball

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It’s been one of the most commonly asked questions about Jeremy Lin — how did he slip through the cracks of the system This is a guy who was one of the most dominant high school players in the Bay Area but couldn’t get a major college scholarship offer and went to Harvard. After four [more]

Chase Budinger dunks over Yao Ming (well, a cut out of him)

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Clearly this is a staged video, with the Rockets’ Chandler Parsons “talking to the media” while Chase Budinger just happens to do a dunk over a cardboard cutout of Yao Ming in the background. Coincidentally. Still, pretty cool. And this is why I hold out some hope for this year’s All-Star Dunk Contest — Budinger [more]

What to serve with Thanksgiving dinner? Yao Ming wine.

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It’s always one of the tricky questions surrounding Thanksgiving dinner — what wine goes best with this feast? Traditionally you think white wine with fowl, but who wants some overly oaky California Chardonnay to go between mouthfuls of stuffing and sweet potatoes? I usually lean toward a nice Pinot Noir, but those can be so [more]

Video poem: First draft of Yao Ming’s retirement speech

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Did we ever know the real Yao Ming? The Yao I saw who with teammates and was came off as thoughtful in his talks with media, it was easy to like him, but he was really a mystery to a lot of fans. When he retired the discussion was more about marketing and global impact [more]