Birth date 12 Sep 1980 (39 years)
Nationality China China
Nickname The Ming Dynasty
Team history
Houston Rockets 2002 - present
Shanghai Sharks 1997 - 2002

Yao Ming is a professional basketball player who plays for the team of the Houston Rockets of (NBA) and plays as a center. Ming is 7 ft 6 inches in height and weighs 310 lb. Yao is married to Ye Li, a former player for the China’s women’s national team. He is one of China’s most well-known athletes, with sponsorships with several major companies, and has been the richest celebrity in China for five straight years. He currently wears the number 11 jersey for the Rockets.

When Ming was a teenager he played for the Shanghai Sharks. In the Chinese Basketball Association he played for five years on the senior team. In the final year he won a championship. During the 2002 NBA Draft he negotiated with the Sharks and the CBA and secured his release and was chosen by the Houston Rockets. In all his six seasons he was chosen to begin for the Western Conference in the All-Star game of the NBA. Thrice he has been selected to the All-NBA team.

In Ming’s first NBA match the opponents were the Indiana Pacers against whom he could score just one rebound and one point. While playing against the Denver Nuggets he scored his first NBA basket. Yao averaged only 14 minutes and 4 points in his first 7 game which was very disappointing for the fans. Looking back on the points scored in the previous game while playing against the Lakers Ming scored a 2 of 2 from the free throw line and a 9 of 9 from the field. Ming in his rookie season had an average of 8.2 rpg and 13.5 ppg and in the NBA Rookie of the year award was ranked second.

In the 2004 -05 season Ming got a record All-star votes breaking the record which was earlier created by Michael Jordan. 51 games were won by the Rockets and they stood 5th in the West. For the second continuous year they reached the playoffs and there their opponent was the Dallas Mavericks. In the first two games against Dallas the Rockets were victorious. In the second game Ming made 13 of 14 shots and in the history of the Rockets this was the best shooting performance. However out of the final five games four were lost by the Rockets. For the entire series Ming averaged 7.7 rebounds and 21.4 points on 65 percent shooting.

The period from 2006 to 2008 has been an injury prone season for Yao Ming. On December 23, 2006 while attempting to block a shot Yao injured his knee. He missed his next 34 games and also missed most of the games in the upcoming seasons. Yao underwent a successful operation on March 3, which placed screws in his foot to strengthen the bone.

Major achievements

8 times NBA All-Star player in 2003-2009 and in 2011. 3-time All-NBA Selection2002-03 NBA All-Rookie First Team

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