Yao Ming C  #11

Full Name: Ming Yao

Current Team: Retired

Born: Sep 12, 1980 (34 years old)

Birthplace: Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

Nationality: China

Height: 7-6 (229cm)     Weight: 310 (141kg)

Website: http://www.theyaomingfoundation.org/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/yaoming

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Yao

Current NBA Status: Retired (Jul 20, 2011)

Current Agent: John Huizinga

Draft Entry: 2002 NBA Draft

Drafted: Round 1, Pick 1, Houston Rockets

Pre-Draft Team: Shanghai Dongfang (China)

Yao Ming News

Yao Ming Refutes Report He's Putting Together Group To Buy Clippers
Yao Ming owns the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Yao Wanted Lin To Sign With Shanghai Sharks
Yao Ming owns the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball League.

New York Post

Yao Ming Serving As Mentor To Jeremy Lin
Yao Ming has taken an interest in Jeremy Linís development.

New York Post

Yao Ming Taking Classes At Jiaotang University
Yao Ming is taking classes at Jiaotang University, one of the leading higher learning institutions in his hometown of Shanghai.

AP

Yao's Hall Of Fame Bid To Begin Immediately In Contributor Category
Yao Ming could be eligible for the Basketball Hall of Fame as soon as the next class.

NBA.com

Yao: Shaq Was Toughest Opponent
Yao Ming said Shaquille OíNeal was the toughest opponent he ever faced.

Reuters

NBA China Annual Revenues Estimated Between $150 And $170 Million
NBA China reportedly generates annual revenues estimated between $150 and $170 million.

Gene Wang/Washington Post

Yao Makes Retirement Official
Yao Ming officially announced his retirement from the NBA on Wednesday in China.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Yao To Announce Retirement Wednesday
Yao Ming will announce his retirement from basketball on Wednesday.

Associated Press

JVG: Yao Worthy Of Hall Of Fame
When healthy, Yao Ming was a dominant center.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Ex-Teammates Praise Yao's Character
Yao left a lasting impression on those he played with.

Houston Chronicle

Report: Yao Retires From NBA
Yao Ming will retire from the NBA after eight seasons.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Yao Unsure About Return
Yao Ming cast doubt on his return to the NBA.

Reuters

Yao's Rehab On Schedule; Return Date Uncertain
Yao Ming said that his rehabilitation from foot surgery is progressing on schedule, but he can't say when he'll be ready to participate next season.

Joseph Duarte/Houston Chronicle

China Hopeful Yao Will Participate In Asian Basketball Championships
China's captain is hopeful Yao Ming will be cleared to play this summer.

Reuters

Yao Hopes To Play Again, Wants To Remain With Rockets
Yao Ming will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1st.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Rockets Would Have Taken Baron, No. 1 Pick For Yao
The Clippers could have completed a similar trade involving Baron Davis for greater financial savings.

Bill Simmons/ESPN (via Twitter)

Golden State Interested In Oden, Yao

The Warriors are interested in making a move for Greg Oden or Yao Ming this offseason.

Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle

Will Houston, Portland, Utah Try To Get Under Tax?

With Yao Ming's future very uncertain, the Rockets are looking to acquire a center.

CBS Sports

Rockets Motivated To Deal, Looking At Centers

The Nuggets have been more interested in Houston's offers for Nene, than they have for Carmelo Anthony.

Houston Chronicle

Love Gets Yao's Spot On All-Star Team

Kevin Love will make his first ASG appearance.

RealGM Staff Report

Stern Won't Wait Long To Name Yao's ASG Replacement

Fans voted Yao Ming into the All-Star Game, but he's out for the season.

Kelly Dwyer/Yahoo! Sports

NBA Announces 2011 All-Star Starters

Dwyane Wade and LeBron James have played together as Eastern Conference starters in the past.

RealGM Staff Report

Rockets Granted Injury Exception For Yao

The Rockets have been granted a $5.765 million injury exception.

NBA.com

Howard Empathizes With Yao's Injury Plight

Dwight Howard says the stress on the body of a big man in the NBA is underestimated.

NBA.com

Yao Definitely 'Doesn't Plan On Retiring'

Yao Ming doesn't want to close the door on his NBA career.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Yao To Have Ankle Fracture Repaired

ESPN

Bryant Leads All Vote-Getters In 2nd Return

Kobe Bryant is the overall leader with 1,153,694 votes.

Press Release

Houston Shopping Virtually Everyone

ESPN.com's Chad Ford has heard nearly every member of the Rockets mentioned in trade talks.

Chad Ford/ESPN.com

Rockets Want Prospect, Pick And Expiring Contract For Yao

The Rockets are being very clear in what they want in return for Yao Ming and the $8 million in savings he can bring to a team.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter)

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