Yao Ming

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Name: Yao Ming

Country: China/United States of America

Date of birth: 12 September 1980

Education: College Graduate 

Type of business: Basketball Player

Main Achievements: Yao Ming led his team to the win the 2002 All-Tournament Team, FIBA World Cup. Yao Ming was named the FIBA Diamond Ball Top Scorer in 2004.

Something interesting about the person: Alongside his team members, Wang Zhi Zhi and Mengke Bateer, Ya Ming was called ‘The Walking Great Wall’ because of their height.


The internationally recognized famous basketball player, Yao Ming, is known for being the center of in NBA for the Houston Rockets basketball team. Yao Ming, when he reached the age of 12, started practicing basketball in a local sports academy. Yao Ming joined the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) in 1997.

His athletic work was not gone unnoticed when he led the Chinese team at the 2000 Olympic Games that were held in Sydney. His achievement won him national and international praise. With a height approximately measured to be 7-foot and 60inches, He was accepted in the 2002 Yao Ming’s commendable work in the basketball court earned him to be named the All-NBA Team five times. 

Yao Ming, with his international reputation at the very top, has led his country into numerous successful ventures. The Chinese national team was led into the FIBA Asian Cup and Championship in 2001, 2003, and 2005. Winning the gold medal in all three, Yao Ming was titled to be the MVP of all three tournaments. 

As the sport goes, one faces a lot of injuries in the basketball court. Yao Ming, in the 2005-2006 NBA, was injured. This hindered his ability to participate in the 2006 FIBA World Championship. However, the minor injury did not stop Yao Ming from achieving his dream, and he entered the tournament, winning with 36 points and ten rebounds against Slovenia. Despite losing to Greece in the first knock-out, Yao Ming bid farewell with an average of 25.3 points, yet making the most in the tournament. 

Achievement after achievement welcomed Yao Ming in his basketball career. From 2003 to 2009 and then in 2011, he was named the NBA All-Star, a total of eight times. In 2003, he was also titled to be the NBA All-Rookie First Team and the NBA Rookie All-Star Game the following year, i.e., 2004. In 2003, he was titled the Rookie of the Year by Sporting News and the Laureus Newcomer of the Year.

Yao Ming met Ye Li, a female basketball player, also from China when he was 17 years of age. Where Ye Li was not fascinated by this national sensation at the time, however, once Yao Ming brought her the team pins which he has collected during his time in the 2000 Summer Olympics, romance blossomed between them. Their relationship was made public in the 2004 Olympics, where they appeared together. The two basketball players got married in 2007, which they did not publicize to the media. Their daughter, Yao Qinlei, was born in Houston, Texas, in 2010. 

Alongside Ric Bucher, an ESPN sportswriter, Yao Ming’s autobiography titled Yao: A Life of the Two World in 2004. To better narrate his life when he became an NBA rookie, the documentary ‘The Year of the Yao” was also formulated. In 2011, Yao Ming decided to work on his education and enrolled in college. He studied at the Antai College of Economics & Management of Shanghai Jiao Tong University. After seven years in 2018, Yao Ming achieved his degree in the field of economics.

In 2011, Yao Ming announced his retirement plan. In a press conference held in Shanghai, he stated that he would be retiring from basketball. For the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, Yao was nominated by a member to contribute to the game. However, being freshly retired, Yao asked for an extension and delaying the consideration. In 2016, alongside other NBA champions, namely Shaquille O’Neal and Allen Iverson, Yao Ming was inducted into the Hall of Fame. 

Yao Ming is a basketball athlete who has made his name in the court due to his commendable skills. From a nationally admired figure based in China, he made his name by taking his country’s worth in the Olympics. He was recognized and drafted into NBA as a basketball player who has integrated his legacy in Houston Rockets. Yao Ming, even though has retired, is still a living legend.