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Yao Ming: Hall of Fame nomination should wait

Posted on: August 31, 2011 2:35 pm
Edited on: August 31, 2011 5:16 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliver

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Only one person is standing between Yao Ming and the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2012. That person is Yao Ming himself.

Shortly after Yao retired from the NBA due to ongoing injury issues earlier this summer, word surfaced that representatives of the Chinese Basketball Association wanted to fast-track his nomination to the Hall of Fame, nominating him as a contributor to the game rather than as a player and thereby allowing him to bypass the standard five-year waiting period. If successful, Yao would have been inducted next summer.

MyFoxHouston.com reports that Yao believes that plan is "inappropriate" and would rather let some time pass. 
A representative of former Houston Rockets center Yao Ming informed the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Wednesday that Yao feels it is premature for him to be on the ballot for the Hall of Fame in 2012.

"Yao believes it is inappropriate for him to be considered for induction to the Hall of Fame at this time," said John Huizinga, Yao's agent, in an interview with FOX 26 Sports.

The Associated Press adds a few additional details from the Hall of Fame's CEO John Doleva.

"[Yao's agent] indicated that Yao has great respect for the institution and equal respect for those elected before his consideration," Doleva said in a phone interview. "He just feels that it's too soon to be considered as a contributor."

"I got the feeling that he and his people have thought long and hard about this," Doleva said. "I appreciated the fact that he referenced his respect for the institution, especially for those who've been elected."

Well, that's typical Yao, pure class through and through. 

There's no question that he will eventually enter the Hall, but there's also no rush either. If Yao is uncomfortable with the attention or questions that would accompany a fast-track nomination or if he simply wants to be treated on the same level as the other players that came before him or played alongside him, that is totally understandable. The last thing you want entering an immortal place like the Hall is someone trying to float an asterick next to your name.

Further, an induction to the Hall of Fame is meant to be a reflective exercise, and it's difficult to look back with perspective without a significant amount of time passing. An extra two, three or four years would only make the occasion that much more memorable.

Over eight NBA seasons, Yao averaged 19.0 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game. His credentials for induction as a player are questionable, but his key role in the globalization of basketball makes him a lock for induction as a contributor. The only question now is when.

Hat tip: SlamOnline.com

Comments

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: September 2, 2011 10:40 am
 

Yao Ming: Hall of Fame nomination should wait

China and in surrounding asian countries. No player ever has had the impact Yao has had when it comes to GLOBALIZATION of the NBA. I dont think you even know what that word means.

I don't think he knows what NBA stands for let alon Globalization, don't make his brain explode... sheesh... but honestly saying basketball was already that globalized is like saying Ichiro did noting to help out MLB. I know there were plenty before him, but none as hyped and who did what he did hitting the ball.



Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: September 2, 2011 9:45 am
 

Yao Ming: Hall of Fame nomination should wait

I can only hope your post is a joke xs games, if not you are the dumbest person to frequent this site. All of the players you mentioned were American players, Yao is from China. Since Yao came into the league the league has gotten millions more fans, in China and in surrounding asian countries. No player ever has had the impact Yao has had when it comes to GLOBALIZATION of the NBA. I dont think you even know what that word means.



Since: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: September 2, 2011 7:28 am
 

Yao Ming: Hall of Fame nomination should wait

If a "contributor" can be elected not based on NBA performance, but rather his effect on foreign basketball interest, surely Oscar Schmidt (five time Brazil Olympian; top scorer in three of them; most pro points scored ever) should be inducted if Yao is.


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Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: September 2, 2011 2:13 am
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Since: Dec 16, 2008
Posted on: September 2, 2011 12:30 am
 

Yao Ming: Hall of Fame nomination should wait

Yao Ming was at best an average NBA center. He never got his team out of the first round of the playoffs.

In fact, the only time the Rockets got out of the first round of the playoffs was WITHOUT Yao Ming while he was injured.

Why does the media keep putting his name out there for consideration for the Hall of Fame? He's not even CLOSE.

The Hall of Fame should be resevered for great players. Not Number 1 overall picks who happen to be 7"6 and chinese and who have a mediocre (at best) career that is filled with disappointment. Not to mention he only played for a short amount of time and during that time he was never among even the top 5 centers in the game at that time.

What a joke. Stop it already. Yao was a bust. Accept it.



Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: September 2, 2011 12:15 am
 

Yao Ming: Hall of Fame nomination should wait

The Chinese Basketball Association should be elected to the Hall of Infamy for its primary role in overworking Yao Ming and leading to this early retirement. I hope their attempt to push (force?) Yao's way into the Hall of Fame is an indirect show of guilt for what they did to him and what they took from him.



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: September 2, 2011 12:13 am
 

Yao Ming: Hall of Fame nomination should wait

he was a 1st pick overall BUST!


His career ended way too short




No hall of fame. 



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2011 3:15 pm
 

Yao Ming: Hall of Fame nomination should wait

if yao ming werent chinese he wouldnt even be considered for the hall of fame.  He was a good player(when he wasnt injured, which he seemed to be more than healthy).  They are just trying to "diversify" the hall of fame by downgrading the criteria to get into it.



Since: Sep 8, 2009
Posted on: September 1, 2011 9:48 am
 

Yao Ming: Hall of Fame nomination should wait

Did any of you even read the article? They are trying to get him elected not for his career stats, which are not hall worthy. They are trying to get him in as a contributor to the game. In this case, energizing the largest country in the world to start going basketball crazy.



Since: Sep 8, 2009
Posted on: September 1, 2011 9:46 am
 

Yao Ming: Hall of Fame nomination should wait

Yao is not a rug.


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