Tag:Yao Ming
Posted on: November 3, 2011 9:31 am
Edited on: November 3, 2011 9:44 am

2KSports announces new NBA 2K12 legends pack

By Matt Moore

NBA 2K12's a pretty rad game all around (yeah, I said rad, you want to make something of it, McFly?), but the coolest feature has been their legends system, allowing players to play with greats like Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, and even great teams like Chris Webber's early-2000's Kings. It's been particularly interesting seeing younger players learn about stars like Sydney Moncrief and Moses Malone. Based off that success, in coordination with their new Legends Showcase update they're selling for the holidays, 2KSports announced a new batch of superstars available for download. And the list is a doozy. From the presser: 

Complete List of New Legends
George Mikan (1951 Lakers) David Thompson (1978 Nuggets) Derek Harper (1990 Mavericks)
Bob Cousy (1957 Celtics) Jamaal Wilkes (1981 Lakers) Tom Chambers (1990 Suns)
Bob Pettit (1959 Hawks) Jack Sikma (1982 Sonics) Kevin Johnson (1990 Suns)
Nate Thurmond (1967 Warriors) Alex English (1983 Nuggets) Reggie Lewis (1993 Celtics)
Lenny Wilkens (1968 Hawks) Adrian Dantley (1984 Jazz) Dan Majerle (1993 Suns)
Dave Bing (1968 Pistons) Bernard King (1984 Knicks) Kenny Anderson (1994 Nets)
Wes Unseld (1969 Bullets) Rolando Blackman (1984 Mavericks) Cedric Ceballos (1994 Suns)
Connie Hawkins (1970 Suns) Kiki Vandeweghe (1984 Nuggets) Dee Brown (1995 Celtics)
Dave Cowens (1973 Celtics) Mark Eaton (1985 Jazz) Gheorge Muresan (1996 Bullets)
Tiny Archibald (1973 Kings) Sleepy Floyd (1987 Warriors) Glen Rice (1997 Hornets)
Spencer Haywood (1973 Sonics) Fat Lever (1988 Nuggets) Shawn Bradley (1997 Mavericks)
Bob McAdoo (1975 Braves) Mark Jackson (1989 Knicks) Steve Smith (1998 Hawks)
Elvin Hayes (1975 Bullets) Kenny Walker (1989 Knicks) Jalen Rose (2001 Pacers)
Rick Barry (1975 Warriors) Dale Ellis (1989 Sonics) Jamal Mashburn (2003 Hornets)
Bob Lanier (1977 Pistons) Artis Gilmore (1978 Bulls) Yao Ming 
Some notes:

  • David Thompson and Alex English for the win. Just had to get that out of the way. 
  •  The addition of Yao should not be overlooked. The game significantly provides an advantage to height. Granted, I'm terrible at the game, but no one should be able to drop 50 on anyone with Hasheem Thabeet. No one. Yao could be devastating. 
  • Lots of pure shooters in this update, which could make for some fun H-O-R-S-E contests in the new legends pack. 
  • Notably still absent are Allen Iverson, Reggie Miller and Charles Barkley. 
Which legend interests you the most? How outraged are you by the continued absence of Charles Barkley?
Category: NBA
Posted on: August 31, 2011 2:35 pm
Edited on: August 31, 2011 5:16 pm

Yao Ming: Hall of Fame nomination should wait

Posted by Ben Golliver


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

Posted on: August 10, 2011 5:48 pm
Edited on: August 10, 2011 5:53 pm

Report: Houston to host 2013 NBA All-Star Weekend

Posted by Ben Gollivermcgrady-yao

The NBA All-Star Game is reportedly heading back to Texas.

MyFoxHouston.com reports that Houston will play host to the NBA's annual weekend extravaganza in 2013.
NBA sources told FOX 26 Sports the Houston Rockets and the City of Houston landed the NBA All-Star Game in 2013. The game will be played at Toyota Center on Feb. 17, 2013. NBA All-Star week will be Feb. 15-17. The Rockets and Toyota Center also hosted the game in 2006.

Houston is the United States' fourth largest city, boasting a population of more than 2 million residents. It also happens to be in a warm weather locale unlike New York City and Chicago. That's crucial for a multi-venue, multi-day event that takes place in February.

The big question: will the hometown Rockets have an All-Star selected to the Western Conference squad? Center Yao Ming was a penciled-in starter for years thanks to his contingent of Chinese fans, but his retirement in July created a huge hole in the middle and a massive absence of starpower on the roster.

The last member of the Rockets to make an All-Star Game besides Yao was the since-departed Tracy McGrady, in 2007. No current member of the Rockets looks like a potential All-Star, unless point Kyle Lowry somehow continues to improve by leaps and bounds or wing Kevin Martin stays healthy to put together a career year of high-efficiency basketball. If neither of those eventualities develop, there is one last possibility: the Rockets could finally cash in all of their minor assets to make a long-anticipated trade for a legit star. Don't hold your breath.

The city of Orlando, Florida, and the brand spanking new Amway Center are on tap to host the 2012 NBA All-Star Game, should it take place.

Posted on: August 8, 2011 9:00 pm
Edited on: August 8, 2011 9:03 pm

Yao Ming to enter Naismith Hall of Fame in 2012?

Posted by Ben Golliver


When Houston Rockets center Yao Ming announced his retirement from the NBA in July at a ceremony in Beijing, the league's commissioner David Stern promised that the league hadn't seen the last of him. Indeed, it now sounds like we'll be seeing more of Yao on a grand stage even sooner than we might have imagined.

ProBasketballTalk.com reported on Monday that there is a loophole in the Hall of Fame's rules that could see Yao fast-tracked for induction.
According to enshrinement guidelines for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, “A player must be fully retired for five years before being eligible for Enshrinement. He/she may then be considered for Enshrinement in the sixth year of retirement.”

Because the Rockets center appeared in five games this past season, that would have him eligible in 2017.

However, there is no such waiting period when it comes to enshrining a “contributor.” And that could create the need for a Beijing-Springfield non-stop as soon as next summer.
Later Monday, NBA.com reported that representatives from the Chinese Basketball Association and media will likely proceed with nominating Yao under the "contributor" umbrella for possible enshrinement with the Class of 2012.
While there is no such thing as certainty in a balloting so secretive that even the voters are never revealed, let alone the results, Yao as a contributor removes the debate that might have accompanied his nomination as a player after a career decimated by injury. Plus, after announcing his retirement from the Rockets in July, he would not have been eligible for enshrinement until 2017. 

This unique approach would put Yao on the ballot that is submitted in late-2011 and faces two rounds of voting before inductees for the Class of 2012 are announced at the Final Four in New Orleans. The actual enshrinement would be later in the summer, likely August, in Springfield.

Yao has not yet been nominated, but John Doleva, the president and CEO of the Hall, reported he has talked with Chinese basketball officials and media who called to get clarification on the process. They replied, Doleva said, that paperwork would come in time for the 2012 ballot.

When word first broke that Yao was planning to hang it up, the Eye on Basketball staff agreed unanimously that Yao would enter the Hall of Fame for his impact on the globalization of the game even if he wasn't inducted based on the merits of his injury-plagued career. We just had no idea it would happen this quickly.  

Posted on: July 30, 2011 1:12 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2011 1:51 pm

Aaron Brooks looking hard at China?

Posted by Royce Young

Ready for another somewhat boring NBA-player-to-overseas-team rumor? Well have I got something for you, because this one isn't entirely boring. According to HoopsWorld, Suns guard Aaron Brooks has been extended an attractive offer from a team in China and is strongly considering it.

Brooks is currently a restricted free agent, but was extended a qualifying offer from Phoenix, so he is under an NBA contract and would need an opt-out clause and all that good stuff.

What makes Brooks more interesting than your average player-to-consider-overseas rumor is that he's really popular in China and would probably be in really good shape there. Brooks was a key player for the Rockets for a couple seasons and as you might remember, Yao Ming played for the Rockets. So Brooks has a lot of fans still there.

He also has some remaining endorsement deals and has made several trips to the area over the past few years.

Of course this is going to hinge on what happens with the upcoming negotiations, but one interesting fit could be the team Yao owns, the Shaghai Sharks. I'm sure Brooks still has a good relationship with his former teammate and would likely receive some pretty solid treatment while he's there too.

Brooks is likely going to be a key cog in the Suns' future though and I'm sure general manager Lance Blanks and owner Robert Sarver might cringe a bit if he takes off. Brooks is in somewhat of a compromised position though because of his contract status, so that would have to be sorted out although FIBA recently granted clearance for NBA players to head overseas.
Posted on: July 22, 2011 4:25 pm
Edited on: July 23, 2011 12:37 pm

Video: Yao gets Taiwanese animator tribute

Posted by Royce Young

Sort of the new litmus test to find out how big a story is, is for it to receive the now legendary Taiwanese animation treatment. And with Yao Ming's retirement last week being huge news, what better way to put a bow on his career than by weird animation? Answer: There isn't.

Category: NBA
Posted on: July 20, 2011 2:18 am
Edited on: July 20, 2011 2:35 am

Yao Ming announces retirement in China video

Houston Rockets center Yao Ming officially announced his retirement in Shanghai, China. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Houston Rockets center Yao Ming officially announced his retirement from the NBA at a press conference in Shanghai, China, in front of a crowd that included his family, Rockets GM Daryl Morey, Chinese Basketball officials and hundreds of media members.

He began by addressing the crowd in Chinese. 

"Today I need to make a personal decision as a basketball player," Yao said through a translator. "I will stop my basketball career and I will formally retire."

Yao then went on to give a list of thanks, which started with the game itself. "I am grateful to basketball. It has brought happiness to many people, including myself."

Yao said he would not leave basketball completely and will begin working with the Shanghai Sharks, the Chinese team he played for prior to coming to the NBA. He said he hoped his forthcoming work with the Sharks would "help bring happiness to the fans" and serve as a "contribution to the Chinese basketball industry."

"This will be just a comma, not a period," Yao promised. "I will not leave basketball, I have many things to do."

After that statement, Yao briefly addressed his "friends overseas" in English. 

"I would like to thank you for giving me a great nine years during my NBA career," Yao told Rockets fans. "Nine years ago I come to Houston as a young, tall, skinny player. The entire city and team changed me into a grown man. Not only a basketball player. And also I had my first daughter over there. I feel like a Houstonian and I will always be with you."

"I've been around a lot of great players, but none as hardworking as Yao Ming," Morey said. "Such a great player, how humble he is, also his humor, how funny he is."

Here's video of Yao's opening remarks in Chinese, which are translated to English.

Here's video of Yao's direct statement to Rockets fans in English.

Posted on: July 19, 2011 9:53 am
Edited on: July 19, 2011 10:01 am

Should China go smaller, faster post-Yao?

By Matt Moore

Yao Ming is set to retire from basketball on Wednesday, closing the most successful chapter in Chinese basketball history. But with the population still very much in search of basketball glory, the nation's basketball program organizers are setting the stage for the future of the sport in China. 

The New York Times reports Tuesday on the state of basketball in the world's most populous nation, and an interesting opinion from one of the top figures in their national program: the goal should be to "play small" with their program, not try and find the next Yao.
“We can either choose to blame the gods and whine about our misfortune or we can step up to the plate and train the next generation of basketball talent,” Zhang Weiping, a basketball commentator and former national team member, wrote in an editorial last week.

China, Zhang wrote in Basketball Pioneers magazine, must develop smaller, faster and more skilled players like the ones who thrive in the West.

“China has no shortage of this kind of talent,” he said. “We simply have coaching and systemic problems that prevent us from discovering and developing these players.”
via Yao’s Retirement Forces China to Rethink Basketball System - NYTimes.com.

The idea's pretty obvious, right? There's not a whole lot of 7-6 people walking around anywhere. But the plan is much smarter than that. The NBA has adapted to smaller and faster players. Derrick Rose, Rajon Rondo, Chris Paul and John Wall are all superstars but are all also point guards. 

It would be one thing to just try to capitalize on the tallest players available in the nation, but that strategy puts too much pressure on those players who enter the program. Instead, trying to find a solution which incorporates the strength of the national program with a wider range of individuals is a better solution. The problem, of course, is finding talent in the country's huge population. That means more development of programs.

The NBA recently shut down its offices in Paris and Tokyo, but has wisely kept a presence in China. The NBA could flourish with a symbiotic relationship with China, and commissioner David Stern knows this. Of course, first they've got to get their own ducks in a row before they start helping China to improve its talent development.
Category: NBA
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