Yao Ming (Chinese: ε§ζ; Pinyin: YΓ‘o MΓng) (born September 12 1980, in Shanghai, China) is a Chinese professional basketball player and is considered one of the best centers in the National Basketball Association (NBA) today. He is also among the tallest of players in the NBA standing at a height of 7'6". He is the only son of his father Yao Zhiyuan and Fang Fengdi. He played for the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) for five years, and now plays center for the Houston Rockets in the NBA. He was selected by Houston as the 1st overall pick of the 2002 NBA Draft and signed with them on October 21, 2002.
Yao was born to his 6β7β (2.01 meter) tall father Yao Zhiyuan, and his 6'2" (1.88 m) mother Fang Fengdi, who was the captain of the womenβs national team that won the first Asian Championship in 1976. He was born with the weight of 11 pounds, twice the average size in China, and was 5β5β by age ten, and 6β6β (2 meters) by the time he was thirteen. He developed...
The Year of the Yao is a 2004 documentary film telling the first year of basketball player Yao Ming in the United States. The movie co-stars Colin Pine, Yao Ming's interpreter.