Latest Yao Stories

2006-06-26 20:50:53

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's injured center Yao Ming is under no pressure to play at next month's world championship in Japan, according to the commissioner of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). The four-times NBA All Star broke his left foot playing for Houston Rockets on April 11, putting in doubt his participation in basketball's international showpiece starting on August 19. "We will by no means urge him to play the world championship in Japan," commissioner Li Yuanwei told...

2006-04-21 08:16:40

BEIJING (Reuters) - Injured Yao Ming will not be pressured by China's basketball officials to rush back into the national team, Yao's management has said. A possible six-month recuperation period for Yao's broken foot -- sustained during an NBA match earlier in the month -- has put in doubt the Houston Rockets center's fitness for the world championships in September. Friday's Shanghai Morning Post quoted Zhang Mingji, spokesman for Team Yao, as saying the Chinese Basketball...

2006-04-13 03:03:38

BEIJING (Reuters) - Denial, anxiety and finger-pointing are some of China's reactions to news the country's towering basketball icon Yao Ming may miss this year's World Championships through injury. The Houston Rockets' announcement of a possible six-month recuperation period for Yao's broken foot -- sustained during an NBA match on Monday -- was greeted with skepticism by China's top basketball administration. Perhaps the reporters who covered the news had misheard, Hu Jia, deputy...

2005-09-15 00:18:29

BEIJING (Reuters) - China romped over Saudi Arabia for a 98-10 win at the Asian Basketball Championships, even with star center Yao Ming on the bench and only its second-string team on the court, Xinhua news agency said on Thursday. The hapless Saudis managed only four points in the first quarter of Wednesday's game and only two points in each of the following quarters. With the lop-sided victory, three-time defending champions China earned a semi-final berth, where it will meet...

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