PYONGYANG: Former NBA star Yao Ming attended a friendly basketball match between China and North Korea in Pyongyang on Thursday (Oct 11) amid warming ties between the neighbours.The eight-time NBA all-star is visiting the North Korean capital this week as part of a high-level Chinese sports delegation.Choe Ryong Hae - one of the closest aides to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un - and China's sports minister Gou Zhongwen also watched the men's friendlies at the Ryugyong Jong Ju Yong stadium.Kim, an avowed NBA fan who met former Chicago Bull Dennis Rodman several times in Pyongyang, was not present.After the match, ex-Houston Rockets centre Yao Ming posed for photos with both Chinese and North Korean players.Relations between Pyongyang and Beijing have gone through a rough patch in recent years, with China backing United Nations sanctions to punish its Cold War-era ally for its nuclear activities.But ties have recently improved as Kim met President Xi Jinping in China three times … [Read more...] about Ex-NBA star Yao Ming attends basketball friendly in North Korea
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Dennis Rodman benched for Yao Ming at Pyongyang friendly? (philstar.com) - October 10, 2018 - 12:40pm PYONGYANG, North Korea — Has Dennis Rodman, the former NBA star-turned pal of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, been benched for Chinese hoop legend Yao Ming? The former Houston Rockets center and eight-time NBA all-star took center court in Pyongyang, North Korea's capital, on Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time) as Chinese and North Korean basketball players held a friendly match, part of a high-profile sports exchange between the two countries intended to help thaw ties that had been growing chilly over the past year. Senior ruling party officials turned up for the game, but Kim, who was famously serenaded with the birthday song by Rodman in Pyongyang in January 2014, didn't attend. On the court, Chinese female basketball players who are visiting Pyongyang this week mixed together with North Korean female players to form two … [Read more...] about Dennis Rodman benched for Yao Ming at Pyongyang friendly?
Chinese quintet means business in Jakarta Nelson Beltran (The Philippine Star) - August 18, 2018 - 2:38pm JAKARTA – For China, the FIBA World Cup qualifier is a mere training ground, but the Asian Games is a battle to be won. And that makes the Chinese the outstanding favorite in the tourney -- a tall mountain to climb for Gilas Pilipinas even with the presence of Fil-Am NBA player Jordan Clarkson. Just consider the lineup the Chinese sent here – their best in the FIFA WC qualifiers and their two current NBA players in the Houston Rockets’ center Zhou Qi and the Dallas Mavericks’ Ding Yanyuhang. China is obviously not taking the World Cup eliminator seriously since it is seeded in the World Cup proper as the host country in 2019. In fact, it is alternating two training teams in the qualifiers. No less than 28 players have been fielded in their first six games in the WC qualifiers, winning three and … [Read more...] about Chinese quintet means business in Jakarta
Clarkson, Yao Ming keen observers at Asian Games basketball (Associated Press) - August 16, 2018 - 6:30pm JAKARTA, Indonesia — Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson watched from the bench, not quite able to make it to the Asian Games in time to play in the opening game for the Philippines. Yao Ming was there, too, also keeping a close eye on the Philippines’ opening 96-59 win over Kazakhstan. After getting a special exemption from the NBA to play for the Philippines in Jakarta, the US-born Clarkson should be ready to suit up for the next game against China. And that has the attention of ex-Houston Rockets and Chinese all-star center Yao. Chinese retired professional basketball player Yao Ming watches during the match of Philippines against Kazakhstan during their men’s basketball match at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) Clarkson, one of … [Read more...] about Clarkson, Yao Ming keen observers at Asian Games basketball
Yao Ming, the former Chinese basketball star and NBA Houston Rockets center, received his bachelor’s degree together with some 3,300 graduates in the class of 2018 at Shanghai Jiao Tong University on Sunday. Speaking at the commencement ceremony as a graduate representative, the 38-year-old recalled his past seven years of study after retiring from basketball in 2011. “I had promised to my parents when I entered the CBA (Chinese Basketball Association) at the age of 17 that I would come back to finish college after I was done with my sportsman’s life,” he said. “If not for that promise, I might have quit several times, especially when I studied the course of advanced mathematics. Read also: Asia Pacific’s most innovative universities in 2018 “But over time, I came to believe the process of learning is more important than the result,” Yao said. “Try to combine your own future plans with society’s development, because … [Read more...] about Yao Ming graduates from Shanghai Jiao Tong University