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  • In a video message played at the press conference, NBA Commissioner David Stern called Yao Ming a "transformational player", adding that he was a testament to the globalization of the game of basketball.

    Chinese Basketball Superstar Yao Ming Retires

  • Jeremy Lin refers to Yao Ming as a friend and role model, who the 23-year-old sensation talks to after every game Two friends catch dinner whenever they're in the same city Frank Isola / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Published: Sunday, February 12, 2012, 1:10 AM

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  • Jeremy Lin refers to Yao Ming as a friend and role model, who the 23-year-old sensation talks to after every game Two friends catch dinner whenever they're in the same city

    NYDN Rss

  • N.B.A. has a good marketing policy, and superstars such as Yao Ming help, said Mutong.

    NYT > Home Page

  • And China's best-known basketball player, Yao Ming, became a megastar in China only after he made it in America.

    In China, NBA's Stephon Marbury is a hit

  • Youngsters are picking up rackets to emulate China's newest and—with Yao Ming having announced his retirement from the National Basketball Association—possibly its most famous sports role model.

    For the Love of Prize Money

  • Jon Barry, who played for the Rockets when Thibodeau was an assistant there under Van Gundy, said Thibodeau was an effective one-on-one teacher, citing the countless hours he spent working with Yao Ming on his footwork and the daily handwritten notes he made for each of the team's players.

    The NBA's Regular-Guy Coach

  • For Asian Americans like myself, it's easy to see the birth of Linsanity as some long-gestating version of karmic retribution: too many years spent as a long-suffering Clippers fan; too much time spent considering the brittle legacy of Yao Ming; too much pride spent feeling the sting that accompanies every reference to Yi Jianlian's private workouts with Le Chair.

    Chi Tung: Linsanity: The Point God of Sports Memes

  • Chinese NBA star Yao Ming is launching his own California winery as China's thirst for wine intensifies.

    Yao Ming Courts China's Wine Boom

  • Distributed by French beverage giant Pernod Ricard SA, bottles in the first 5,000-case run will be labeled simply Yao Ming and aimed at the top end of the market.

    Yao Ming Courts China's Wine Boom

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