The Time Ricky Rubio Met Yao Ming

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERRicky Rubio is a relatively tall dude. I was with him just last week. I’m a bit over 6-foot-1, and Ricky is a few inches inch taller that I am.

Yao Ming is a really tall dude. As a player he was listed at 7-foot-6, but with shoes on, he was probably a bit taller than even that. We know Yao is tall because years ago we put him on the cover of SLAM and ended up having to chop off the top of his head to make him fit on the cover.

This week, Ricky Rubio is in China, and he apparently had a chance to snap a photo with Yao Ming. And… yeah, Yao is still huge.

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  1. iivviiccaa79 says:

    I really miss Yao in NBA..

  2. Mark R. says:

    We all miss Yao. A true profesiional. Unlike some of the players we were all stuck with.

  3. Jaime says:

    Yao’s could have been the last great center. Great athlete great baller and even greater person.

  4. darko x says:

    Houston worked Yao too hard. In their defensive schemes you’d see him charging out to the three point line at times. @25 minutes a game&50 games a year he’d still be around. They had Mtumbo backing him up for a while , but even the Yao got all the minutes- until he got hurt. Too much stress on those feet and legs- a typical big man’s vulnerability; it was like asking a pitcher to pitch 100 pitches every night. The NBA is getting more aware, but there’s a similar problem today with point guards’ ankles and/or knees. That really became apparent in the intense schedules of the strike shortened season.

  5. Kevin says:

    @Darko That may have been a contributing factor but you have to remember Yao played on the Chinese national Men’s Team. He basically played year round for a dozen years. The main problem is humans are not meant to be that big and playing a sport at the highest levels eventually took it’s toll. Great player and great person. He is beloved in Houston.