ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The first time I met Yao Ming, he shook my hand and my hand pretty much disappeared. I’d been covering the NBA for a few years, but I’d never been around someone as big as Yao. Even though the NBA universe is populated by seven-footers, but there’s a sizable (pun intended) difference between being seven feet tall and being seven feet plus six inches, like Yao.
Injuries ended Yao’s career much too soon in 2011, and since then he’s actively diversified his interests: going back to school, championing charitable causes and investing in different businesses. And as he’s hopped around the globe, we’ve seen more and more photos of Yao pop up where we’re reminded just what a giant he is. A few week ago we saw a photo of Yao and Ricky Rubio, and since then I’ve been keeping my eye out for pictures of Yao being Yao…
Yao with Ralph Sampson, Dwight Howard, Hakeen Olajuwon and Elvin Hayes
Yao with Ricky Rubio
Yao in Napa Valley
Yao with a 4-11 waitress
Yao with Jay Williams
Yao with Pro Bowl defensive end JJ Watt