Posts Tagged ‘Yao Ming’

The Baron Davis Comeback Continues

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last week we saw Baron Davis, who was in New Orleans for the All-Star weekend, attempt to mount an NBA comeback and get pretty much no help from the “Inside the NBA” crew.

This week Baron’s comeback saga continues as he explores the possibility of playing overseas…


VIDEO: Baron’s Comeback Continues

Yao Ming Still Making People Look Small

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve been here before. A few months ago we saw what happens when biggest of big men Yao Ming takes photos next to normal-sized folks. The result: Everyone looks tiny.

And if we ever needed confirmation, here’s a photo from China (from Adam Silver‘s Instagram, of all places) of Yao Ming hanging out with the 5-3 Muggsy Bogues, the shortest player in NBA history.

Yep, Yao’s still really tall.

(via Deadspin)

Yao Ming Making People Look Small

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

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Yao with Ricky Rubio

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Yao in Napa Valley

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Yao with a 4-11 waitress

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Yao with Jay Williams

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Yao with Pro Bowl defensive end JJ Watt

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Dwight Howard Signs With Rockets, Looks Small

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few weeks ago we saw a photo of Ricky Rubio and Yao Ming, in which Yao made Ricky look positively small.

Well, over the weekend the Rockets introduced their free agent prize, Dwight Howard, to their fans in Houston. There to greet Dwight were several of the great centers from the Rockets’ franchise history — Yao Ming, Hakeem Olajuwon, Ralph Sampson and Elvin Hayes.

And for once in his life, Dwight — who next to most  people looks like the Colossus of Rhodes — suddenly looked downright little.

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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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(via Instagram)

Watch This Woman Paint A Portrait Of Yao Ming With Nothing But A Basketball

by Micah Hart

The Internet, bringing you people’s needless (but impressive) talents since 1995:

I am pretty sure we’ll be seeing this woman during halftime at some NBA game in the near future:

H/T The Daily What

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Yao Ming’s career, appropriately remembered via Taiwanese animation

by Micah Hart

We are all sad that Yao Ming is hanging it up after nine years in the NBA, but if that is what it takes to get a little Taiwanese animation retrospective for the big man’s career, well, I guess that’s a fair trade.*

*Just kidding. We’d rather still have Yao. But we do love a good animated reenactment.

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10 NBA-related costumes for Halloween

by Micah Hart

If you are like me, you have presumably waited until the last minute to decide what to dress as for Halloween this year. If you are also like me, working with the NBA so much has made it almost impossible to come up with costume ideas that don’t somehow relate back to my day-to-day activities (ok, that probably doesn’t apply to you as much).

With that in mind, here are 10 costume ideas for you to consider before heading out to trick-or-treat on Sunday night:


10. Lawrence Frank-enstein

More costume ideas after the jump…

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Extend, Trade, or Cut – Young Centers Edition

by Micah Hart

It’s Monday, which means it’s time to start the week off right with a little hoops arguing. Today’s episode of extend, trade, or cut is brought to you by the Prime Minister (familiar to anyone who reads the Hang Time Blog) who had a good suggestion for today’s discussion — a trio of the NBA’s best young pivotmen in the Hawks’ Al Horford, the Lakers’ Andrew Bynum, and Grizzlies big man Marc Gasol.

Just to refresh you on the rules, picture yourself as the GM of a mythical NBA franchise, and pretend that you have to choose between three players. One player you can extend with a new contract, one player you can trade for some mythical asset(s), and one player you must cut from your roster for eternity (it’s a harsh world). You may choose each option only once.

Let’s take a look at the candidates:

Al Horford: I’m not saying which way I will vote on Big Al, but I must admit upfront a healthy bias towards him from my days covering the Hawks. Here is a comment you often hear about the Hawks: “They’d be good if they had a legit center instead of having to play Horford there rather than his natural power forward position.” This statement is a crock o’ something. Here’s a little stat I just made up — Horford is better than 90 percent of the centers in the league. I’d actually have to do some research to decide exactly where he fits in, but just because he struggles to check Dwight Howard and Yao Ming doesn’t mean he’s out of his depth in the post. You know who else has trouble checking Dwight and Yao? Everyone.

Andrew Bynum: The Lakers big man is brimming with talent, and when he’s been healthy he’s established that he is capable of being a perennial All-Star. Alas, that health just hasn’t been a constant. In fact, being injured has been the constant, as he has only played 82 games once in his five-year career. Still, Bynum is only 22 (he turns 23 next week), and if the injuries get under control, he could be the best center in the league.

Marc Gasol: Is he as good as his brother Pau? Maybe not. But for as much grief as the Grizzlies get for trading Gasol the Elder to L.A. (and believe me, I’m with you), I don’t know if they get enough credit for getting Gasol the Younger in return. Marc is pretty much exactly what you want in an NBA center – he rebounds, he protects the rim, and he has the traditional Euro-style abilities to be a good passer and solid face-up shooter. If anything, I still wonder why Memphis (with Gasol in the fold) would draft Hasheem Thabeet instead of homegrown hero Tyreke Evans.

Them’s your choices. Now it’s your turn to weigh in – what’s your poison?

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