Born on September 12, 1980, Yao Ming is a former Chinese basketball player hailing from Shanghai. He began his journey in the sport with the Shanghai Sharks in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) league. Notably, he stands as the sole non-American player to have topped NBA All-Star votes, showcasing his prowess as an athlete, coach, and sports personality.
He became a part of Shanghai during his teenage years, entering the scene at an early stage. He spent five years on their senior team in CBA, culminating in a championship victory during his last seasons.
Due to a string of foot and ankle injuries, he was unable to participate in 250 games during his last six seasons. As a result, he made the decision to retire from professional basketball in July 2011. This announcement came as unfortunate news for both his fans in China and the United States.
Early Life, Parents & Profile
Yao Ming, a dynamic and fearless athlete, was 39 years old in 2019. His father, Yao Zhiyuan, and mother, Fang Fengdi, both had careers as professional basketball players.
Born on September 12, 1980, he emerged as his parents’ sole offspring, devoid of any siblings. Remarkably, at birth, he tipped the scales at twice the weight of typical infants.
He commenced his basketball journey during his early childhood and even enrolled in a junior sports academy at the age of 9. He later pursued his higher education at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. His remarkable height is a genetic legacy from his parents.
Personal Life, Girlfriend & Dating
Yao Ming, a highly renowned athlete in China, opted for voluntary retirement from basketball following a foot injury. Subsequently, he assumed the role of chairman of the Chinese Basketball Association.
He later married his beloved girlfriend Ye Li, a Chinese professional basketball player, whom he met at the age of 17. After dating for 9 years, they eventually got married in August 2007.
The couple has a 6-year-old daughter named Yao Qinlei, who is unusually tall considering the genetic expectations for a child’s height.
|Wiki & Bio|
|Real Full Birth Name||Yao Ming.|
|Nickname||The Great Wall of “Yao” and
The “Ming” Dynasty.
|Profession||Professional Basketball Player.|
|Age (As of 2019)||39 years old.|
|Date of Birth (DOB), Birthday||September 12, 1980.|
|Awards & Achievements||
|Sun Sign (Zodiac Sign)||Virgo.|
|Religion||Will Update Soon.|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height||Feet & Inches: 7′ 6″ tall.
Meters: 2.29 m.
|Weight||Kilograms: 141 Kg.
Pounds: 311 lbs.
|Body Measurements (chest-waist-Neck)||42-36- 16.|
|Shoe Size||18 (US) and 22 (UK).|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown.|
|Famous Relatives||Not Known.|
|Dating History?||In a relationship with her partner Ye Li.|
|Husband/Spouse Name||Ye Li (the female basketballer).|
|Daughter||Yao Qinlei (6 years old).|
|School||Will Update Soon.|
|College/ University||Shanghai Jiao Tong University.|
|Hobbies & Favorite Things|
Michael Jordan (Basketball player).
|Dream Holiday Destination||Japan.|
|Love to do||Play Basketball.|
|Favorite Food||Pizza, Burger & Chicken.|
|Net worth (approx.)||$130 million US dollars.|
|Income Source||Basketball Salary, Business Ventures, Assets & Rent.|
|Official Website||He never associated with any personal site.|
|Phone No.||Not Known.|
|Email ID||[email protected]|
Some Lesser Known Facts about Yao Ming
- With this Amazing height, he even overshadowed players like Shaquille O’Neal and Kareem Abdul Jamal, who was among the tallest with 7ft 1 inch.
- He was 11 pounds at the time of his birth, which was 5 times heavier than the normal baby weight.
- He was also known by the name of The Great Wall of “Yao” and The “Ming” Dynasty because of his huge height and weight.
- He always takes advantage of his height, even at the basketball court, it becomes very difficult for the opponent to grab the ball from his hands.
- Presently, he is not interested in any basketball sport, and reading about military history, and the ancient battles of China.
- Apart from playing basketball he also serves as an ambassador for elephant conservation.
- Yao Ming is a born star because of his mindblowing height and dashing personality.
- Because of his presence in the Chinese basketball team he able to make good followers in Social media. Available on Instagram by, @YaoMing, Facebook, YaoMing and Twitter, @YaoMing.
- During the initial days of his career, he signed a nine-year contract with Houston in 2002 and earned an annual average salary of $10,333,333.
- Also, earned a total of $93 million as a salary. Earned highest in his final season, when Rockets paid Ming $17.6 million.
- Yao announced very bad news to his lover or fans on 20 July 2011 about his retirement from basketball in a press conference in Shanghai.
- Because of his injuries on his foot and ankle, including the third fracture to his left foot, he decided to take voluntary retirement.
- Yao Ming’s height is 7.6 inches and weight is 141 kilograms. His height is inherited from his parents, where his dad’s height is 6 ft 7 inches (201 cm) and his mom’s height is 6 ft 3 inches (190 cm).
- In 2019, the NBA recently celebrated Yao’s 39th Birthday.
- He wears jersey number 11.
- During his journey as a player, he didn’t miss a single game.
- When he was a kid, he also suffered a huge hearing loss.
- He is able to make the quarter-finals of the Olympic tournament twice with China.
- Able to outscored Shaq five times and outrebounded him eight times in the 18 games, which they played against each other.
- His highest score was 41 points vs. Atlanta in 2004.
- After Wang Zhizhi and Mengke Bateer, he becomes the third Chinese player in the NBA.