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姚明入选名人堂全中国为之喝彩
CHINA CHEERS YAO MING SELECTION TOP HALL OF FAME

作者:比格公司 点击率:265 发布时间:2016-04-06 14:01:39

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CHINA CHEERS YAO MING SELECTION TOP HALL OF FAME

Along with the 600 million basketball followers, including 300 million Chinese basketball players in China, we join in saluting China’s #1 sports icon & global ambassador Yao Ming on his selection into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame announced on April 4th fittingly in Houston Texas where he made hismark as an NBA star.

Having known Yao since his days as young teenager at the Shanghai Sports Institute I have been very fortunate over the last twenty years to have been involved in a few of Yao’s many developmental moments that have led to his present status as an outstanding gentleman &citizen of the world.  Whether it be our sharing a long flight (& a great conversation) back from India at the Asian Basketball Confederation World Qualifying Junior Championships in 1996 (which I managed) where he led China to the title and was selected MVP, his participation in our 2000 NBA Legends Tour, through to BIG staff supporting his operations of the Yao-Nash Charity Game, up to most recently donating our services & basketball publications to the Yao Foundation, it has been a journey that I have enjoyed immensely.

His outstanding accomplishments both on & off the court are too many to list here but here are a few to digest.

His pro career began at the age of 17 with the Shanghai Sharks who he led to the 2001-2002 championship breaking the 7-year run of the Bayi Rockets led by Wang ZhiZhi. He would go on to rescue the Sharks from financial troubles by purchasing them in 2009.

He became the NBA #1 overall selection by the Houston Rockets in the 2002 NBA draft becoming the first overall #1 selection ever to be selected without attending a USA university. He went on to become an 8-time NBA all-star in a career that saw him score 9,247 points, block 920 shots & grab 4,494 rebounds.

Yao participated in 3 Olympic Games and achieved China’s highest sporting honor when he was selected to carry the Chinese flag at both the2004 & 2008 Olympics.

His off-court contributions match his accomplishments on the court. His Yao Foundation is a leader in the support of underprivileged children and relief projects. He serves as a global ambassador for Special Olympics as well as spokesman for WildAid. Most recently he has taken on the responsibility of chairman of the new CBA League organization that will lead Chinese professional basketball into a new commercial & development era. Yao has also been at the forefront in promoting the improvement of school sports in China.

His proud parents Yao Zhiyuan& Fang Fengdi, both basketball players in their day, who Ms. Lin & I have known for close to 20 years, have raised their son in a way we would all like our children to turn out. Now a proud husband to Ye Li, a former China national team player, and a proud father to 6-year old Yao Qinlei “Amy”, Yao is a dedicated family man, entrepreneur, advocate and ambassador for China.


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姚明入选名人堂全中国为之喝彩

    全世界有6亿多篮球迷,其中的3亿则是中国人。44日,在中国受到极大崇拜的头号体育标志和全球形象大使姚明在德克萨斯的休斯顿被正式选入奈斯密斯篮球名人堂,颇为巧合的是他正是在休斯顿成为一名NBA巨星。

当姚明还只是上海体育学院一名十来岁的学生时我就已经认识了他,而在随后的二十多年间我也有幸见证了他许多重要的时刻,并成为一名具有世界影响力的人物。1996年亚洲世界青年篮球锦标赛资格赛姚明率领中国队夺冠并荣获MVP,我们乘坐同一班航班从印度返航;2000年他参与了NBA传奇之旅;随后在比格的帮助下成功举办了“Yao-Nash”(姚明-纳什)慈善赛,也是近期为止为姚基金募集善款最多的活动;这些经历都是我享受非常、铭记于心的。

不论是场上还是场下,姚明所取得的成就都是值得大书特书的,但在这儿限于篇幅我只能选择重要的来说。

他的篮球职业生涯正式开启于17岁,在2001-2002赛季他带领上海大鲨鱼队夺得了CBA的冠军,一举打破了由王治郅领衔的八一火箭队对CBA冠军长达7年的垄断。而在2009年,已经功成名就的姚明更是帮助老东家上海大鲨鱼队摆脱了财务危机。

2002年姚明在NBA选秀大会上被休斯顿火箭队以状元秀的身份选走,而他也成为了NBA首个没有加入过美国大学校队的状元秀。纵观整个NBA生涯,姚明攻入选了8次全明星阵容,总得分高达9247分,抢断920次,篮板4494个。

姚明还参加过三届奥运会,并获得了中国球员的最高荣誉——2004年和2008年两次作为奥运会开幕式的中国队旗手。

而姚明在场外的表现也丝毫不逊色于场内。他所创办的“姚”基金一直都是帮助贫困儿童以及扶贫计划的先行者。于此同时他还是特殊奥运会的全球大使、野生动物救援协会的发言人。而在最近,他还牵头成立了中职篮公司,并担任董事长,而这个公司也将把中国篮球带往职业化和商业化的新纪元。于此同时姚明还倾力推动校园运动项目的开展。

姚明的父母姚志源和方凤娣曾经都是篮球运动员,我和林女士认识他们二十多年。他们把自己的儿子培养得很成功,我们所有人也都期望能像他们一样。姚明的妻子叶莉曾经也是中国女子篮球国家队的一员,而现在他们的女儿姚沁蕾也已经六岁了。如今的姚明不仅是一个专注家庭的男人,一位成功的商人,更是中国的一面旗帜和形象大使。