Yao Ming

Nation expects Yao Ming to succeed in second career

Yao Ming

Yao Ming, the biggest international sports star yet produced by China, says his studies at Shanghai Jiao Tong University are now his priority, sidestepping questions about his career plans.

Saturday, 29 June, 2013, 5:12am

Letters to the Editor, June 6, 2013

Teddy Sheringham in action at the Sevens. Photo: Edward Wong

Door still open for anti-Beijing parties

I am grateful to Anson Chan Fang On-sang for clearing the air in her letter ("Not opposed to nomination committee", May 29), which was a reply to my letter ("Nomination process not negotiable", May 20).

6 Jun 2013 - 2:10am 1 comment

Teen activist calls on Yao Ming to help her save tuskers

Celia Ho spreads her message outside a shop displaying ivory in Tsim Sha Tsui. Photo: Felix Wong

A local teenage activist is planning to rope celebrity basketball star Yao Ming into her campaign to save elephants from poachers. Fourteen-year-old Celia Ho Yen-kei's campaign began with a letter to the South China Morning Post last year in which she pleaded with countries worldwide to stop killing the endangered species for their tusks.

14 Mar 2013 - 5:33am

Yao Ming wants to use CPPCC role to promote role of sport

Former NBA player Yao Ming says he will continue to push sports development after attending the CPPCC session. Photo: Reuters

Former basketball star Yao Ming has called for Chinese sports to get back to basics and not be viewed solely as a way of advancing national honour. The 2.26-metre-tall former Houston Rockets centre, who played in the United States' elite NBA competition for eight seasons and spearheaded a basketball boom in China, said he was feeling some pressure in his new role as a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).

5 Mar 2013 - 4:38am 1 comment

Who said it?

Yao Ming

My dream is that sports can become more than a way of winning national glory, but a way to cultivate robust bodies and inspiring minds

Basketball ace Yao Ming


His first words were, 'I'm innocent. I'm not the killer'

Tangiers police chief Abdallah Bellahfid on arresting Britain's most wanted man, Du Anxiang


5 Mar 2013 - 3:59am

Who said it?

Lam Tai-Fai

A mean person and a gentleman view integrity differently, as do a crook and a philanthropist

Lawmaker Lam Tai-fai on questions over Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's integrity


I've been able to use this height to my advantage. Plus, the air is fresher up here

29 Nov 2012 - 2:49am

Yao Ming gets honorary degree from HKU

Yao Ming gets honorary degree from HKU

China's basketball superstar Yao Ming collects an honorary degree at a University of Hong Kong graduation ceremony yesterday. Yao was honoured along with Mr Justice Kemal Bokhary, who received an honorary doctorate of law, and property developer Henry Cheng Kar-shun, who, like Yao, received a doctorate of social science. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

28 Nov 2012 - 8:48am

Talking points

Lamma crash suspects report to police

Lamma crash suspects report to police

27 Nov 2012 - 5:01am

Ex-NBA's Tracy McGrady denies money a factor in China move

Tracy McGrady (centre) arrives at Liuting International Airport in Qingdao last week. Photo: Xinhua

Two-time NBA scoring champion Tracy McGrady has denied money was a factor in his decision to join the Qingdao Eagles in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA).

“I played 15 years in the NBA,” the CBA’s highest-profile import told the China Daily newspaper. “I made a lot of money. No, money has nothing to do with it.”

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Talking points

Paul Peters

'Dirk Struan' banker to be sentenced

19 Oct 2012 - 2:12am

Clippers beat Miami in Shanghai

Retired NBA star Yao Ming watches the Clippers-Heat exhibition game from the sidelines on Sunday in Shanghai. Photo: AFP

The Los Angeles Clippers used a dominant inside attack to dispatch reigning NBA champion Miami Heat 99-89 in an exhibition match on Sunday in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,000 in Shanghai.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Yao laments stagnation of sports in schools

Former NBA star Yao Ming played for China in the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Photo: Xinhua

Former NBA all-star Yao Ming has called for China's school system to invest more in sport at the grass-roots level, claiming much was needed to be done to prevent further stagnation.

30 Aug 2012 - 1:53pm

NBA star thanks fans on 'Linsanity' tour of Beijing

In his first trip to Beijing this week, American-born NBA star Jeremy Lin gave his fans a heartfelt thanks and devoured several helpings of a signature Beijing dish.

'We had Beijing kaoya [roast duck] last night - we had a lot,' Lin, of Chinese descent, said yesterday. He spoke mostly in English, occasionally using Putonghua, such as the name of the dish. 'It was very good.'

15 Aug 2012 - 11:20pm

Basketball superstar Yao is a natural champion

Carving out legendary status as China's first NBA superstar meant Yao Ming sacrificed many things, not least indulging his boyhood love of nature, due to an all-consuming training regime. But a trip last year to the wetlands of Hainan Island rekindled his passion.

13 May 2012 - 12:00am

Li Na paid price for being honest

Win or lose, the day's work is not over for a top professional player after a match. Afterwards comes the obligatory post-game interview, in which the player must keep thinking on his or her feet to appear gracious in victory or defeat and avoid controversy.

18 Mar 2012 - 12:00am