Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets blocks out David Robinson of the San Antonio Spurs in a preseason NBA game on October 23, 2002. Photo: AFP
Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets blocks out David Robinson of the San Antonio Spurs in a preseason NBA game on October 23, 2002. Photo: AFP

On this day: Yao Ming goes first in NBA draft – from ‘disaster waiting to happen’ to All-Star

  • Houston Rockets take No 1 pick after prolonged journey to the draft for Shanghai Sharks star
  • Pundit Bill Simmons guaranteed that China star would go down as one of the ‘great draft day blunders’

Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets blocks out David Robinson of the San Antonio Spurs in a preseason NBA game on October 23, 2002. Photo: AFP
Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets blocks out David Robinson of the San Antonio Spurs in a preseason NBA game on October 23, 2002. Photo: AFP
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