Newspaper article China Post

Yao Ming Arrives in Taiwan for Cross-Strait Hoop Tourney

Newspaper article China Post

Yao Ming Arrives in Taiwan for Cross-Strait Hoop Tourney

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Former NBA star Yao Ming yesterday arrived in Taiwan to attend a three-day cross-strait basketball tournament. It is the former Houston Rockets All-Star center's fifth visit to Taipei but the first in his capacity as owner of the Shanghai Dongfang Sharks.

The Sharks and three teams from Taiwan and China will be competing in the tournament, which began yesterday and will run through Sunday in Taipei and the central city of Taichung.

Though here for the competition, local media yesterday were more interested in asking Yao about his views on NBA sensation Jeremy Lin, the first-ever Taiwanese-American NBA player and a newcomer to the Rockets.

"He (Lin) told me that he will not be joining us for the cross-strait cup," Yao told reporters with his trademark smile.

Yao said the Houston point guard is doing a brilliant job in the NBA by "walking on a path that no one has gone before.

"So I could not give any advice to him, I could only give him my blessing to stay healthy and keep doing his best," Yao added. …

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