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Jeremy 'Lin-demand' in Chinaupdated: Fri Feb 17 2012 01:35:00

Jeremy Lin's improbable success in the NBA has prompted a spate of "gee-whiz" stories and added "Linsanity" into everyday lexicon.

Yao Ming retirement marks end of an eraupdated: Thu Jul 21 2011 03:24:00

With a short statement, China's tallest superstar Wednesday made it official that he has quit playing basketball, after weeks of intense media speculation on his future.

End of the Yao Ming eraupdated: Thu Jul 21 2011 03:24:00

An eight-time NBA All-Star Yao Ming announces his retirement, CNN's Stan Grant looks at the legacy he leaves behind.

Basketball star Yao Ming retiresupdated: Wed Jul 20 2011 13:12:00

NBA star Yao Ming announced his retirement during a news conference in China on Wednesday.

Yao Ming: NBA's towering presence looks to his futureupdated: Sat Jul 16 2011 20:05:00

It was the most neck-breaking assignment I've ever covered.

Yao Ming Retiring? Chinese Fans Hope Not Yetupdated: Tue Jul 12 2011 00:21:00

Yao Ming fans in China reacted with shock and disbelief when they learned from U.S. media reports Friday night that their basketball idol has decided to retire.

SI.com: Chris Mannix: Yao Ming retires from NBAupdated: Fri Jul 08 2011 14:42:00

Yao Ming, the 7-foot-6 top overall pick by Houston in the 2002 draft and one of the pivotal figures in the globalization of the NBA, has decided to retire, two sources told SI.com.

NBA star Yao Ming suffers fresh injury setbackupdated: Fri Dec 17 2010 10:16:00

Chinese basketball star Yao Ming has suffered a fresh injury setback which could place his NBA career in jeopardy.

Yao Ming's make or break seasonupdated: Wed Sep 15 2010 22:23:00

A colossus on and off the basketball court, Yao Ming is China's biggest sports star.

Yao Ming: Still in the gameupdated: Wed Sep 15 2010 22:23:00

Chinese basketball star Yao Ming recalls a tough year being sidelined with injury.

Chinese business world wants to play ballupdated: Fri Jul 03 2009 03:34:00

Chinese investors want to cash in on the country's NBA fever with a bid to buy a 15 percent stake in the Cleveland Cavaliers.

China cashes in on basketballupdated: Fri Jul 03 2009 03:34:00

CNN's Emily Chang reports Chinese basketball fans are excited about local investors buying part of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Yao Ming foot injury could 'end career'updated: Wed Jul 01 2009 08:50:00

Houston Rockets team physician Tom Clanton has said the foot injury currently sidelining Chinese center Yao Ming could threaten the seven-foot-six-inch player's career.

SI.com: Frank Deford: LeBron a specimen like no other in sportupdated: Wed Feb 25 2009 15:18:00

In basketball, the intrigue with the physical has always been devoted to the extremes of height -- the very tall and the very short: say, Yao Ming at 7-foot-6 or Nate Robinson at 5-9. That makes the fascination with LeBron James' body all the more unusual.

SI.com: Grading the West All-Starsupdated: Mon Feb 16 2009 00:06:00

Grading the West players from Sunday's NBA All-Star Game:

SI.com: Ian Thomsen: Mutombo's mission extends beyond basketballupdated: Fri Jan 23 2009 14:05:00

5. The making of new friends. "The hospital was going to cost $14 million,'' the 42-year-old Dikembe Mutombo says.

Rounding the bases in Beijingupdated: Mon Jan 12 2009 01:47:00

The United States and Cuba faced off at the Wukesong Main Field on Friday under a blue sky shortly before noon, the U.S. in white uniforms and Cuba in red.

Shooting high, bouncing back: Yao Mingupdated: Sun Jan 04 2009 22:12:00

You don't have to be a basketball fan to look up to Yao Ming, who at 7-feet-6-inches (2.29 meters) is now the tallest active player in NBA basketball.

SI.com: David Epstein: Kobe Bryant is my Sportsmanupdated: Tue Nov 25 2008 15:24:00

Sports Illustrated will announce its choice for Sportsman of the Year on Dec. 2. Here's one of the nominations for that honor by an SI writer. For more essays, click here.

People.com: Spectacle - and Tragedy - Open Beijing Olympicsupdated: Mon Aug 11 2008 07:04:00

Friday's dazzling kick-off (with Yao Ming and 14,000 others) is marred by the killing of an American Saturday

Time.com: US-China Hoops: Everyone Scoresupdated: Sun Aug 10 2008 16:35:00

US men's basketball team passes huge test, but the much-anticipated game gave all sides something to cheer

U.S. thrash China in basketball openerupdated: Sun Aug 10 2008 12:36:00

A day which started with a gold medal and world record for swimming ace Michael Phelps ended with more triumph for the United States as their vaunted basketball team crushed hosts China 101-70.

Yao Ming to carry Chinese flag in ceremonyupdated: Thu Aug 07 2008 12:05:00

Basketball hero Yao Ming has been given the honor of carrying the flag of host nation China at Friday's Olympic Games opening ceremony in Beijing.

SI.com: Alexander Wolff: What I'm looking forward to at the 2008 Gamesupdated: Mon Aug 04 2008 11:44:00

For the first time since Barcelona, there's real buzz surrounding Olympic men's basketball.

SI.com: Richard Deitsch: Liu Xiang meets Manhattanupdated: Thu May 29 2008 01:02:00

He stood 86 floors above the earth, staring down at lower Manhattan from a corner of the observation deck at the Empire State Building. Liu Xiang, the reigning gold medalist and world-record holder (12.88) in the 110-meter hurdles, had just completed a half hour of interviews with the broadcast press and had a minute to himself before a small army of print reporters met him. He turned his lanky body toward the fence, stretched his arms, and looked at the skyline below him.

SI.com: Marty Burns: Jazz's road woes could prove fatalupdated: Thu Mar 13 2008 17:08:00

It's one of the great mysteries of the NBA this season, right up there with the Rockets continuing to soar without Yao Ming, the Bulls' misplaced mojo and Isiah Thomas keeping his job.

SI.com: Marty Burns: NBA Power Rankingsupdated: Mon Mar 10 2008 22:54:00

OK, this Rockets thing is getting ridiculous. Nineteen straight wins!? The last seven without Yao Ming? For a team that features Rafer Alston at point guard? C'mon. Are the Rockets for real?

SI.com: Chris Mannix: The red-hot Rockets figured to plummet after Yao Ming went downupdated: Tue Mar 04 2008 09:11:00

Maybe the Houston Rockets didn't get the memo, the one that said their success was supposed to end when Yao Ming could no longer be a part of it. Maybe they forgot that you can't compete in the Western Conference without a dominant center and that their 7' 6" model was lost for the season on Feb. 26 with a stress fracture in his left foot. Maybe they weren't told that their 12-game winning streak was supposed to disappear with Yao; instead they capped off a perfect February and, with a 103-89 home victory over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday, matched a franchise record with 15 straight wins, vaulting them into fifth place in the West.

SI.com: Marty Burns: NBA Power Rankingsupdated: Mon Mar 03 2008 16:17:00

On the eve of the big Texas presidential primary, it's only fitting that two teams from the Lone Star State would be battling it out atop these Power Rankings. Yes, the Rockets and Spurs are this week's choice to head up this ticket. They get the edge over the similarly high-flying Lakers for now, though the race is tighter than the delegate count between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

SI.com: Marty Burns: NBA Power Rankingsupdated: Tue Feb 26 2008 16:07:00

(Editor's note: These rankings were compiled before the Rockets announced that Yao Ming would miss the rest of the season.)

Athletes prepare for Olympicsupdated: Fri Jan 18 2008 22:48:00

CNN's Kristie Lu Stout talks with Matthew Wells, captain of Australia's field hockey team, about training in Beijing.

SI.com: Paul Forrester: Rockets still believe in Yao-McGrady pairingupdated: Fri Jan 18 2008 17:48:00

After sputtering to a 13-15 start, an opening to the season that earned "Most Disappointing" honors from nearly every corner of the sports media universe, the Rockets have spun off seven wins in their last 11 games. A modest profit, to be sure, but one more befitting a team expected to contend in the Western Conference after winning 52 games last season.

SI.com: Marty Burns: NBA Power Rankingsupdated: Mon Nov 05 2007 15:08:00

Kobe Bryant didn't get traded. The league's new Big Three shined in its debut. And one city welcomed NBA basketball back to town (New Orleans) while another moved a step closer to losing its team (Seattle).

SI.com: Marty Burns: Ten rookies poised to make sudden impactupdated: Thu Oct 25 2007 12:59:00

Remember when high-impact NBA rookies were all peach-fuzzed kids right out of college? Those days are long gone. As the 2007-08 season gets set to tip-off, the top rookie is just as likely to be a world-weary European free agent sporting full facial hair and maybe a championship trophy or two from some international competition.

Bo Derek: We all must battle wildlife traffickersupdated: Wed Oct 24 2007 16:10:00

When I first visited the Galapagos Islands Marine Reserve, I expected to see an untouched paradise. While it is still beautiful to the naked eye, behind the scenes, all is not well. While there, I learned that the famous sharks of the Galapagos were under siege for their fins.

People.com: Yao Ming Marries Girlfriend in Shanghaiupdated: Tue Aug 07 2007 11:04:00

Houston Rockets' star center Yao Ming married longtime girlfriend - and basketball player for the Chinese national women's team - Ye Li at a posh hotel in his hometown of Shanghai on Monday, reports the Associated Press.

People.com: Yao Ming Engaged to Basketball-Player Girlfriendupdated: Mon Jun 25 2007 15:12:00

Basketball star Yao Ming, the 7' 6" center for the Houston Rockets, will marry his girlfriend after eight years of dating, Chinese state press reported Monday.

Olympic ticket sales over 1M markupdated: Thu May 17 2007 03:39:00

Beijing organizers have received 230,000 orders for 1.09 million tickets for next year's Olympic Games in the first month of sales, according to the official Web site.

SI.com: The missing 'Lenkupdated: Fri May 04 2007 00:59:00

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- The signs were everywhere, like a series of mirages. Perhaps they were not visible to the outsider, but for Jazz fans they were as clear to see as the Wasatch Mountains.

SI.com: Best NBA stories of '06-07updated: Mon Apr 30 2007 16:10:00

As we did last season, and the previous year, it's time for our third annual trip through some of my favorite stories from the previous NBA season.

SI.com: A man in fullupdated: Thu Apr 05 2007 13:02:00

The birth certificate from the Democratic Republic of Congo makes him out to be 40-years-old. But his NBA colleagues have long joked that the document must be forged because Dikembe Mutombo is years older than that. The punch line? That comes when Mutombo laughs along: Eyes squinting, cheeks bursting, his laughter fills the room like music in a jazz club, and he looks young enough to be a student at Georgetown all over again.

SI.com: Rocket boostupdated: Mon Jan 15 2007 11:52:00

Injuries to big-name players come up every season, but this year has been especially brutal. Shaquille O'Neal. Yao Ming. Lamar Odom. Paul Pierce. Chris Paul. Michael Redd. Those are just a handful of the big names currently out of commission.

SI.com: Agent Zero means businessupdated: Fri Jan 05 2007 15:10:00

The NBA's injury bug is starting to frustrate. Not only has it taken its toll on some of the league's best teams, but it's also starting to shake the infrastructure of these vaunted and venerated Player Rankings. No Yao Ming, no Pau Gasol, no Shaquille O'Neal, no Carmelo Anthony (he pulled a hamstring running from Jared Jeffries), no Paul Pierce, no Chauncey Billups, no Chris Paul, no Chris Bosh, no Rashard Lewis -- we're too close to having to throw in Devin Brown at No. 20 just to round out the list, and nobody wants that. Devin Brown doesn't even want that.

Fortune: From NBA to MBA: Shaq suits up for businessupdated: Thu Sep 21 2006 17:24:00

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL, entrepreneur

Is China ready for the fast track?updated: Wed Apr 05 2006 19:42:00

With his pop star looks, Jiang Tengyi could be an extra in a boy band. But this 21-year old is racing for the pride of China.

Fortune: The NBA's full court press in Chinaupdated: Fri Feb 17 2006 09:41:00

The NBA has committed its share of fouls in recent years -- it's never a good thing for a player to go after a fan in the stands -- but franchise values keep rising and corporate sponsors are jostling to get into business with the league. A big reason why is China.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Talkasia Transcriptupdated: Fri Jul 08 2005 00:19:00

Airdate July 2nd, 2005

China's Sundog eyes revolutionupdated: Tue May 17 2005 00:30:00

Yao Ming has a lot to be proud of.

Ma Jian paved way for sports fameupdated: Mon May 16 2005 23:32:00

On the crowded basketball courts of Beijing's vast urban sprawl, Ma Jian still carries himself like the basketball lion that he once was.

CNNMoney: Economists pick Olympic winnersupdated: Tue Aug 10 2004 11:27:00

On the eve of the Athens Olympics, the most pressing issue has nothing to do with security, last-minute ticket sales, or whether the concrete will dry on all those down-to-the-wire construction projects.

Beijing welcomes the Olympic flameupdated: Wed Jun 09 2004 10:07:00

NBA basketball star Yao Ming joined Chinese athletes and celebrities carrying the Olympic torch through Beijing on the latest leg of a journey from Sydney to Athens.

Yao Ming plays down hero statusupdated: Thu Apr 15 2004 16:14:00

In less than two years, Yao Ming has gone from being a cult sports hero in his native China to one of the world's most-recognized athletes. And he's only 23.

FSB: Hot Ticket Sold out? So what? Sports tour operators can get you great seats for big games in any sport you want (and maybe even updated: Thu May 01 2003 00:01:00

I'm worried about Michael. In fact, all I can think about is Michael Jordan and his deeply bruised right thigh. I wonder if the trainer is taking good care of him. I wonder if he's been stretching ...

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