Yao Ming Through The Years

(credit: Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
Yao Ming Through The Years (credit: Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
Golden State Warriors v Houston Rockets
Golden State Warriors v Houston Rockets
HOUSTON, TX - MARCH 23: Yao Ming #11 of the Houston Rockets stands with his team during the National Anthem before the game against the Golden State Warriors on March 23, 2011 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2011 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
Houston Rockets Read to Achieve
Houston Rockets Read to Achieve
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 25: Yao Ming #11 of the Houston Rockets signs his autograph for children during the Houston Rockets Read to Achieve event on February 25, 2011 at the Space Center Houston in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2011 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
Houston Rockets Read to Achieve
Houston Rockets Read to Achieve
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 25: Yao Ming #11 of the Houston Rockets reads to children during the Houston Rockets Read to Achieve event on February 25, 2011 at the Space Center Houston in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2011 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
Phoenix Suns v Houston Rockets
Phoenix Suns v Houston Rockets
HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 22: Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets attends the game against the Phoenix Suns on November 22, 2010 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
Los Angeles Lakers v Houston Rockets
Los Angeles Lakers v Houston Rockets
HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 01: Yao Ming #11 of the Houston Rockets is interviewed by the media before the game against the Los Angeles Lakers on December 1, 2010 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
Houston Rockets v San Antonio Spurs
Houston Rockets v San Antonio Spurs
SAN ANTONIO - NOVEMBER 6: (L-R) Luis Scola #4 and Yao Ming #11 of the Houston Rockets look on from the bench during the game against the San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center on November 6, 2010 in San Antonio, Texas. The Spurs won 124-121 in overtime. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photos by D. Clarke Evans/NBAE via Getty Images)
Houston Rockets v Washington Wizards
Houston Rockets v Washington Wizards
WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 10: Andray Blatche #7 of the Washington Wizards drives against Yoa Ming #11 of the Houston Rockets at the Verizon Center on November 10, 2010 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
New Orleans Hornets v Houston Rockets
New Orleans Hornets v Houston Rockets
HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 3: Yao Ming #11 of the Houston Rockets shoots a free throw during a game against the New Orleans Hornets on November 3, 2010 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
Minnesota Timberwolves v Houston Rockets
Minnesota Timberwolves v Houston Rockets
HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 7: Yao Ming #11 of the Houston Rockets tips-off against Darko Milicic #31 of the Minnesota Timberwolves on November 7, 2010 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
Houston Rockets Media Day
Houston Rockets Media Day
HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 24: Yao Ming #11 of the Houston Rockets poses during media day on September 24, 2010 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
Houston Rockets center Yao Ming (C) watc
Houston Rockets center Yao Ming (C) watc
Houston Rockets center Yao Ming (C) watches a basketball show as he takes part in a promotion event for Yao Foundation Charity Tour, in Beijing on July 25, 2010. Yao said it will take at least one injury-free NBA season before he can even start thinking about regaining his best form for the Houston Rockets. AFP PHOTO/Franko Lee (Photo credit should read Franko Lee/AFP/Getty Images)
Houston Rockets v Portland Trail Blazers, Game 5
Houston Rockets v Portland Trail Blazers, Game 5
PORTLAND, OR - APRIL 28: Yao Ming #11 of the Houston Rockets focuses while sitting on the sideline prior to Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at the Rose Garden Arena on April 28, 2009 in Portland, Oregon. The Blazers won 88-77. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2009 NBAE (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)
Houston Rockets v Portland Trail Blazers, Game 5
Houston Rockets v Portland Trail Blazers, Game 5
PORTLAND, OR - APRIL 28: Yao Ming #11 of the Houston Rockets stands on the court during Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Portland Trail Blazers during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at the Rose Garden Arena on April 28, 2009 in Portland, Oregon. The Blazers won 88-77. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2009 NBAE (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)
Houston Rockets v Portland Trail Blazers, Game 5
Houston Rockets v Portland Trail Blazers, Game 5
PORTLAND, OR - APRIL 28: Yao Ming #11 of the Houston Rockets stands on the court in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Portland Trail Blazers during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at the Rose Garden Arena on April 28, 2009 in Portland, Oregon. The Blazers won 88-77. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2009 NBAE (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)
Portland Trail Blazers v Houston Rockets, Game 4
Portland Trail Blazers v Houston Rockets, Game 4
HOUSTON - APRIL 26: Yao Ming #11 of the Houston Rockets looks to pass against Travis Outlaw #25 of the Portland Trail Blazers in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at the Toyota Center on April 26, 2009 in Houston, Texas. The Rockets won 89-88. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2009 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
New York Knicks v Houston Rockets
New York Knicks v Houston Rockets
HOUSTON - JANUARY 10: Yao Ming #11 of the Houston Rockets drives the ball past David Lee #42 of the New York Knicks on January 10, 2009 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2009 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
Houston Rockets v Oklahoma City Thunder
Houston Rockets v Oklahoma City Thunder
OKLAHOMA CITY - JANUARY 9: Yao Ming #11 of the Houston Rockets goes up for a dunk against Jeff Green #22 of the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Ford Center on January 9, 2009 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2009 NBAE (Photo by Larry W. Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)
Olympics - Closing Ceremony
Olympics - Closing Ceremony
BEIJING - AUGUST 24: Basketball player Yao Ming of China is seen in the National Stadium during the Closing Ceremony for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 24, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Yao Ming and LeBron James Attend Coca Cola Event
Yao Ming and LeBron James Attend Coca Cola Event
BEIJING, CHINA-AUGUST 21:China's Olympic basketball star Yao Ming shares a laugh on stage with USA's LeBron James at the Olympic Shuang Zone August 21, 2008 in Beijing. The Shuang Zone, sponsored by Coca Cola allows locals to attend free concerts offering something music and fun to many who want to enjoy the Olympic spirit. (Photo Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 4 - Basketball
Olympics Day 4 - Basketball
BEIJING - AUGUST 12: Yao Ming #13 of China shoots a free-throw against Spain during day 4 of the men's preliminary basketball game at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games at the Beijing Olympic Basketball gymnasium on August 12, 2008 in Beijing, China. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2008 NBAE (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Houston Rockets v Utah Jazz
Houston Rockets v Utah Jazz
SALT LAKE CITY - NOVEMBER 1: Yao Ming #11 of the Houston Rockets looks on during the game against the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena on November 1, 2007 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Rockets won 106-95. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2007 NBAE (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)
New Jersey Nets v Houston Rockets
New Jersey Nets v Houston Rockets
HOUSTON - MARCH 9: Yao Ming #11 of the Houston Rockets hooks a shot over Josh Boone #2 of the New Jersey Nets at the Toyota Center on March 9, 2007 in Houston, Texas. The Rockets won 112-91. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2007 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
China's centre Yao Ming passes the ball
China's centre Yao Ming passes the ball
Sapporo, JAPAN: China's centre Yao Ming passes the ball during an official training session for the Group D preliminary round of the World Basketball Championships in Sapporo, 17 August 2006. China will face Italy on the opening day of the tournament 19 August. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA (Photo credit should read TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)
Yao Ming and Drew Gooden Action Portrait
Yao Ming and Drew Gooden Action Portrait
HOUSTON - MARCH 24: Yao Ming #11 of the Houston Rockets battles for rebound against Drew Gooden #90 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during an NBA game at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas on March 24, 2005. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2005 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
Rockets v Trail Blazers
Rockets v Trail Blazers
PORTLAND, OR - MARCH 22: Yao Ming #11 of the Houston Rockets boxes out Theo Ratliff #42 of the Portland Trail Blazers during the game at the Rose Garden on March 22, 2004 in Portland, Oregon. The Rockets won in overtime 93-85. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)
Rockets v Hornets
Rockets v Hornets
NEW ORLEANS - DECEMBER 5: Yao Ming #11 of the Houston Rockets and George Lynch #9 of the New Orleans Hornets battle for a rebound December 5, 2003 at New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, LA. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
Yao Ming to the basket past Bradley
Yao Ming to the basket past Bradley
HOUSTON - FEBRUARY 21: Yao Ming #11 of the Houston Rockets goes to the basket around Shawn Bradley #44 of the Dallas Mavericks during the NBA game at Compaq Center on February 21, 2003 in Houston, Texas. The Mavericks won 100-85. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2003 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE/Getty Images)
Yao Ming and Cuttino Mobley share a laugh
Yao Ming and Cuttino Mobley share a laugh
HOUSTON - DECEMBER 17: (R-L) Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets and teammate Cuttino Mobley share a laugh during a holiday visit to Texas Children's Hospital on December 17, 2002 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER:User expressly acknowleges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Bill Baptist NBAE/Getty Images)
Yao Ming dribbles around Brian Grant
Yao Ming dribbles around Brian Grant
MIAMI - DECEMBER 16: Yao Ming #11 of the Houston Rockets dribbles around Brian Grant #44 of the Miami Heat during the game at American Airlines Arena on December 16, 2002 in Miami, Florida. The Rockets won in overtime 105-100. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: Copyright 2002 NBAE (Photo by: Victor Baldizon/NBAE/Getty Images)
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