Ming Yao was born on September 12, 1980 in Shanghai, China.
Yao Ming is a former Chinese NBA basketball player. He last played for the Houston Rockets team.
At 2.29 m (7 ft 6 in), he is among the tallest players in NBA history.
Father is 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) tall and mother is 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) tall
Yao's parents were the tallest wives in China.
In the 2002 NBA Draft, he was chosen by the Houston Rockets at the 1st place.
4 years of success as an All-Star.
Yao Ming's height is 2.29 and his weight is 141 kg. His position is Pivot. Its nickname is "The Dynasty".
He decided to quit basketball - at the age of 30 - after his injury, which prevented him from playing basketball for 2 years.
He started with the Shanghai Sharks as a teenager and played on their senior team for five years in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA).
Yao could not play in any matches in 2009-2010, and in 2010-2011, he was only able to play in 5 matches.
Yao is married to Ye Li, who used to play for the China women's national basketball team.
He is one of China's best-known athletes. He has sponsorships with several major companies, and he has been the richest celebrity in China for six straight years, earning US$51 million (CN¥357 million) in 2008.