Yao Ming, Sheryl Swoopes among Hall of Fame finalists

TORONTO (AP) -- Shaquille O'Neal was just 9 years old when his stepfather began teaching him basketball with a plan to dominate like Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.Young Shaquille didn't even know who they were.Now he's on the verge of joining them in basketball immortality."He told me this day would happen and I never believed him," O'Neal said of Phillip...
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The Latest: Curry says get ready, ads on uniform coming

TORONTO (AP) The Latest on Friday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local): --- 4:15 p.m. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has said more than once that advertisements on jerseys is an inevitable development. Reigning MVP Steph Curry said on Friday at his All-Star press conference that ''nothing is going to stop that train from coming.'' ''I don't want it...
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2016 Naismith Hall of Fame finalists announced

The 2016 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame finalists were announced on Friday, and it was hard not to notice three big names in NBA history are among the finalists. On top of the list were two of the best big men of their era in Shaquille O’Neal and Yao Ming, while one of the toughest point guards to ever play the game in Allen Iverson also appears at the top of the list of finalists...
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Ranking the 8 worst NBA All-Star selections ever

By definition, NBA All-Stars are the best of the best. In theory.But sometimes they disappoint and aren’t all that amazing—relative to their competition. Some were voted in by fans who may or may not have actually watched any games that season, or coaches who could not care less about who makes it and who doesn’t. Some were happy to accept lifetime achievement awards. Some...
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Shaq, Yao, Iverson look to take next step to Hall of Fame

TORONTO (AP) Shaquille O'Neal should be a lock. Yao Ming and Allen Iverson could join him. Two larger-than-life big men and one of basketball's most exciting little guys highlight the list of players, coaches and contributors who are eligible for induction this year into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. O'Neal and Iverson must get past an extra step by first being...
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2016 NBA All-Star Weekend Preview

Bryan Altman, CBS Local Sports Looking to fill a football-size void in your sports life? Well, lucky for you, the NBA’s All-Star weekend festivities get underway in Toronto this coming weekend, and just in time to fill your suddenly pigskin-less Sunday. Now, if you’re an NFL diehard and aren’t the biggest basketball fan out there, that’s ok. The NBA’s All-Star weekend is...
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Yao to help instruct at Basketball without Borders camp

NEW YORK (AP) Former NBA great Yao Ming will help provide instruction at the Basketball without Borders camp during All-Star weekend in Toronto. Current players Danilo Gallinari of Denver, Bruno Caboclo and Bismack Biyombo of the hometown Raptors, Greivis Vasquez of Milwaukee and Jeremy Lamb of Charlotte also will work at the Feb. 12-14 camp at Mattamy Athletic Centre. The NBA...
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Will expanding NBA All-Star rosters really make the game any better?

The NBA produces one of (and arguably the best) All-Star festivities year in and year out. It has something for everybody, whether it be the slam dunk contest, the rising stars challenge, or simply the game itself. However, discussions surrounding the intricacies of the All-Star Game have received much more criticism, and have come under a much greater microscope in recent times...
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January 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Shaq, Yao, Iverson headline Hall of Fame nominee list for 2016

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has announced its list of eligible candidates to be potentially inducted in 2016, and headlining the list are legendary NBA figures Yao Ming, Shaquille O’Neal and Allen Iverson. All three megastars are being made eligible a year earlier than normal, as the Hall adjusted the wait time from five years to four. This was likely done so...
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December 21, 2015  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Name the number one overall pick in each NBA draft since 1985

Who are the number one overall draft picks from every NBA draft since the beginning of the lottery era (1985)?
December 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Jay Williams recalls what Coach K told him after his career-ending motorcycle crash

Former Duke star Jay Williams suffered a near-fatal motorcycle crash back in 2003, barely one-year removed from being drafted no.2 overall behind Yao Ming. A promising prospect, his career ended that day, and that was all he could think about in the hospital but when Coach Mike Krzyzewski showed up, he didn’t let him doubt himself. Coach K handed Williams his mother’s rosary...
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December 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Basketball Hall of Fame alters eligibility rule

The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame is expected to shorten its eligibility timeline, allowing some players to be inducted earlier than expected.As it currently stands, a player must wait five full NBA seasons after retirement to become eligibility, but the new rule change would require a player to wait five calendar years instead. The new rule change is expected to have an immediate...
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December 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Shaq and Yao Ming are Hall of Fame eligible one year sooner after rule change

Thanks to a rule change, you might see some of your favorite basketball legends in the Hall of Fame one year sooner. Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com reports the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame is planning to change its eligibility rules, which will reduce the wait time by one year, allowing players to be inducted four seasons after retirement opposed to the five. The process before...
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December 14, 2015  |  Discuss

The Kristaps Porzingis comparison project

Player comparisons can be incredibly challenging at the NBA level because of unique skill sets and roles. The last few days have generated a fascinating discussion around Kristaps Porzingis that provides a good opportunity to shed light on one way to test ideas out. The only place to start is with the identifying characteristics of the player- the key parts of their game. Porzingis...
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November 25, 2015  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Every Houston Rockets player to make an All-Star team

The Houston Rockets have had 16 players voted to the Western Conference All-Stars since the 1967-68 season. How many can you name? The years given indicate the first season a player was voted to the All-Star team, with an ellipsis indicating more than one appearance.
November 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Steph Stradley answers Total Titans’ questions about the Texans

I’m pleased to be joined once again by Steph Stradley to preview the upcoming Titans-Texans game. Stephanie Stradley is a Houston lawyer who writes about the Houston Texans for the Houston Chronicle’s Ultimate Texans blog. You can find her personal blog at StephStradley.com. You also can (and should) follow her on Twitter. In addition to her answering questions I sent, I answered...
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October 29, 2015  |  Discuss

What's Yao Ming doing in retirement? Saving sharks

Former Houston Rockets All-Star center Yao Ming is one of the more important players in NBA history. He's the most successful NBA player from China, for starters, and his 7-foot-5 frame and beautiful soft touch made him pretty unique. It's safe to say we won't see another player like Yao Ming for quite some time. He's a rare talent. Perhaps it's fitting that in his retirement,...
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October 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Top 2016 NBA Draft Prospects Part 3: The Foreigners

Welcome to the third and final installment of "Top 2016 Draft Prospects." If you've kept up with each weekly article, I am both impressed with and very proud of you. If you haven't, then go ahead and have a looksie at the first two here and here.Now, your reaction to that may have been this:If that was the case, then I'll recap what I'm doing in this series so you're not totally...
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August 20, 2015  |  Discuss

China wins right to host 2019 Basketball World Cup

TOKYO (AP) With the help of Yao Ming, China won the right to host the 2019 Basketball World Cup. China beat out the Philippines in a vote at a FIBA meeting in Tokyo on Friday. The 2019 tournament will feature 32 teams for the first time. It will be the first World Cup played under FIBA's new qualifying process which begins in November 2017 and last 18 months. The United States is...
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August 07, 2015  |  Discuss

If Eagles were to sign a mainland Chinese player, jersey sales would increase by a million…

This is just a short break from the usual “da da da” coverage of Eagles training camp…oh, Bradford overthrew Agholor on a crossing pattern…oh, DeMarco Murray sat out the afternoon session… You know what would be really cool? If we could recruit a Chinese mainland athlete who had a shot to make this team… My immediate thoughts go to Yao Ming. He’s 35 and retired now...
Via Eagles Eye
August 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Star athletes pitch for Beijing, Almaty ahead of 2022 vote

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Former NBA star Yao Ming and Sochi Olympic bronze medalist figure skater Denis Ten differ in height by exactly two feet. The towering basketballer is representing Beijing's bid for the 2022 Olympics, and the diminutive figure skater is boosting the bid from Almaty, Kazakhstan. Size didn't factor into it Wednesday as both did their best to bring more attention...
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July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Joel Embiid rebroke same bone in his foot

Joel Embiid has yet to appear in an NBA game since he was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers last year, and you have to wonder if he ever will. Embiid is expected to miss the entire 2015-2016 season after suffering a setback in his surgically-repaired foot. Embiid missed all of his rookie season after surgery...Read More
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July 20, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 NBA Draft most watched ever for ESPN

This year’s NBA Draft really didn’t have the national hype and anticipation of other big drafts in recent years.  There was no surefire franchise like LeBron James, no global icon like Yao Ming, and no real drama or uncertainty with the top selection.  With so many freshman and international players going in the Top 10, there weren’t many deep allegiances to the players...
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June 27, 2015  |  Discuss

The Final Take: Russell vs Mudiay

I’ve seen tons of articles all over the internet comparing D’Angelo Russell and Emmanuel Mudiay. I’ve seen hundreds of opinions on this topic. Many I found to be quite idiotic, while some had good points. I decided to write my own comparison of the 2 prospects, which is resulting in The Final Take. We’re comparing the 2 candidates the Sixers might take with the 3rd overall...
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June 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Celtics bring in six for workout, including "Yao Ming of India"

The Celtics brought in six players to work out on Thursday: David Kravish (California), Cliff Alexander (Kansas), Maxie Esho (UMass), Chasson Randle (Stanford), George de Paula (Brazil). But, the final prospect towered above the rest. That man-child? Satnam Singh from India by way of IMG Academy in Florida.The 19-year-old Singh checks in at a sturdy 7'2" and 290 pounds and is considered...
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May 29, 2015  |  Discuss
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