The Year of the Yao

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The Year of the Yao
Review (8/10)
(By Jeffrey Chen)

Few people have lives that lend themselves to fable as easily as Yao Ming's. Here is a Chinese man over seven feet tall -- already extremely unique in that regard -- playing basketball in Shanghai when, at 21 years old, forces converge to demand he become an international star and a sports idol. In the eyes of the Chinese, he's a symbol of athletic pride and a goodwill ambassador; for the National Basketball Association, he represents another big s ...

The Year of the Yao

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The Year of the Yao
Review (8/10)
(By Brendan Cullin)

The Year of the Yao is a documentary-style movie chronicling the rise of basketball player Yao Ming from a young up-and-coming player in China to a 7 foot 5 inches tall superstar in the NBA. We follow Yao Ming from the day he was drafted first overall by the Houston Rockets in the 2002 NBA draft, to the day he left China to head to America with his parents and the weight of a nation on his shoulders and on through his first year in the NBA. The m ...

The Year of the Yao

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The Year of the Yao
Yao Ming - He stands 7 feet 6 inches tall and is just 22 years old. To the Chinese nation of one billion, he is a heroic son and symbol of its increasing presence on the world stage. To the National Basketball Association, he is a poster child for the globalization of the sport and potentially its first iconic superstar from outside North America and Europe. To his teammates on the Houston Rockets, he is the key to a successful championship season. To basketball fans, comedians and even commenta ...