Tuesday, December 11, 2012
DEC 12 YAO MING WANTS KIDS IN CHINA TO EXERCISE MORE
It's been a couple years since every one's favorite Chinese Basketball star YAO MING laced up his sneakers. You see, Yao retired last year. But don't worry...he is not spending his days on a rocking chair in Shanghai. No way! Today, YAO is busy promoting the C.B.A. (Chinese Basketball Association). Currently in its twentieth season, the league has seventeen teams in two divisions. Recently, YAO (a co-owner of the Shanghai franchise) sat down with some journalists in hopes of raising international awareness about the CBA. While the DUNER BLOG wasn't specifically invited to Beijing...we will help our hero spread the message.
During YAO's playing days, he put up some BIG numbers is the N.B.A. In nine All-Star seasons, he averaged nearly twenty points and ten rebounds a game for the Houston Rockets. However, as an athlete, YAO is most proud of his achievements with the Chinese National Basketball teams. The 7 foot 6 inch (2.3 meter) center anchored the Olympic squad three times, in 2000, 2004 and...his favorite accomplishment...in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Under his leadership, China reached the quarterfinals each time...China's highest finishes ever. However, with Yao's retirement, the Chinese team sputtered. At this year's London Olympics they did not win a single game.
Simply put, YAO MING wants China to produce its own basketball stars. It already has a billion kids ready to learn. It already has lots of gyms and practice facilities. The main problem, according to Yao, is: "convincing the country’s schools and parents to give students a break from their relentless study schedules" He stresses the need for a better balance for China's youth. Yao feels "education is not only about homework and examinations. Physical education is important, too."