Yao Ming, the NBA's overhyped Chinese import.

Yao Ming, the NBA's overhyped Chinese import.

The stadium scene.
May 22 2002 3:58 PM

The Tao of Yao

How good is the NBA's next Chinese import?

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Ironically, the difficulty in getting to the NBA may wind up being Yao's greatest asset. The idea of returning to a nation of empty arenas, all-controlling coaches, and indentured servitude in anything less than triumph will surely motivate him to improve and get stronger. Compared to that, ritual abuse at the hands of Shaq, Duncan, and Garnett is penny candy indeed.

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