Mind Map Gallery Yao Ming
This is a mind map about a sport star. Yao Ming is a Chinese basketball executive and former professional player.Edited at 2020-12-30 07:03:23
National team career
2000 and 2004 Olympics
Yao first played for China in the 2000 Summer Olympics, and he was dubbed, together with 7 ft (2.1 m) teammates Wang Zhizhi and Mengke Bateer, "The Walking Great Wall". During the 2004 Athens Olympics, Yao carried the Chinese flag during the opening ceremony, which he said was a "long dream come true". He then vowed to abstain from shaving his beard for half a year unless the Chinese national team made it into the quarter-finals of the 2004 Olympics. After Yao scored 39 points in a win against New Zealand, China lost 58–83, 57–82, and 52–89 against Spain, Argentina and Italy respectively. In the final group game, however, a 67–66 win over the reigning 2002 FIBA World Champions Serbia and Montenegro moved them into the quarterfinals. Yao scored 27 points and had 13 rebounds, and he hit two free throws with 28 seconds left that proved to be the winning margin.He averaged 20.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game while shooting 55.9% from the field.
Yao led the Chinese national team to three consecutive FIBA Asia Cup gold medals, winning the 2001 FIBA Asian Championship, the 2003 FIBA Asian Championship, and the 2005 FIBA Asian Championship. He was also named the MVP of all three tournaments.
2006 World Championship
Yao's injury at the end of the 2005–06 NBA season required a full six months of rest, threatening his participation in the 2006 FIBA World Championship. However, he recovered before the start of the tournament, and in the last game of the preliminary round, he had 36 points and 10 rebounds in a win against Slovenia to lead China into the Round of 16.In the first knockout round, however, China was defeated by eventual finalist Greece.Yao's final averages were 25.3 points, the most in the tournament, and 9.0 rebounds a game, which was fourth overall.
After having surgery to repair his fractured foot, Yao stated if he could not play in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, "It would be the biggest loss in my career to right now." He returned to play with the Chinese national team on July 17, 2008. On August 6, Yao carried the Olympic flame into Tiananmen Square, as part of the Olympic torch relay. He also carried the Chinese flag and led his country's delegation during the opening ceremony. Yao scored the first basket of the game, a three-pointer, in China's opening 2008 Olympics Basketball Tournament game against the eventual gold medal-winning United States.Following an overtime defeat to Spain, Yao scored 30 points in a win over Angola, and 25 points in a three-point win against Germany, which clinched China's place in the quarterfinals. However, China lost to Lithuania in the quarterfinals by 26 points, eliminating them from the tournament. Yao's 19 points a game were the second-highest in the Olympics, and his averages of 8.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game were third overall.
Awards and achievements
1. Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame: Class of 2016
2. 8× NBA All-Star: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011
3. 5× All-NBA Team
1. Second Team: 2007, 2009
2. Third Team: 2004, 2006, 2008
4. NBA All-Rookie First Team: 2003
5. NBA Rookie All-Star Game: 2004
6. Gold medal winner with Team China at the 2001, 2003, and 2005 FIBA Asia Cups
7. MVP of the 2001, 2003, 2005 FIBA Asia Cups
8. FIBA Diamond Ball Top Scorer: 2004
9. All-Tournament Team, FIBA World Cup: 2002
10. Chinese Basketball Association Champion: 2001–02
11. Rebounding leader in CBA in 2001–02
12. 2003 Sporting News Rookie of the Year
13. 2003 Laureus Newcomer of the Year