Birthday Freebies, Yao Ming!

Born September 12, 1980, Yao Ming has retired from the NBA playing for Houston Rockets. At the time of his final season, he was the tallest active player in the NBA, at 2.29 m (7 ft 6 in).]

He was born in Shanghai and started playing for the Shanghai Sharks as a teenager, and played on their senior team for five years in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), winning a championship in his final year. After negotiating with the CBA and the Sharks to secure his release, he was selected by the Houston Rockets as the first overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft.

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