Baron Davis's "Comeback" Trail Leads Him To China

Baron Davis's comeback mockumentary continues to be one of the best recurring features on Inside the NBA. Last night, Baron's journey led him to China to discuss a possible stint on the Shanghi Sharks with Yao Ming, and then to Oakland to talk to Warriors co-owner Peter Guber. Highlight of this episode: Fat Yao Ming! » 2/28/14 12:31pm 2/28/14 12:31pm

Yao Ming Next To An Average Person Is Amazing, As Usual

It's not news that Yao Ming is a gigantic human being, but it's still astonishing when he's juxtaposed with a regular-sized person. Take this AP photo from the All-Star Game, and know that it wasn't edited at all. » 2/16/14 10:05pm 2/16/14 10:05pm

The World Needs This Picture Of Yao Ming Standing Next To Muggsy Bogues

We've long gotten a kick out of looking at pictures of Yao Ming standing next to people and things that are much shorter than him, but this is the picture we've been waiting for. It's just Yao and the shortest player in NBA history chilling on a Shanghai balcony, looking like two principal cast members in the next … » 10/17/13 12:06pm 10/17/13 12:06pm

Even Dwight Howard And Hakeem Olajuwon Look Small Next To Yao Ming

We've marveled at pictures of Yao Ming standing next to baby elephants and pint-sized waitresses, but the photo above—brought to us by Lang Whitaker's NBA.com blog—illustrates just how gigantic Yao Ming is like no other photo has before. He looks like he could eat Dwight Howard. » 7/24/13 1:26pm 7/24/13 1:26pm

10 Years Ago In Asian Athletic Supremacy

"Yet while population geneticists and sociologists have been battling over the meaning of times in the 100-meter dash, Asians have been making their own argument about where they fit into the world of sports. And they've been doing it through pure, old-fashioned physical superiority. The fastest man in Major League… » 2/13/12 11:16am 2/13/12 11:16am

Yao, Panda. Panda, Yao.

Yo, panda, real talk for a second: I cannot get enough of you posing with basketball players wearing the Official China Panda Blue Smock. It's like, they're so big and goofy and you're so little and fuzzy and greyscale, and they've always got that wonderful little smock to avoid rubbing their sweaty human oils on you,… » 1/11/12 2:55pm 1/11/12 2:55pm

The Graceful, Oversized Legacy of Yao Ming

How long was Yao Ming going to last? That was the question about the seven-foot-six center long before he broke his foot for the first time in the NBA. When Yao joined the league nine summers ago, picked first overall in the 2002 draft by the Houston Rockets, he was the man who would bring the entire Chinese market… » 7/20/11 6:30pm 7/20/11 6:30pm

Yao Ming's Career Gets The Taiwanese Animation Treatment

In this touching Taiwanese animation tribute, Yao Ming has an 80-inch vertical. He rides rockets. He rides sharks. He retires. It's all very poignant, especially the bit in the beginning where his mother gives birth to a basketball out of which hatches a baby Yao. Does that count against the one-child policy? » 7/20/11 5:45pm 7/20/11 5:45pm

Amidst Lockout, NBA Players, Executives Awkwardly Ask Each Other To…

Remember how when Yao Ming retired after nine years in Houston, they weren't allowed to call him or release a comment? One of the side effects of the lockout is that players can't have any contact with their teams, so we were forced to imagine Yao sitting at home, staring at the phone, not understanding why the… » 7/19/11 1:30pm 7/19/11 1:30pm

Shaq Announces Yao Ming's Retirement On Twitter

Yahoo! reports that Yao Ming is retiring after nine seasons with the Houston Rockets. Shaq, as he tends to do, confirmed the report on Twitter and then suggested that they go on vacation together. [Yahoo!, @Shaq] » 7/08/11 3:20pm 7/08/11 3:20pm

Yao Ming May Actually Be Stopping People From Eating Shark Fin Soup

Hardworking team-player, all-around swell guy, and chronic injury victim Yao Ming has been campaigning for a while against the indefensible Chinese tradition of exterminating the world's sharks by finning the creatures and throwing them back into the ocean to die slowly so nouveau riche assholes can slurp broth at a… » 4/28/11 3:05pm 4/28/11 3:05pm

Yao Ming Resurfaces To Preview A Sad, Sad Video Shoot

Jesus. What is this? There's Yao in a leg brace, perhaps never to emerge. There's a barren set with a dirty floor. A sinister-looking man dressed in black sits beside Yao in a high chair. Is this a shoot for an evil podiatry ad? Yao has yet to explain himself. But Nan from China is thrilled: » 3/23/11 7:06pm 3/23/11 7:06pm

Yao Ming Is Currently Drinking Beer And Eating Fried Chicken

Yao Ming, on his latest injury setback: "I haven't died. Right now I'm drinking a beer and eating fried chicken. What were you expecting, a funeral?" » 12/17/10 1:05pm 12/17/10 1:05pm