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The Road to the NBA
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Yao Ming
The Road to the NBA

By C. F. Xiao
Translated by Philip Robyn
2004, 254 pages, Hardback.

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Few athletes have captured the attention of basketball fans around the world like Yao Ming. Although there have been Asian basketball players in the NBA, no one seems more primed for superstardom than Yao Ming.

In this first full-length look at Yao Ming's meteoric rise from a reluctant young ballplayer in Shanghai to his sensational career with the Chinese Basketball Association, Chinese national team, and Chinese Olympic team, C. F. Xiao shows how Yao Ming's athletic ability and sportsmanship make him one of the greatest players in the history of Chinese basketball, as well as China's newest hero and cultural icon.

From his childhood as the son of two of China's most notable basketball stars, Yao Ming arrived on the Chinese basketball scene at exactly the right time. Unburdened by the political agenda of the Cultural Revolution, which influenced previous generations of Chinese professional sports, Yao Ming benefited from the best training China had to offer. He represents a growing group of young, technically proficient Chinese sports stars whose appeal to audiences in the United States, China, and the rest of the world, is fast becoming a new cultural phenomenon.

Yet, as this book shows, Yao Ming is a remarkably sensitive, emotional, and complex individual. After his debut season in the NBA he returned to China where he worked in the fight against China's devastating SARS outbreak. Furthermore, with his deft handling of racially-charged comments within the American-dominated sport of basketball, Yao Ming is poised to break down cultural barriers and now has legions of fans in China and the U.S. As he continues his professional career, earning the respect of fans and players alike, all eyes are on him.

Yao Ming: The Road to the NBA is a must-read for anyone who wants to know more about Yao Ming as a ball player and as a person, and how his background has made him into one of the most fascinating personalities in professional sports.

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Background on Chunfei Xiao

Chunfei Xiao was born in 1972 in Hunan Province. In 1994 he graduated from the Chinese Department of Central China Technical University, and he has worked as a reporter for China Sports News Agency. He is currently a reporter for he Shanghai branch of the Xinhua News Agency.

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