Yao Ming voted into basketball Hall of Fame
Former Houston Rockets center Yao Ming was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2016 on Monday for his role in helping spread the NBA’s popularity thoughout China.
The announcement said Yao changed the face of global basketball as a respected player and ambassador of the game.
“He led his hometown Shanghai Sharks to a CBA Championship in 2002 and was the number 1 pick in the NBA Draft the same year. As a member of the Houston Rockets, he earned All-Rookie honors (2003) and was named to the All-NBA Team five times (2004, 2006-2009). As an eight-time NBA All-Star (2003-2009, 2011), he broke the record for most All-Star votes, previously held by Michael Jordan in 2005. As the anchor of the Chinese National Team, Yao was named a three-time FIBA Asian Championship MVP,” the announcement said.
The induction ceremony will be held in Springfield, Massachusetts on Sept 9, 2016.