Yao Ming voted into basketball Hall of Fame

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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.

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