Monday, April 17, 2006

Yao Ming

Houston Rockets center Yao Ming underwent successful surgery on Friday to repair a clean break of the fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot. He'll be out 4-6 months and the surgery reportedly went well.

Meanwhile, the Rockets are in last place in their division and out of playoff contention. Could it be because Yao Ming isn't playing? Probably not. Because Yao Ming really isn't that good. Yes, I'm Asian and I didn't drink a bottle of Hate-orade. I'm just being honest. He's more of a biological freak than a good athlete - especially since he's Asian. Sure, there are plenty of tall dudes in the NBA - but a FREAKISHLY tall dude who grew up eating rice and kung-pao chicken - that's pretty damn rare.

If you think about it, it's really just the novelty of Yao and not his skill level that drives his enormous popularity. Oh yeah - plus he's got 1.3 billion fans by default.

Maybe it's a strange coincidence, but I once opened a fortune cookie that said: "In the land of the Asians, the 7-foot 6-inch man is King". I think the same rule applies in Mexico.

4 Comments:

At 2:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i wonder if he's good a kung-fu?

 
At 3:41 PM, Anonymous Chanakin said...

I think it was the Visa commercials.

I heard he was coming out with his own Tae Bo series called 'Lumbering to the Oldies'.

 
At 9:17 PM, Blogger Cibbuano said...

When I was in China, I couldn't believe all the hype. The NBA became huge over there when Yao started playing. It was a smart merchandising move by the NBA...

 
At 10:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree. he's good. he's just not great. some people think he's bad cuz he isn't living up to the hype and high expectations. people wanna see him dominate and be shaq-like, but he's not at that level and he may never achieve it. but even so, he's still a good player.

 

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