Ex-NBA star center Yao Ming in Manila

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MANILA, Philippines – Former NBA superstar Yao Ming arrived here Saturday night on board Philippine Airlines flight PR 337 for the two-day exhibition matches between his Shanghai Sharks and the country’s best players.

The Sharks, whose players include a pair of national team mainstays in seven-foot-three Zhang Zhaoxu and veteran point guard Liu Wei arrived Friday night, will play the Gilas Pilipinas national team on May 6 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum before going up against the PBA All-Star selection squad, to be coached by Air21’s Franz Pumaren, the next day at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

“This will be the start of friendly matches, clinics and other close interaction with powerhouse countries in sports. Our national as well as the grassroots program will benefit from learning from the best,” said Philippine Sports Commission chairman Richie Garcia, who signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Chinese Minister of Sport Liu Peng in Beijing on August 2011.

Ming, the top overall pick by the Houston Rockets in the 2002 NBA Draft, and his Sharks, who are also with their coach Wang Qun, team manager Fu Jiajun, team director Fei Genwei, assistant director Yuan Qiang, Vice GM Zhang Chi,  EA to GM Zhang Peizhong and interpreter Guo Weisheng, will also hold a basketball clinic for the less fortunate kids at the PSC-PhilSports Arena in Pasig City apart from paying a courtesy call to Vice President Jejomar Binay at his office in Coconut Palace.

The games, backed by ATC Pharmaceuticals, Friends of the Philippines Foundation, Anchorland, Vikings and Oishi, will be televised live.

Other players of the Sharks include Wang Yong, Wang Ligang, Meng Lingyuan, Liu Ziqiu, Cai Liang, Ge Yang, Wu Yang, Wang Sizhang, Zhai Yi and Zhang Yuan.

The 32-year-old eight-time All-Star played 10 seasons in the NBA before announcing his early retirement in 2011 due to recurring foot and ankle injuries.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/nestor.marcera Nestor Marcera

    Welcome to Manila YAO MING.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brix.villapando Brix Villapando

    Ang laking tao pero ang liit daw ng kuwan niyan he he…..ang mga intsik , hapon, at koreano maliliit ang mga batotoy regardless of height…..d best pa rin ang pinoy..tama lang ang size pero as hard as rock pag nagalit…pag nag robust pa lalo na….Thanks Raffy Tulfo! You’re the man!

    • Guest

      ganun ba? so un utak mo siguro sobrang liit. kasi ganun ka mag isip. bobo

  • http://www.facebook.com/brix.villapando Brix Villapando

    Introducing Julius Babao!

  • Noel

    What if we kidnap Yao Ming and hold him hostage in exchange for China’s withdrawal from the disputed waters? Better still, we could hostage the entire Chinese team to stop China’s never ending bullying on us. Calling the attention of patriotic Filipinos: This is our chance to get back at these Chinks.

    • UrHONOR

      GOOS IDEA…..si BNay ang kikidnap sa kanya…..kasama si gloria, suarez, joker, at si flavier.

  • monses

    It would be beneficial for our athletes if we play against european countries.

    • reddfrog

      Which European country do you have in mind? Greece? Where spectators lob tear gas onto the court?

      • monses

        UTOT MO!!!HA HA….HA HA HA…..ADIK KA SIGURO SA TEAR GAS!kYA WALA KA NA MAISIP NA IBA HA HAHA…HA HA…

  • pfckulapu_parin

    Nognog pwede mong pitasin ang balls ng KAPRI..
    EPAL na…..

  • DakuAkongUtin

    Thanks Yao MIng for promoting friendly relations with the Kayu Nation;

    • pfckulapu_parin

      Chita Eh Sta Romana (aka AFPAki, Inteliling ng 11th IB kuno).
      Ano paki namin sa KAPRI….
      Tuloy ang kaso sa ICJ….

      Tanda na TANGA…
      DAKILANG PATAY GUTOM….
      ako ang langaw ng PUWET mo…

    • pfckulapu_parin

      Chita Eh Sta Romana (aka AFPAki, Inteliling ng 11th IB kuno).

      Tanda na TANGA…

      tuyo na utak mo….

  • jpastor

    Our national as well as the grassroots program will benefit from learning from the best,” said Philippine Sports Commission chairman Richie Garcia.

    – They are not the best… they are tall tange!

    • reddfrog

      They’re the best in Asia. I do not think any team in the USA team is interested in playing the Philippine team – total waste of time. Baka ma-injured pa.

      • http://www.facebook.com/ANGATenyo Bulakenyo Ako

        China has only tall players that they are using to their advantage against some small teams from Asia pero when it comes to international comp wala na sila kahit im rooting for them dahil asyano din Insik. Mas gusto ko pa ang style ng mga Koreano kaya lang nga di rin sila katangkaran.

  • Guest

    NogNog nandito na ang Idol mo. hingi kang tip kung paano tumangkad. Tingnang mong mabuti baka ma shake hand mo iba.. ha ha

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