Yao Ming sees Filipino NBA player ‘in the future’


YES, YES YAO. Yao Ming, who arrived here Saturday night, poses with PBA officials, during a press conference Sunday, May 5, 2013. He says his injuries will not allow him to play when his Shanghai Sharks go up against the Gilas Pilipinas National team and the PBA All-Star selection squad. INQUIRER/August dela Cruz

MANILA, Philippines — Yao Ming, the former Houston Rockets superstar, believes a Filipino will someday make it to the National Basketball Association.

Yao, who arrived Saturday night, said with China and other countries in Asia able to produce NBA players, it’s only a matter of time before the Philippines can also make a splash into the NBA scene.

“There are Iran players [in the NBA] and I believe there will be a Filipino in the NBA in the future,” Yao, who said through interpreter Guo Weisheng during the Philippines-China Friendship Games presser held at the Solaire Resort & Casino in Parañaque City Sunday morning.

The seven-foot-six Yao, who brought in his Shanghai Sharks to play two exhibition games –against the Gilas Pilipinas National team and the PBA All-Star Selection squad — also said that he expected more Chinese players to follow in his footsteps.

“Right now we have some young talented players in China. They still have long ways to go and they can be in the NBA someday.”

The 32-year-old Yao, who was selected first overall pick by the Rockets in 2002, was considered as one of the best big men in the NBA before foot and ankle injuries unfortunately forced him to early retirement in 2011.

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  • mamer2

    What else would he say…, being a visitor and an over-all nice guy.
    He didn’t name anyone of the present crop.., or did he.?

    My BIG Question is …:
    WHY did he not give a courtesy call to P’noy..?
    He came and left “one-week-before-elections”.!
    My “sense of smell” is acting up again.

  • Bulakenyo Ako

    If Yao is “only ” 7’0″ he wont last in the NBA like his compatriot Wang Zhizhi;
    If Japeth is 7’0″ and not 6’9″ hes already in the NBA….

  • phantomofhope

    naniwala naman agad ang media kapag mambola ang bisita….

  • novaliches

    ang unang pinoy sa NBA malamang lumaki sa US at pinoy na tisoy hindi puro. Naglaro sa US college. ang Phil style basketball pang ASEAN lang.

    • mamer2

      at…, ndi png ASIAN Games.!
      Before…, but now, No More.!

  • novaliches

    Si Yao more 10 years sa NBA magaling yan uminglis, pero dahil nire-present ang china nag-mandarin at kumuha pa ng translator. may mga pinoy hindi pa nga nakapunta ng Tate inglis speaking na, yun iba naman 10 years doon, slang na at ayaw ng mag-tagalog.

  • Jason Keith Lasaten Bagni

    At nagkalat na naman ang mga utak-talangka.

  • tra6Gpeche

    Really? I am wondering when will someday be, 50 years, 100 years or 1000 years. Yao Ming should be more specific.

  • Ronald Esparagoza

    si Japeth Aguilar yan NBA caliber

  • Hunter421

    Is it always news if there’s a Filipino involved in something so insignificant?

  • titolim

    pilipino style na pag laro ng basketball wala sigurong maka pag laro sa NBA.

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