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Yao Ming Reveals Rockets Teammates Got His Name Wrong At First

Yao Ming Reveals Rockets Teammates Got His Name Wrong At First

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Despite coming from a foreign country, Yao Ming quickly adjusted to American culture and got along very well with with players like Steve Francis and Cuttino Mobley back when he was drafted in 2002. He’s now one of Houston Rockets’ greatest players and soon-to-be Hall of Famer.

But as it turns out, Yao’s adjustment wasn’t entirely easy. Heck, his players–and the rest of the world–have been calling him by the wrong name!

Yao shared in a lengthy article for The Players’ Tribune:

Steve [Francis] was the first person to greet me when I visited the arena. He walked across the locker room and gave me the hardest high five I’d ever felt. He put his entire body into it. You really could feel his muscle. My hand stung.

That was 14 years ago. Everything went so fast my rookie year, but I remember the first few weeks very clearly. You always remember first impressions. On that day, my coaches were showing me my new locker. I was so excited to see my name on my new Rockets jersey. That was a big thing for me because I had never had my name on a jersey before. There were a lot of big things that were different when I came to the NBA, but I remember the little things like that the most. For example, everyone called me “Yao” — they thought it was my first name. In China, our surnames come first and our given names last. To my Chinese friends, I was Ming. Now I was just Yao. Once everyone started saying it that way, I never corrected them. I was too shy.

In spite of this overlooked mistake, the Rockets clearly made an effort to make Yao (or Ming?) feel comfortable and even studied up on Chinese customs.

I didn’t know this at the time, but before I arrived, the Rockets had hired a Chinese professor from a local university to teach the team about Chinese customs. Everyone was so friendly and trying very hard to show me that they knew some things about Chinese culture. They showed me that they even knew little things, like how Chinese people hold a business card with two hands when we exchange it. I laugh when I think about it. At the time, all I wanted was for everyone to treat me the same as any other NBA player. But it was those small things that made me feel their warmth toward me.

And with that, we expect to hear good words for his teammates when he gives his speech in Springfield later this offseason.

Photo via Sports Illustrated

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Houston Extends Series To Game 5 With Win At Home

Houston Extends Series To Game 5 With Win At Home

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The Houston Rockets extended the Western Conference Finals to a Game 5 with a win against the Golden State Warriors, 128-115 in regulation. After a lackluster first quarter, the Warriors almost lost the MVP when Steph Curry went down terribly trying to Defend Rockets’ Ariza in the second quarter.

From a very bad game 3 performance, the Rockets have turned things around shooting better from the arc and the paint and limiting the shooting of the warriors with very good defense. Houston has also benefitted from the turnovers of the Warriors. James Harden has scored a career-high of 45 points to lead the Rockets to a game 4 win.

This Game 4 has completely turned around for both teams, from the amount of turnovers suffered by the Warriors in today’s game, to the amount of shots that had gone in for the Rockets. Steph Curry left in the last part of the second quarter. Dwight Howard got a flagrant one for his foul throwing an elbow on Andrew Bogut. This was a game that was decided until the last few minutes of the fourth quarter when the Rockets offense was just on fire and the Warriors was just off tonight.

The series continues on Game 5 in Thursday in the Oracle Satidium of the Golden State Warriors versus the Houston Rockets in Game 5 where the GSW would look to finish it before they give in for Game 6 in Houston.

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Los Angeles Clipped, Houston Advances to Western Conference Finals

Los Angeles Clipped, Houston Advances to Western Conference Finals

Houston Rockets logoThe LA Clippers, who have had the early 3-1 lead in the first 4 games of the series, have lost on Sunday, May 17, on Game 7 against the Houston Rockets, 113-100.

For the LA Clippers, Sunday’s game was not just any other game, it was the game that would propel them to achieve their first conference final participation in their franchise history. There were a lot of expectations riding on this game for the Clippers who have failed to deliver their 3-1 lead in this series against the Houston Rockets. Blake Griffin has scored 27 points and Chris Paul made 26 points, although this was not enough as their 3-point statistic was low at 25%, only making 7 out of 28 from outside the arc. This has made the Clippers as a team who could not get to the 2nd round of the playoffs.

With this Game 7 win, the Houston Rockets are on their way to their Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors. Their win against the LA Clippers was not an easy battle having to trail 3-1 and meaning they had to stretch the series to a Game 7 when they stole game 6 from the Clippers at the Staples Center from a 19-point deficit. This win has swung the momentum for the Rockets to take the win home and advance to the Western Conference Finals where they play against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday. James Harden has scored 31 points while Dwight Howard had 16 points and 15 rebounds to help their team win the series.

This is the first time the Houston Rockets gets to the Western Conference Finals after 1997, after 18 years.

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Jeremy Lin Goes to Houston Rockets

Jeremy Lin Goes to Houston Rockets

Jeremy LinIt has been much debate this week on if the New York Knicks were going to match Jeremy Lin’s three-year 25 million offer sheet from the Rockets. Read the full story

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