Yao Ming named Ambassador of the Year

Yao_Ming_scoreThe Legends Brunch traditionally honors former NBA players and coaches who worked in, hail from or shared some other connection with the All-Star city each year.

This year, the 14th Annual NBA Legends Brunch saw over 1,500 retired players, their families and fans attending the event, which is hosted by the National Basketball Retired Players Association – a non-profit association comprised of former NBA, ABA and Harlem Globetrotters players.

This year, the “Ambassador of the Year” award was presented to former Houston Rockets center Yao Ming.

Yao’s foundation and his partnership with NBA China has enabled him to “build a bridge” between his homeland and the U.S.

The 7-6 native of Shanghai, whose eight-season career was interrupted and cut short by foot and leg injuries, was introduced by current Rockets guard Jeremy Lin.

Yao played 8 years in the NBA – all for the Houston Rockets. He holds career averages of 19 points per game, 9.2 rebounds per game, and 1.9 blocks per game.

Yao appeared in 486 NBA games (476 started), and was selected to the NBA All-Star team 8 times.


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