Yao Ming takes ex-NBA players out for lunch


Yao Ming, a former NBA All-Star, who owns Shanghai Sharks of the CBA (Chinese Basketball Association) has invited two former NBA players Michael Beasley and Delonte West to lunch, CBS Sports reported.

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.

He appeared in 486 NBA games (476 started), and was selected to the NBA All-Star team 8 times. In July 2011, Yao announced his retirement from professional basketball due to a series of foot and ankle injuries which forced him to miss 250 games in his last six seasons.

Before you start wondering why did the three ended up at lunch – West and Beasley have recently signed contracts with Shanghai Sharks for the next season and will play in China.

The photo of 7’5 Yao towering over Beasley and West was put on Instagram and commented by Beasley: “Lunch with the living legend!!! Great player even better person, Dwest kinda ok too lol.”

Beasley will be playing in China, as he wasn’t able to land a spot on an NBA team. He agreed to sign a deal with the Shanghai Sharks in China, after he tried to comeback to the NBA for the Memphis Grizzlies this summer, however has decided to play in China for a guaranteed one-year contract. Beasley appeared in total of 409 NBA games, starting in 199, averaging 13.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg in 24.9 mpg.

As for Delonte West, he hasn’t played in the NBA since 2012. A spot on the Clippers’ summer-league roster didn’t lead to any NBA opportunities, so West returned to China.

West played 8 seasons in the NBA, for Boston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics, Cleveland Cavaliers and Dallas Mavericks. He averaged career high 12.2 ppg and 4.4 apg for Boston in 2006-07.

In his last season with Mavericks, West averaged 9.6 ppg and 3.2 apg in 24.1 mpg. He played a total of 432 NBA games thus far (258 started), averaging 9.7 ppg, 3.6 apg in 27.4 mpg.


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