We admit we have been procrastinating on our Basketball list, but the retirement of Yao Ming from a Hall of Fame perspectve is fascinating to us.  The former number one draft pick had a good NBA career, but it is hard to say that is is Hall of Fame worthy.  With that said, could a case be made that his impact in China and basketball Internationally makes him a viable candidate?  It just might.

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0 #2 Committee Chairman -0001-11-30 00:00
I don;t think you are wrong....Lik e many centers, Yao got old really fast and his legacy will be written based on China's ascent (if it happens) to a basketball power.
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0 #1 Knuckles -0001-11-30 00:00
Unlike players like Arvidas Sabonis and Drazen Petrovic, Yao did not make his name via playing for his country in Internationa l play. He was all of 20 when drafted. While Yao certainly got a lot of attention for what he did, did he really have that much influence overall, is China as a basketball power any closer to the world's hoops powers? China's ascent into the forefront of internationa l athleteics has been predicted for years, I think Yao was a breakthrough athlete, in a sense, but more of a sign of things to come. The injuries literally killed his NBA career, and his HOF chances as a player.
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