Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 at 2:15 pm  |  25 responses

Yao Ming Asks for Hall of Fame Nomination to Be Put on Hold

When it comes to Yao Ming’s 2012 Hall of Fame nomination as a contributor to the game of basketball, the big fella is saying “hold on!” Reports Fox 26 Sports: “A representative of former Houston Rockets center Yao Ming informed the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Wednesday that Yao feels it is premature for him to be on the ballot for the Hall of Fame in 2012. ‘Yao believes it is inappropriate for him to be considered for induction to the Hall of Fame at this time,’ said John Huizinga, Yao’s agent, in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. Yao, who retired last month because of injuries, was nominated for the Hall of Fame as a contributor by a member of the Chinese media. Anyone who is nominated as a contributor is immediately eligible for the Hall of Fame. For Yao to be voted in as a player, he has to wait a minimum of five years.”

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  • http://slamonline.com Neitel

    who cares? he better not be limping when he goes to the podium. He also must give respect to kobe bryant and others, who dunked on him plenty of times. jaja

  • http://www.acb.com A l a n

    Yao has more class than chinese media. He knows this is not the way to go into the HoF. Let time pass and then maybe.

  • 6marjons

    that’s very good of him but he should be carefuil he doesn’t think him bigger than the hof

  • Rob Cooper

    Yao shouldn’t be in the hall of fame full stop.

  • respect

    he comin back!

  • SikhWitIt

    I love Yao Ming. If those knuckleheads in Miami had one-tenth of Yao’s class and humility, they wouldn’t be so despised. Those of you saying Yao shouldn’t be in the Hall don’t fully grasp the magnitude of his contribution to game’s growth abroad. I’m not sure anyone, perhaps not even Jordan himself, has done more to grow the NBA’s international fanbase.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Thank You, Yao you realize you should not get a nomination right now. I think he should never make it into the Hall of Fame, but if Yao waits about 5 years to get in. It will be an easier process, but based off of his career Yao is not a HOFamer, a good player with China–Yes, not a HOFamer. BOOK IT!!

  • http://slamonline.com tina

    Do people even read anymore? They were trying to induct him as a CONTRIBUTOR to the game of basketball NOT as a player, so i don’t see why people feel so but hurt that he might get nominated in.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    They should wait 5 years because he DOES deserve it, both as a player and as a contributor.
    Co-sign tina… Alan, what are you even talking about? Contributors get nominated any time–how is that not classy of the Chinese media, to nominate their biggest star?

  • http://dfklf.com Jukai

    Tina: The Seed doesn’t read. He just rambles. He also thinks Fisher started at the Laker’s point spot in 2004.

  • Feez22

    Its not called the NBA hall of fame. It is the BASKETBALL Hall of fame. High school coaches and television announcers are able to make this and have in the past. Yao has influenced hundreds of millions of asian people particularly chinese in playing and loving the game of basketball. That in itself deserves a nomination… If anything T-MAC should bronze yao on his front porch because of all the asian fans he got directly resulting from playing with yao + his own talent of course.

  • http://philosopher.view@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Yao Ming a future Nobel Peace Prize recipient.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    ^ Well if an American win it while overseeing two wars and later intervening in a third… Yao’s chances are pretty high. But I think he’s too well-liked by the Chinese government to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize–they love giving it to anti-Communists.

  • http://www.slamonline.com jumpman22

    respect:that’s what I thought. Hell, I did not even take his retirement as serious at the first place. but looking at his shape and current physical condition, I don’t thinks he plans to start the new season, if he plans to come back to NBA and there is a new season. He probably will only think of joining a playoff team.

  • J.C.

    How ignorant are all you people? As Feez22 said it’s the Basketball Hall of fame, not the NBA Hall of Fame. Yao had a good, if some what underwhelming (only due to the immense expectations prematurely placed upon him) NBA career and based on that alone I can see why people would argue against an HoF induction, but as a contributor to the game his impact is huge. He’s been an NBA All-Star, represented his country internationally, he owns a professional basketball franchise (saving his old financially destitute Shanghai Sharks) and as many have explained his impact on the international proliferation of basketball can’t be overstated. How can you argue Yao hasn’t contributed enough to the game of basketball?

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    classy move yao ming… i kinda hate you… but i respect you too.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    He was too good on 2K!

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  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    I suddenly want to play as Yao in 2K.

  • chingy

    Yao in 2K is not fair. But respect to Yao.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Cosign Teddy the Bear

  • http://www.yomamajokes.com LilKDub503

    As a player, he had three strong seasons, but not HOF seasons. I think he should be a contributor, because he was the main part of globalizing the game, along with LeBron and Kobe. And of course, the Chinese think he’s the greatest player ever. But I’d probably think the same way if the main league was in China and Yao Ming was the first Black player in that league.

  • http://obsessioncollection.wordpress.com grgeblck

    good to hear from Yao Ming. but c’mon he does not deserve a HOF.

  • joe

    ^he was better than dwight howard. But no doubt that dwights gonna be in HOF. Just look at his stats man.

    And look at his performance in CBA, and olympics, no doubt he was a leader, a rising star of the Rockets, and an unstoppable force.

    Man, Yao helped fight that stereotype against chinese people. I still remember when Miami gave out fortune cookies when yao played in their court. Now, noone messes with chinese people. At least now that im 17, i dont see them.