Tuesday, August 9th, 2011 at 9:05 am  |  18 responses

Yao Ming to Be Nominated for 2012 Hall of Fame

It appears that Jeff Van Gundy may soon be proven right. Yao Ming will get a nomination to enter the Hall of Fame, rather quickly following his retirement. From NBA.com: “Officials of the Springfield, Mass., basketball museum said representatives from the Chinese Basketball Assn. and media in China signaled plans to nominate Yao in the contributor category and bypass the usual five-year waiting period for retired players. While there is no such thing as certainty in a balloting so secretive that even the voters are never revealed, let alone the results, Yao as a contributor removes the debate that might have accompanied his nomination as a player after a career decimated by injury. Plus, after announcing his retirement from the Rockets in July, he would not have been eligible for enshrinement until 2017. This unique approach would put Yao on the ballot that is submitted in late-2011 and faces two rounds of voting before inductees for the Class of 2012 are announced at the Final Four in New Orleans. The actual enshrinement would be later in the summer, likely August, in Springfield. Yao has not yet been nominated, but John Doleva, the president and CEO of the Hall, reported he has talked with Chinese basketball officials and media who called to get clarification on the process. They replied, Doleva said, that paperwork would come in time for the 2012 ballot.”

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  • Shem

    I agree with this. In his prime and healthy, definitely a HOF. Also expanded the globally immensely.

  • Shem

    the game*

  • YoranNL

    No way Yao should be introduced to the HOF. Never been a true legend. A disgrace if he would be introduced so shortly after his retirement. If he was healthy his whole career, he probably would’ve reached the level of an hall of famer.

  • tomtom

    Not a HOFer. Reality check plz, i feel sorry for him 2 but the fact that he is that tall and made the game big in china makes him a novelty not one of the greats which is what the HOF should be reserved for.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    This is not right, he played well, but he is not a Hall of Famer based off of his career. People act like China did not already watch the NBA before Yao Ming and that no NBA players never went to China on good will ambassador trips. This is not right. BOOK IT!!!

  • Oli

    relax guys, this nomination is based on his contributions and not on his professional career!

  • http://hotmail.com The WZA

    Hell no. He didn’t do anything to be put in the HOF. I don’t even know why there is a consideration.

  • Pic

    This is the Basketball Hall of Fame, not just the NBA. IMHO, he deserves to be in it. But he should go through the same process as every other HOFer. I expect both Shaq & Yao enshrined in 2012, which should make for one of the more entertaining induction ceremonies in the Hall’s history.

  • SikhWitIt

    I thought players had to wait 6 years from their retirement? Is this correct? I don’t think Shaq will be going in next year. And yes, the HoF is about one’s body of work in basketball, not merely the NBA. After all, based on his NBA contributions alone, Sabonis would not have gotten in.

  • jumpman22

    As much as I(we) love him and the game, NO. And by we, I mean Chinese. Stop turning HOF into a charity!

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    Yao did more to increase the popularity of basketball in China and throughout Aisia than MJ. MJ, Magic and others were global Icons because of their play and the dream team increased popularity of Basketball throughout the world even more. But Yao took the sport of basketball to a new level in Asia. So as a ‘contributor’, I agree with Yao entering the HOF. IF Sabonis was from the biggest country in the world, then yes, he probably could have gotten in as a contributor too. You can argue that it’s only because Yao is from China that he was able to increase the sport so far, and I wouldn’t disagree. But the fact of what he did and how much more popular the sport is to 1Billion+ people because of Yao, can’t be denied.

  • http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/ec61f8a82f/kobe-bryant-on-the-nba-lockout?rel=by_user nbk

    The Basketball Hall Of Fame is not just for great players. It is for them, and great coaches, broadcasters, ect. But it is also for the ambassadors to the game. Yao spread Basketball to China, which has become the second most popular sport in the country. ANd has the second largest population of basketball players in the world. It’s like James Naismith (not as important though obviously) who only created the sport.

  • DXB

    This will be bull if he’s inducted next year…..it would be a slap in the in the face to greats like Jordan who had to wait so long to get inducted after having a better career than him.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Why you no play basketball no more?

  • http://www.acb.com A l a n

    this is BS. Even Jordan had to wait, and he contributed much much more to the game.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    Only retired players have to wait 5 years. you cannot compare Yao to MJ because they are trying to get him nominated as a contributor not a player. That is why he doesn’t have to wait. As a matter of fact, he could theoretically get in the hall in 2012 as a contributor and then get nominated again as a player in 2017.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I have no beef with this.

  • El Chinas

    Read the post dudes. He will be nominated as a contributor not a player, which does not have a 5-year requirement.