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

by August 31, 2011

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.”