These Yao Ming quotes show the good-naturedness of this retired NBA star. The man who opened the NBA to China, Yao stood a towering 7’6″ tall and played for the Houston Rockets.
He was the only man born outside of the United States to lead the league in all-star votes. He was an all-star eight times.
Best Yao Ming Quotes
Friendship first, competition second.
A good leader must be fair.
Sport is the best means of communication between people from different religions and countries.
Every sound in the gym is so fantastic. The screams of the fans, the whistle of the ref, the teammates calling to each other, the sounds of the ball touching the wooden floor, the sneakers touching the floor, and the sounds of the fight, the muscle, and the sweat. Oh, and the last one—when the ball goes through the net. Don’t laugh at my sensitivity and romanticism – those sounds really attract me.
Everybody is improving but I am improving slowly, which seemingly widens our distance.
Yao Ming Quotes on Leadership
It will take time to adapt, but I think I can handle it.
Fortune cookies are a good idea. If the message is positive, it can make your day a little better.
It’s always nice to start the season with a win.
I am a basketball player, and I would like to focus my energy on basketball. The other things, I would rather not do. It is not something I am greatly interested in, but I know it is my responsibility.
Quotes on Basketball
I think I’ll stick to what I’m used to, my principles, and that is team Number 1 and individual Number 2.
Others are improving very fast, and I’m not improving as fast, and that bothers me.
The Olympic Games are holy. Athletes from around the world, including myself, of course, dream to participate.
Westerners respect privacy, and they are very competitive in terms of work and personalities. My teammates in China and I can talk about everything. But with my Houston Rockets teammates, even though we’re friends, we cannot ask each other about everything.
No matter whether you are new or an old team member, you need time to adjust to one another.
When I was young, we were taught not to dunk. We were taught not to stand out from the rest of the team. It’s different now.
My American strength coach said he liked me better before I could speak English.
To miss one year is a long time. I’ve never been in this situation before, and I’m getting as much information as I can about my foot, to see what’s the best for me and best for the Rockets.
Best Yao Ming Sayings
Kobe’s heart is as strong as his muscles.
Endangered species are our friends.
To me, first and foremost, basketball is a fun sport. It is a hobby, an interest. And second, it is a profession. I feel that I am very fortunate that I can find a professional job that I really, really love.
I’m just one of the 1.3 billion Chinese.
I only want to play basketball, and play it well and be happy about it. But I realize that being famous comes a lot of demands.
Yao Ming commenting on his Hall of Fame induction Video
Sometimes it can feel like there are a billion people on my shoulders.
Basketball, in America, is like a culture. It is like a foreigner learning a new language. It is difficult to learn foreign languages and it will also be difficult for me to learn the culture for basketball here.
Sports teach you how to be quick. Injuries teach you how to slow down.
— Mike O’Halloran
Mike has authored three basketball books, served as a basketball coach for 15 years, and is editor of Sports Feel Good Stories.
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