Yao Ming is a retired sports player for the Shanghai Sharks, Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) and also Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was chosen for the Western Conference in the NBA All-Star Game eight times and was named All-NBA Team 5 times. At the time of his final season, he was the tallest active player in the NBA, with the height of 2.29 m. He's the sole player outside of the U.S to guide the NBA in All-Star balloting.
Yao, started playing for the Shanghai Sharks as an adolescent, and competed on their senior team for 5 years within the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), winning a championship in his final year. When negotiating with the CBA and also the Sharks to secure his unleash, Houston Rockets selected Yao, in the 2002 NBA draft. He reached the NBA Playoffs four times, and the Rockets won their first-round series in the 2009 postseason after Yao started playing for Huston.
In 2011, Yao announced his retirement from NBA after series of foot and ankle joint injuries that forced him to miss 250 games in his last six seasons. In eight seasons with the Rockets, Yao was ranked as sixth among franchise leaders in total points and total rebounds, and second in total blocks.
Yao is one among China's known athletes, who holds sponsorships with many major corporations. His novice year within the NBA was later made a topic of a motion picture, The Year of the Yao. He co-wrote a memoir "Yao: A Life in 2 Worlds" along with NBA analyst Ric Bucher.
Yao was nominated into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and is the only international player who is ever nominated for the Hall of Fame so far.