Originally Posted by th3answ3r
wtf. There are many players out there who would play on the brink of death to get a ring. His life though, i recall other people telling him to play ball cuz he was tall.
dude...you have a chinese flag, so its a fair assumption ur chinese?
don't u know they force people to play? i remember during the beijing olympics they were talking about this. they would go out and take children and judge them on potential. iunno the process but maybe like, "oh, this kid is tall - basketball" "this ones fast - track and field".
but ya, and then they take them to "sports schools" and thats all they do 24/7
i remember reading an article interviewing a chinese gymnast and he said he's seen his family a total of 3 times since they took him away when he was 8
also both of yao's parents were tall and played for the chinese men/women national teams. so it wouldn't be a reach to suspect the government had some sort of say in that pairing...