Originally Posted by powerfulpanda
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...
Yeah I k about that but wasn't sure about Yao except that he started at 16? Don't quote me on this, it could be another player I'm thinkin of. He has the $ and it's his life, but if I were him, I'd hoop until I get the ring.