But Ichiro at least gave us dominance on the field. Your sphincter constricts, your breath freezes. He has never acknowledged the symbolic weight he carried, probably unwillingly, for all of us dumb, lost kids who use sports as our ballast within American society.
Where but in sports can a foreigner come over and instantly become one of the most recognizable faces in the country? On February 26,however, it was reported that Yao would miss the rest of the season with a stress fracture in his left foot.
It represents that we can keep our heads up in the face of really tough odds. In the first round, however, the Los Angeles Lakers eliminated Houston in five games.
With Yao, I always felt that same dread. He was cool where Yao was awkward. After weeks of consulting, it was decided that Yao would undergo surgery in order to repair the broken bone in his left foot. In an absurd, yet still significant way, watching him over the past nine years was like watching a video of my parents.
Ten years have passed since I spent that summer at Safeco Field. Injured All-Stars are usually required to attend the All-Star functions and to be introduced at the game, but Yao was not in Los Angeles because of his rehabilitation schedule after his surgery.
Regardless of who you are, it is nearly impossible to really identify with a 7-foot-6 foreigner. Where else could we look for that story?
What we grew to love about Dirk, we also loved about Yao — both men came to the United States amidst skepticism and uncertainty. Immigrant narratives, especially those we know well, are heavily processed and once-removed.
He was also named the MVP of all three tournaments. I worried he would mispronounce a word, bomb a joke, or say something awful about his black teammates. It was this size and his Chineseness that initially alienated American fans.
Yao just kind of frowned a lot. There was the Yeti-quality footage of Yao dunking over Chinese opponents back then, were we even really sure he existed?Yao Ming (Chinese: 姚明; born September 12, ) is a Chinese retired professional basketball player who played for the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) and the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
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In the second of a two-part reflection, Jay Caspian Kang examines the cultural impact of Yao Ming's career. by Jay Caspian Kang on July 22, A few weeks ago, I wrote an. Watch video · The stage is set and the congratulations are in order as the Houston Rockets will retire the jersey worn by Yao Ming on Friday.Download