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Old 07-10-2011, 07:16 PM
 
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As an ambassador for the game, he'll get in. To be elected for the hall, you have to have made 'significant contribution to the game of Basketball.' You have to look at it beyond the context of his NBA career, which on its own merits given his injuries and lack of any real success( some nice stats and all-star appearances, little else) isn't HOF worthy. But his promotion of the game on the International level makes him an easy HOF pick.
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Old 07-11-2011, 10:40 AM
 
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He definitely wasn't a clown but his career in my opinion wasn't long enough to warrant a HOF entry.
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Old 07-11-2011, 10:55 AM
 
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And I'm sure having no help and a CLOWN for a center played no part in Tracy not leading the Rockets far in the playoffs
Lance is right. Let's talk about points scored, rebounds, blocked shots, assists, etc. We don't need to get into any name calling here whatsoever.
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Old 07-11-2011, 12:16 PM
 
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He definitely wasn't a clown but his career in my opinion wasn't long enough to warrant a HOF entry.
Perhaps not, but if he gets in, it's as an ambassador for the game. I think we get in the habit of saying 'what did that person do in the NBA?' But this is the basketball hall of fame, so his selection isn't necessarily going to be on what he did in the NBA, but how he promoted the game internationally.
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Old 07-11-2011, 05:34 PM
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Lance is right. Let's talk about points scored, rebounds, blocked shots, assists, etc. We don't need to get into any name calling here whatsoever.
He was 6'4 on offense and 5'11 on defense.
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Old 07-11-2011, 05:43 PM
 
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He was 6'4 on offense and 5'11 on defense.
who are you talking about? YAO? lmao dude do you just post this type of garbage to get a rise and troll people? wait your the same guy who thought the 76ers where gonna be somebody right? never mind i guess the meds ran out.
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Old 07-11-2011, 11:36 PM
 
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Perhaps not, but if he gets in, it's as an ambassador for the game. I think we get in the habit of saying 'what did that person do in the NBA?' But this is the basketball hall of fame, so his selection isn't necessarily going to be on what he did in the NBA, but how he promoted the game internationally.
There are lots of guys who have done that but I don't see Manute Bol, Drazen Petrovic, Detlef Schrempf, or anyone else who came from another distant country in the hall based solely on bringing an outside fan base. He was a pretty solid player and a respectable guy but not hall worthy. Based on this, Hideki Matsui (baseball) should definitely be in the HOF when he retires too.
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Old 07-12-2011, 07:50 AM
 
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There are lots of guys who have done that but I don't see Manute Bol, Drazen Petrovic, Detlef Schrempf, or anyone else who came from another distant country in the hall based solely on bringing an outside fan base.
Can you really say those players did that to the same extent as Yao though? Note that I said IF he gets in, I haven't said definitively that he will. But IF he does, it will be for his promotional efforts globally and not based on his NBA resume.

These are his career highlights:

  • 8◊ NBA All-Star: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011( admittedly a few of those shouldn't be)
  • 5◊ All-NBA Team:
  • Second Team: 2007, 2009
  • Third Team: 2004, 2006, 2008
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team: 2003
  • NBA Rookie All-Star Game: 2004
  • Gold medal winner with Team China at the 2001, 2003, 2005 FIBA Asian Championship
  • MVP of the 2001, 2003, 2005 FIBA Asian Championship
  • All-Tournament Team, FIBA World Championship: 2002
  • Chinese Basketball Association Champion: 2001-02
Here's a bit of info off Wiki on his charity efforts:

Yao has also participated in many charity events during his career, including the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders program.[140] In the NBA's offseason in 2003, Yao hosted a telethon, which raised 300,000 U.S. dollars to help stop the spread of SARS.[141] In September 2007, he held an auction that raised 965,000 U.S. dollars (6.75 million yuan),[142] and competed in a charity basketball match to raise money for underprivileged children in China. He was joined by fellow NBA stars Steve Nash, Carmelo Anthony, and Baron Davis, and movie star Jackie Chan.[143] After the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, Yao donated $2 million to relief work, and created a foundation to help rebuild schools destroyed in the earthquake.[144]

Now whether this all adds up to a Hall of Fame career, I have no idea. I'm merely suggesting that a few factors could be considered, that add up in the decision of whether he is or isn't. I will say though, that the guy is a class act.

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Old 07-13-2011, 12:55 PM
 
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Yao will get in easily.

This is just the players list, you can also get in for being a referee, owner etc. It is NOT the NBA HOF it is the Naismith BASKETBALL HOF.

List of players in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Lots of obscure foreign players that never even set foot in the NBA make the HOF....not to mention the ladies, college coaches and so on and so forth.

IF there were a separate NBA HOF then no....Yao doesn't get in.
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Old 07-13-2011, 01:00 PM
 
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There are lots of guys who have done that but I don't see Manute Bol, Drazen Petrovic, Detlef Schrempf, or anyone else who came from another distant country in the hall based solely on bringing an outside fan base. He was a pretty solid player and a respectable guy but not hall worthy. Based on this, Hideki Matsui (baseball) should definitely be in the HOF when he retires too.
It's NOT the NBA HOF. So everything they did as an ambassador of the sport, olympics, world championships, etc etc etc counts. Heck, you can make the NAISMITH BASKETBALL HOF in a number of ways without ever stepping foot on the NBA court.

Once we clear up this point it makes the whole discussion a lot easier.
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