USA Basketball still doesn't know which players will be wearing the red, white and blue this summer in China.
Their first three opponents, however, are finally set.
Kobe Bryant made ambassador for 2019 World Cup in China
MIES, Switzerland (AP) — Kobe Bryant has been made an ambassador for the 2019 basketball World Cup in China.
The five-time NBA champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist made the announcement on Twitter .
Bryant joins former NBA rival Yao Ming, now leading the Chinese Basketball Association, as ambassadors for the revamped tournament.
Dennis Rodman benched for Yao Ming at Pyongyang friendly?
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Has Dennis Rodman, the former NBA star-turned pal of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, been benched for Chinese hoop legend Yao Ming?
The former Houston Rockets center and eight-time NBA all-star took center court in Pyongyang, North Korea's capital, on Tuesday as Chinese and North Korean basketball players held a friendly match, part of a high-profile sports exchange between the two countries intended to help thaw ties that had been growing chilly over the past year.
Yao in wings as China’s NBA stars seeking Asian Games gold
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — He may no longer be playing but ex-Houston Rockets star Yao Ming remains a talismanic figure in Chinese basketball as he inspires a generation of Chinese NBA stars toward a gold medal at the Asian Games.
A China team featuring Rockets center Zhou Qi and Dallas Mavericks guard Ding Yanyuhang looms as a heavy favorite to win men's final against Iran on Saturday.
Clarkson, Yao Ming keen observers at Asian Games basketball
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson watched from the bench, not quite able to make it to the Asian Games in time to play in the opening game for the Philippines.
Yao Ming was there, too, also keeping a close eye on the Philippines' opening 96-59 win over Kazakhstan.
PGA Tour signs deal to partner Chinese firm Shankai
BEIJING (AP) — The PGA Tour has signed a deal to partner with Chinese firm Shankai Sports to manage the operations of its China series for 20 years from 2018.
Shankai, a Beijing-based firm, says its new venture is receiving a 300 million yuan ($45 million) investment from Yao Capital, a private equity firm co-founded by former Houston Rockets player Yao Ming, and U.S.-based IDG Capital.
After a one-year hiatus, the PGA Tour China Series will resume next year.
This story, reprinted below, ran in the Chronicle on July 9, 2011.
Finally, Yao Ming had enough. And a career unlike any other came to an end.
Nearly a decade spent carrying the weight of expectations and demands could not hold him down, but with little confidence he could play without more of the injuries that had wrecked the second half of his career, Yao told the Rockets he plans to retire, several individuals familiar with the decision confirmed Friday.
Chinese Basketball Association elects Yao Ming as president
BEIJING (AP) — Yao Ming has moved into management in a bid to hasten China's basketball development.
The Chinese Basketball Association voted unanimously to appoint former Houston Rockets star as its president on Thursday, in a step toward reform for an organization which has in past been led by government bureaucrats.
Rockets retiring Yao Ming’s No. 11 jersey
HOUSTON (AP) — The first time Yao Ming ever watched an NBA game as a young boy in China, he wondered why there were jerseys hanging in the rafters.
Harden’s preseason remains off to a flying start
Preseason statistics often can be misleading.
That might not be the case with James Harden right now.
After three preseason games, Harden has three points-assists double-doubles — the most recent one Sunday in Shanghai, when he had 26 points and 15 assists to help the Houston Rockets beat the New Orleans Pelicans 123-117 in an NBA Global Games matchup.
"We're treating every game of preseason like the regular season in order to build good habits," Harden said. "We don't take the preseason lightly"
Rockets rout Yao’s Shanghai Sharks 131-94 in exhibition
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets gave Yao Ming a warm welcome and his Shanghai Sharks a rude one.
James Harden had 16 points and 10 assists, and the Rockets beat the Sharks 131-94 on Sunday night in their exhibition opener.
The Rockets had 72 points by halftime in their first game under coach Mike D'Antoni.
1. Titans at Texans
When/where: Noon Sunday, NRG Stadium
When the 2-1 Texans play host to 1-2 Tennessee in the first AFC South game for each this season, they will be facing the Titans' second-year quarterback, Marcus Mariota, for the first time. He missed both games last season with injuries. Considering he has committed seven turnovers, including four interceptions, the Texans are probably looking forward to it.
My first year as a sports writer in Houston was a memorable one.
Andy Dalton was the starting quarterback for the Katy Tigers, Sheryl Swoopes and Tina Thompson still headlined the Comets' roster, the Astros played in their first World Series, the Texans were a dismal 2-14, and the Rockets were led by Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming.
It's been 11 years, and the sports scene in this city, while ebbing and flowing, has continued to grow.
Iverson, Shaq headline emotional Hall of Fame ceremony
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — When Shaquille O'Neal was 10 years old, his father made a prediction.
Friday night when his son became a Hall of Famer, it was realized.
Shaq, Iverson, Yao headline ‘extraordinary’ Hall class
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will soon welcome two of the sport's game-changing stars — one big and one small.
O’Neal, Iverson, Yao headline basketball Hall of Fame class
SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts (AP) — The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will soon welcome two of the sport's game-changing stars — one big and one small.
Shaquille O'Neal and Allen Iverson headline the Class of 2016 to be enshrined on Friday. Joining them in the 10-member class will be Chinese star Yao Ming, WNBA star Sheryl Swoopes, longtime Michigan State coach Tom Izzo and NBA executive Jerry Reinsdorf, along with four posthumous inductees.
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