With the game horribly lost, Yao Ming set up to draw a charge as if his mood needed the accompaniment of pain.
Pau Gasol smashed into Yao, with both crashing to the floor. Yao was called for his fifth foul and leaped to his feet, marching angrily toward the official before stomping off the court and throwing himself into the bench with a show of anger he has rarely demonstrated with the Rockets or Chinese national team.
Then on his way off the court, he let loose.
"I feel so disappointed I lost all my hopes for this team," Yao said to the official Olympic reporter before reaching the rest of the media. "I didn't expect to play so bad. We changed our skin, but we are the same, just like the World Championships in Indianapolis two years before.
"I didn't play well also. I am thinking to retire from the national team. Not now, but soon I will.
Yao had already barked at teammate Menke Bateer, who, when not launching 3-pointers, had been playing defense like one of Harris' Mavericks. Yao had ripped into teammates who ignored Harris' instructions. He had broken with Chinese protocol that says every player is to be treated as an interchangeable, equal part and that decorum is valued.
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Chinese officials have launched a furious tirade at basketball superstar Yao Ming, accusing him of disloyalty to China's Olympic team after his outspoken complaints about his teammates in a disastrous early loss at Athens.
The Chinese officials blamed the United States for corrupting Yao and giving him American personality habits. When he first went to the NBA two years ago, he was "an obedient child" with a "very good reputation," one official said. "Now, he has changed, he's more like an American, he dares to say anything."
According to the Chinese media reports, the Yao controversy has persuaded the Chinese officials to be much more cautious about any future attempts by Chinese players to jump to the NBA. "The Chinese Basketball Association will consider more deeply and carefully about sending players to the NBA again," one report said.
Originally posted by DJ FrostyFreezeSo Yao needed the Chinese BBall Assoc.'s PERMISSION to come to the NBA??
That's one of the reasons he ended up with the Rockets, if I remember correctly. Rudy T et al spent months schmoozing the Chinese, to give them the best chance of the Chinese saying yes if the Rockets selected Yao.
It's because the Chinese government is a freakin' communist government, so, yeah... expressing your individuality pretty much is a crime against humanity in their book. To them, everyone should be an “obedient child”. Expressions of emotion are strictly forbidden, of course.
I've got nothing against Chinese people in any way, shape or form, but the Chinese government can go screw itself.
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Did the the basketball association in China or some other part of the government get any kind of financial consideration or a piece of his salary for Yao's coming to the NBA? If that was or is part of the deal, I think their feelings about America corrupting future players may be overlooked in light of cash for their program.
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The fans in charlotte last night (what few there are these days and who can blame then) probably haven't seen a mask of crimson like the one on Jason Kidd since the last time Ric Flair took on Dusty Rhodes........