SHANGHAI, China (AP) - China's official sports association has
issued an unprecedented public criticism of Yao Ming for reporting
late to national team training.
The Houston Rockets' star was faulted for taking too much time
off to recover from his last N-B-A season. The government's
All-China Sports Federation also said Yao spent too much time
planning his wedding and making appearances for the Special
Olympics and 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
Chinese Web sites later said Yao reported for national teaming
Throughout his three N-B-A seasons, Yao's largely escaped
criticism from China's official media and the government by
honoring his national team commitments.
Yet yesterday's article carried echoes the bitter accusations
hurled at former Dallas Mavericks player Wang Zhizhi, the first Chinese player in the N-B-A. Wang refused to
return to play with the national team and was labeled an immature
ingrate. he suffered an five-year estrangement from Chinese
basketball that ended only last year after he made a humiliating