Yao ming selectd in the 2008 NBA All Star Game

  • it's the sixth consecutive year for Yao to take this honour.

The 2008 NBA All Star team starting lineups were announced on Jan 25, Houston’s very own Yao Ming was selected to start in the All Star Game for the sixth consecutive year, having been the leading vote-getter every season since his inauguration into the NBA in 2002.

With this honor, Yao joins former legend Hakeem Olajuwon as the only two Houston Rockets to be voted to six All Star Games in a career while playing in Clutch City.

Yao earned 1,709,180 votes through online and paper ballots, making him the third leading vote-getter in the West, behind Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (2,004,940) and Denver’s Carmelo Anthony (1,723,701).

Yao has averaged 22.4 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game under new head coach Rick Adelman’s offensive scheme, registering career highs in boards and swats. Yao ranks sixth in the NBA with 25 double-doubles this year.

“I would like to thank all fans from around the world for voting again for me this season,” said Yao when told of the voting results. “It is always an honor to be named to the All-Star Game. I really look forward to this year’s game since I was unable to play last year even though I was voted as a starter,” proclaimed Yao – citing last year’s All-Star events in which he could not participate because of a fractured knee suffered two months before the game.


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