Following the trade that sent Ron Artest to the Rockets, Yao Ming was understandably concerned.
Sure, Artest is talented and all, but this is a guy that has been known to beat up fans
for throwing cups of water, demand trades at random intervals
, threaten to retire
to promote album sales, and sport some pretty horrific hairstyles
. Rockets fans in China were a tad worried as well. Here are some very poorly translated excerpts from Chinese fan sites...
"I can understand from the rocket urgent urgent 'Yao and McGrady (Tracy McGrady) era' has never been able to break through the first round of the playoffs Curse of the situation."
"Although headed center Yao Ming also agree that the team will increase the combat capability, but also worried that the rocket team atmosphere may be affected."
"This is the player the Rockets need most is my favorite type, a personality. McGrady is the soft egg, and Yao Ming are often trapped in the physical character in the East, which is why the Rockets are always tough but dry, not a first round of the playoffs."
All similarities between T-Mac and dairy products aside, Maggie Rauch over at Shanghaiist.com
pointed out that, before Yao Ming came to the NBA, he's partnered with some short-tempered derelicts himself.
"It should be noted that the guys Yao is playing with right now — the Chinese national team — have also been known to throw some blows when things get heated on the court. The team was involved in a fray in a game against Lebanon at the 2001 Asian Championships in which Li Nan, who is still playing with the national team, reportedly brandished a pair of scissors. Yao was on the bench at the time and not involved in the fight. More recently, and documented with video evidence, China had a good dust-up with Puerto Rico in the 2005 Stankovic Cup.
Here is the video of the Stank Cup brawl. You'll notice that, shortly after the fight, Team Puerto Rico grabbed their stuff and got the hell out of there, essentially ending the game. Wait, isn't Puerto Rico one of the most dangerous places in the world?
And all it took was a pissed-off Yi Jianlian and a few fans throwing garbage to send them cowering? I'm so disappointed.
Labels: China, fights, Houston Rockets, Ron Artest, Yao Ming