Yao Ming to be Nominated for Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame
Yao Ming was nominated by a member of a Chinese media that might earn him a place in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame by next year. Yao will enter the hall of fame not as a player but as a great contributor to the game.
Yao retired this July because of persistent leg and foot injuries. He will be remembered for his impact globally, which expanded the league’s reach all throughout Asia. A panel of experts will consider Yao’s credentials, and six out of the seven must give an approval for Yao’s election to the hall of fame. The panel can only select one individual to be entered in the hall of fame and Yao will be facing 15 other possible candidates in line for induction.
There is no guarantee when someone gets nominated that they will get elected during their first year, since the panel needs to look into the pros and cons of the person. Yao’s popularity and charisma helped increase merchandising sales and TV ratings after the Rockets that made him the top pick in the 2002 draft. His former coach Jeff Van Gundy says that Yao deserves to be in the hall of fame for his unprecedented impact on the game.