Yao Ming was recently elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball. However, one former NBA player and now a basketball show host, Jalen Rose, believes that the Chinese center does not deserve to make it to list of elite group of players in the sport.
“[Yao Ming] absolutely, positively does not deserve to be in the Hall of Fame. It’s not even close,” Rose, who played for a number of NBA teams from 1994 to 2007, said in the ESPN show, “Jalen and Jacoby”.
Rose, who was a known scorer and defending during his playing career in the league, said that there is bias for international players in the selection in the Hall of Fame and that players like Yao Ming has an unfair advantage over their American counterparts.
“I don’t like the fact that there’s an international committee that votes for international players and put them in the same Hall of Fame as the American-born players but they lower the bar based on their productivity?,” Rose added.
“That’s not fair. I don’t like that. Just because you are an international player, doesn’t give you an easier run to the Hall of Fame.”
Yao Ming played for just one team in the NBA, the Houston Rockets, from 2002 to 2011. He had a respectable career but his NBA experience was short due to chronic injuries that forced him to retire early in basketball, in 2011.
Yao Ming, who was the first international player to be drafted as the first overall pick in the NBA Draft history, was named to the NBA All Star team eight times in his NBA career.
Is Jalen Rose correct in calling out the Hall of Fame committee in including Yao Ming in the elite basketball players’ list? Does Yao Ming deserve to be in the basketball Hall of Fame despite a career filled with injuries?
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