Yao Ming is one of the biggest stars in basketball today-literally. At seven feet, six-inches, Yao's impressive performance for the NBA's Houston Rockets earned him the Rookie of the Year Award in 2002-2003, and put him on the covers of Sports Illustrated and other magazines, as well as in television commercials for brands such as Visa and Gatorade. His gentle nature off the court doesn't impede his domination on the court, and his sensational seasons have brought a new surge of interest to the NBA. Watch for him in the Summer '04 Olympics!
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