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Photos: Yao Ming towers over everyone

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(l-r) Houston Mayor Annise Parker greets former Houston Rockets center Yao Ming after The inaugural flight of Air China arrived at George Bush Intercontinental from Beijing Capital International Airport with Yao Ming as a passenger Thursday, July 11, 2013. The unprecedented partnership between Houston and China opens a new gateway and solidly connects business and leisure travelers between the fourth largest city in the U.S. and mainland China. less
(l-r) Houston Mayor Annise Parker greets former Houston Rockets center Yao Ming after The inaugural flight of Air China arrived at George Bush Intercontinental from Beijing Capital International Airport with … more

Photo: Billy Smith II

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China 2019 Ambassador and former basketball star Yao Ming, left, and Philippine Congressman and eight-time world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao pose for a photo ahead of FIBA’s announcement on whether the Philippines or China will host the 2019 Basketball World Cup, in Tokyo, Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. less
China 2019 Ambassador and former basketball star Yao Ming, left, and Philippine Congressman and eight-time world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao pose for a photo ahead of FIBA’s announcement on whether the … more

Photo: Koji Sasahara, AP

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China’s former basketball player and CPPCC representative Yao Ming, center, is chased by journalists as he arrives at the Great Hall of the People to attend the opening session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing, Thursday, March 3, 2016. The more than 2,000 members of China’s top legislative advisory body convened their annual meeting Thursday, kicking off a political high season that will continue with the opening of the national congress on Saturday. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) less
China’s former basketball player and CPPCC representative Yao Ming, center, is chased by journalists as he arrives at the Great Hall of the People to attend the opening session of the Chinese People’s Political … more

Photo: Andy Wong, STF

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Yao Ming and Hakeem spent some time working out on the Toyota Center floor.

Yao Ming and Hakeem spent some time working out on the Toyota Center floor.

Photo: Steve Ueckert, Chronicle

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President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach, center, greets retired Chinese professional basketball player Yao Ming, right, during the Beijing’s bid presentation for the host city for the 2022 Winter Games, at the 128th International Olympic Committee session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, July, 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul) less
President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach, center, greets retired Chinese professional basketball player Yao Ming, right, during the Beijing’s bid presentation for the host city for the … more

Photo: Joshua Paul, Associated Press

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Photo: Eugene Hoshiko, Associated Press

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Photo: Eugene Hoshiko, Associated Press

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Basketball giant Yao Ming visited Africa to see first hand the plight of elephants and Rhinos killed every day for their ivory.

Basketball giant Yao Ming visited Africa to see first hand the plight of elephants and Rhinos killed every day for their ivory.

Photo: Kristian Schmidt / Wild Aid

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BEIJING, CHINA – JULY 09: In this U.S. Department of State handout, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (4L) talks with former NBA player Yao Ming (3L) after thanking him for his activism during an anti-wildlife trafficking event on the sidelines of the sixth U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue on July 9, 2014 in Beijing, China. (Photo by U.S. Department of State via Getty Images) *** BESTPIX *** less
BEIJING, CHINA – JULY 09: In this U.S. Department of State handout, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (4L) talks with former NBA player Yao Ming (3L) after thanking him for his activism during an … more

Photo: Handout, Getty Images

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Houston Rockets Yao Ming is heckled by a Utah Jazz fan as he is pulled out of the game during second quarter action in Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference first round playoffs Thursday, April 26, 2007, in Salt Lake City. ( Smiley N. Pool / Chronicle ) less
Houston Rockets Yao Ming is heckled by a Utah Jazz fan as he is pulled out of the game during second quarter action in Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference first round playoffs Thursday, April 26, 2007, in … more

Photo: Houston Chronicle

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Houston Rockets’ Yao Ming sits near the court during the NBA All Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

Houston Rockets’ Yao Ming sits near the court during the NBA All Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

Photo: Bill Haber, Associated Press

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China’s basketball player Yao Ming, who plays for NBA`s Houston Rockets, towers over other athletes as he takes part in opening ceremonies for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Friday, August 13, 2004. (AP Photo/Ryan Remiorz) less
China’s basketball player Yao Ming, who plays for NBA`s Houston Rockets, towers over other athletes as he takes part in opening ceremonies for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Friday, August 13, 2004. (AP … more

Photo: RYAN REMIORZ, Associated Press

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NBA Official Bob Delaney, right, shows Houston Rockets Yao Ming (11) why he was called for his third foul, during the second quarter, Saturday, April 9, 2005, in Phoenix.(AP Photo/Roy Dabner)

NBA Official Bob Delaney, right, shows Houston Rockets Yao Ming (11) why he was called for his third foul, during the second quarter, Saturday, April 9, 2005, in Phoenix.(AP Photo/Roy Dabner)

Photo: ROY DABNER, Associated Press

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Yao Ming with Houston wine collector, author and blogger Denman Moody.

Yao Ming with Houston wine collector, author and blogger Denman Moody.

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(Eugene Hoshiko / Associated Press)

(Eugene Hoshiko / Associated Press)

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NBA player Vince Carter from the Toronto Raptors, right, faces off with China’s Yao Ming during a publicity event for sports apparel company Nike in Beijing, China, Wednesday, July 24, 2002. Yao Ming was the top selection during the recent NBA draft and will play for the Houston Rockets next season. less
NBA player Vince Carter from the Toronto Raptors, right, faces off with China’s Yao Ming during a publicity event for sports apparel company Nike in Beijing, China, Wednesday, July 24, 2002. Yao Ming was the … more

Photo: NG HAN GUAN, AP

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China’s basketball star Yao Ming, (R) and founder of Yao Foundation shakes hands with Brett Jenks (L), president and CEO of RARE, a NGO focused on conservation in Hong Kong on May 13, 2012. RARE and the Yao Foundation unveiled a new partnership that aims to engage youth in conservation activities across China. less
China’s basketball star Yao Ming, (R) and founder of Yao Foundation shakes hands with Brett Jenks (L), president and CEO of RARE, a NGO focused on conservation in Hong Kong on May 13, 2012. RARE and the Yao … more

Photo: ANTONY DICKSON, AFP/Getty Images

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A television photographer follows Yao Ming, of the Chinese national basketball team as he and other members of the team arrive at Oakland International Airport on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2002, in Oakland, Calif. The U.S. national team takes on the Chinese team in an exhibition on Thursday in Oakland and U.S. players are anxious to get their first up-close look at the 7-foot-5 center from China who was chosen first overall by the Houston Rockets in the NBA draft in June. less
A television photographer follows Yao Ming, of the Chinese national basketball team as he and other members of the team arrive at Oakland International Airport on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2002, in Oakland, Calif. … more

Photo: NICK LAMMERS, AP

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HOUSTON – OCTOBER 1: Yao Ming #11 and Tracy McGrady #1 of the Houston Rockets pose for a portrait during NBA Media Day on October 1, 2008 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2008 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images) less
HOUSTON – OCTOBER 1: Yao Ming #11 and Tracy McGrady #1 of the Houston Rockets pose for a portrait during NBA Media Day on October 1, 2008 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly … more

Photo: Bill Baptist, NBAE/Getty Images

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Houston Rockets trainer Jason Biles, left, works on the left foot of center Yao Ming, of China, before the Rockets’ NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010, in Houston.

Houston Rockets trainer Jason Biles, left, works on the left foot of center Yao Ming, of China, before the Rockets’ NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010, in Houston.

Photo: Dave Einsel, AP

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Houston Rockets’ Cuttino Mobley, left, high fives center Yao Ming in the first half against the Toronto Raptors Saturday, Nov. 2, 2002, in Houston.

Houston Rockets’ Cuttino Mobley, left, high fives center Yao Ming in the first half against the Toronto Raptors Saturday, Nov. 2, 2002, in Houston.

Photo: PAT SULLIVAN, AP

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Center Yao Ming, right, of the Chinese National basketball team, is surrounded by reporters as his team arrives at Oakland International Airport, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2002, in Oakland, Calif. Ming was the first player selected in the 2002 NBA draft. The Chinese team is to play the US national team on Thursday evening in Oakland. less
Center Yao Ming, right, of the Chinese National basketball team, is surrounded by reporters as his team arrives at Oakland International Airport, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2002, in Oakland, Calif. Ming was the first … more

Photo: NICK LAMMERS, AP

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Delegate Yao Ming, right, a retired NBA basketball star, walks out from the venue of the opening session of the 5th Plenary Session of the 11th Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Shanghai Committee Tuesday Jan. 10, 2012 in Shanghai, China. ( AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) less
Delegate Yao Ming, right, a retired NBA basketball star, walks out from the venue of the opening session of the 5th Plenary Session of the 11th Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) … more

Photo: Eugene Hoshiko, ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Phoenix Suns center Shaquille O’Neal, left, tries to get around Houston Rockets center Yao Ming in the second quarter of an NBA game at the Toyota Center on Friday, March 6, 2009, in Houston. ( Julio Cortez / Chronicle ) less
Phoenix Suns center Shaquille O’Neal, left, tries to get around Houston Rockets center Yao Ming in the second quarter of an NBA game at the Toyota Center on Friday, March 6, 2009, in Houston. ( Julio Cortez / … more

Photo: Julio Cortez, Staff

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Houston Rockets’ Yao Ming and 1st grade student Jackson Loyd arrive to school in a limo, as Yao visits Loyd’s homeroom and the Rocket’s Prep Rally at Hunter’s Creek Elementary School on Thursday, May 19, 2011, in Houston. The Loyd Family purchased the opportunity to bring Yao to school during the Rocket’s 2011 Tux and Tennies Gala held in March. less
Houston Rockets’ Yao Ming and 1st grade student Jackson Loyd arrive to school in a limo, as Yao visits Loyd’s homeroom and the Rocket’s Prep Rally at Hunter’s Creek Elementary School on Thursday, May 19, 2011, … more

Photo: Mayra Beltran, Houston Chronicle

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Rockets owner Leslie Alexander with Yao Ming and his wife Ye Li

Rockets owner Leslie Alexander with Yao Ming and his wife Ye Li

Photo: Gary Fountain

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Rockets injured center Yao Ming looks on from the sideline. Yao is out with a bone bruise in the left ankle.

Rockets injured center Yao Ming looks on from the sideline. Yao is out with a bone bruise in the left ankle.

Photo: Bob Levey, AP

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The Houston Rockets Aaron Brooks high fives Yao Ming during the Rockets practice session at the Toyota Center Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010, in Houston.

The Houston Rockets Aaron Brooks high fives Yao Ming during the Rockets practice session at the Toyota Center Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010, in Houston.

Photo: James Nielsen, Houston Chronicle

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Yao Ming joined Dynamo forward Brian Ching to welcome FIFA’s six-person inspection delegation.

Yao Ming joined Dynamo forward Brian Ching to welcome FIFA’s six-person inspection delegation.

Photo: Michael Paulsen, Chronicle

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