Yet Another Chinese Giant

Yesterday, the most sought after person on Yahoo was Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, which is no surprise given her great talent and the fact she has finished writing the last book in the series, exciting millions of fans around the globe. The second most searched item on Yahoo is Sun Ming Ming.

Which begs the question, who the hell is Sun Ming Ming?

It’s very possible that you’re going to joke that, quite possibly, it’s yet another monster basketball player from China, out to try his hand at playing in the NBA, just like his more famous countryman Yao Ming, well, you’re right.

Sun Ming Ming is a 7’8, 22 year old, 335 pounds player just recently signed up by the ABA team Maryland Nighthawks. The Who?!? Yeah, I don’t know who they are either, and until they signed up Ming Ming, probably the rest of the world didn’t as well (which is probably why they signed him up).

Here are some helpful facts about this yet – another Chinese Basketball Giant, useful for when you get together with your gang to enjoy a round of beer:

  • He is officially, the world’s tallest basketball player.
  • Wears size 19″ shoes. Where he buys them isn’t mentioned. I think it’d be interesting to know that.
  • Went through surgery to remove a benign brain tumor attached to his pituitary gland that is stifling his production of testosterone.
  • Incidentally, this inability to produce testosterone appeared to have been the reason why he was unable to impress talent scouts when he tried to apply for NBA teams in 2005. He has since recovered, and as he has been signed up by the Nighthawks it looks like he can now play.
  • He has finished filming a fight sequence with Chris Tucker for Rush Hour 3. I have a feeling they’re probably gonna recreate that famous fight scene between Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Bruce Lee in Game Of Death, this time obviously in a really cool role reversal thing. I can’t wait to see this, it’ll definitely be hilarious.

He makes it look like a tennis ball.

The world awaits whether this guy’s a bust or not. In the meantime, here are a few helpful links I found while researching for this post.

An interview on Hoopshype.com
Sun Ming Ming’s Wikipedia Page
Article on his getting signed up 1.
Article on his getting signed up 2.
Savesunmingming.com, a site setup to help raise funds for his operation last 2005.
Article for when he was signed up for USBL Dodge City Legends.
Ma Jian’s Wikipedia Page
Mengke Bateer’s Wikipedia Page
Wang ZhiZhi’s Wikipedia Page
Yao Ming’s Wikipedia Page

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