For many NBA players, the chance to meet Hall of Famer Michael Jordan is a nerve-wracking moment. He is widely regarded as being the best player to ever play the game. In a recent interview with Graham Bensinger, Hall of Famer Yao Ming reminisced about his first experience with Sir Airness.
Although Yao had limited experience playing Jordan in his final season, it’s obvious that the six-time NBA champion made a tremendous impact on him. Jordan has become the one of the greatest influence of many of the greatest players to play the game after him such as Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. The chance to not only meet him but also play against him must have been one of the greatest moments of Yao’s professional basketball career.
Following that year, Yao was able to put together an extremely successful NBA career that helped him earn an induction into the Hall of Fame. He has also made a huge impact on the game helping expand it globally to other countries across Asia aside from China. All in all, this was a moment that Yao will forever cherish playing against one of his idols.